Tag Archives: 61st OVI

Sulphur Springs, Virginia

On August 23 and 24, 1862, the 61st OVI had another fight with elements of General Longstreet’s Corps at Sulphur Springs, Virginia.  On August 25, it had a brisk skirmish at Waterloo Bridge.  The 61st’s task on August 25 was to burn … Continue reading

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Freeman’s Ford, Virginia

By mid-August 1862, Confederate General Robert E. Lee knew that Union General George B. McClellan was redeploying his army from the Peninsula to unite with General Pope’s Army of Virginia on the Rapidan River.  Lee sent General James Longstreet and his Corps … Continue reading

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“I shall endeavor to do my duty”

Frustration is clearly evident in this letter from Robert Patterson to Colonel J. F. Harrison in Dayton, Ohio.  The letter, sent August 7, 1862, is primarily about Union Army politics, the need for good leadership in the 61st OVI, and … Continue reading

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