Millrace for Howison’s Mill

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Just one more visit to Howison’s Mill, this time to look at the millrace that fed and provided the motive power for the mill. Click here for my previous posts on the mill. The mill proved to be an impediment … Continue reading

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Engineers on the Rappahannock (Part 2)

Organization and Pay of Engineer Regiments

During the Civil War, engineer support to the Union war effort was limited to engineers in the U.S. Regular Army and volunteer engineer regiments from five Union states.  These volunteers were organized into thirteen engineer regiments, one engineer battalion, and seven engineer companies. Volunteer engineer regiments were not Continue reading

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Howison’s Mill

I return to the crossing of Hazel Run (click here) to look at the mill which operated in this location for over 100 years. Howison’s Mill was constructed of wood and stone in 1797 by William Drummond. It stood two stories tall and got access to water from the mill pond built upstream on Hazel Run. Ownership of the mill changed hands several times, but at the time of the Civil War it was owned by John Howison.

Confederate Use of Howison’s Mill

The mill first appeared in a drawing of Fredericksburg, as seen from Lee’s Hill, sketched by London Illustrated News Civil War Artist Frank Vizetelly. On the morning of 11 December, while Burnside’s Union Army of the Potomac is attempting to cross the Continue reading

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Pontoons on the Rappahannock (Part 1)

With this blog, I begin a series of posts dealing with engineer support of the Union attack at Fredericksburg, VA on 11-15 December 1862. We normally tell the story of the battle from top down or from the General’s point of view. I will attempt to do the opposite, telling the story from the point of view of the engineers involved. This initially is told by Colonel (then Captain) Wesley Brainerd, Commander of C Company, 50th New York Continue reading

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156th Anniversary and Remembrance Walk

This past weekend, December 8th and 9th, the National Park Service (NPS) Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park conducted its annual anniversary and remembrance program on the Battle of Fredericksburg. I volunteer at the park and am normally found at the Fredericksburg (NPS) Visitors’ Center on the third Thursday of each month. For this weekend, I assisted the ranger/historian team of John Hennessey, Frank O’Reilly, Greg Mertz and Beth Parnicza. I managed to capture images of the activities.  Saturday, while chilly, was clear. Sunday began as an overcast day, Continue reading

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