It was just 100 miles from Washington D.C. to the Confederate capital at Richmond, Virginia, but the trip took many twists and turns and four long years. The Eastern Theater of the American Civil War ran from southern Pennsylvania to Virginia’s North Carolina border and from Chesapeake Bay to the mountains west of the Shenandoah Valley. It included the first big battle at Bull Run, the deadliest single day at Antietam, and the greatest battle of the war at Gettysburg.
There were other theaters and armies, and some of the most decisive blows of the war were elsewhere. But to many the heart and soul of the Civil War was the contest between the Union Army of the Potomac and the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia.
This site was started to provide background information for the Stone Sentinels site about Civil War battlefield monuments. Its goal is to help viewers better understand the battles and campaigns of the Eastern Theater by providing more in-depth information on the people, military units, landscape and timelines that were involved.
These sections include the organization of the armies in the East on a month to month basis including their commanders and their composition down to the regimental and battery level. These also include a history of most regiments and batteries that served in the east.
A brief background on some of the lesser-known but important people in the Eastern Theater.
West Point provided the leadership for the armies of both sides. This section lists United States Military Academy classes from 1802 until 1864 with information about whether each officer served in the war, on which side, and the highest rank he attained.
Please excuse the construction…
This site is in the process of having its several thousand pages upgraded to a multi-screen-friendly format. It is also always being added to. Sorry for any mess or confusion, and I hope you find something interesting and useful here.