Kyle Bondo explores the multi-national and multi-racial backgrounds of those that joined and served in the Union Army.

War Yankee – Intelligence

Intelligence.02: An American Army


It’s May 4th, 1864 — You are a soldier in the Army of the Potomac marching towards the Rapidan River and into The Wilderness — a 70-mile tract of thickets and dense forest that only a year before had been the location of this same armies defeat at the Battle of Chancellorsville. Before you cross the floating bridge over the Rapidan River that will be later be torn up so that you cannot use it again to retreat… you may ask yourself… How did I get here?


“I am greatly obliged to you, and to all who have come forward at the call of their country.”
— President Abraham Lincoln

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Written by : Kyle Bondo

Kyle Bondo is a US Navy veteran, podcaster, and amateur historian from Fredericksburg, Virginia. War Yankee - Overland is his first American Civil War podcast that follows Lt.Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's Overland Campaign from May-June 1864. Visit for more tales of woe from Kyle!