27 August 2008 by Published in: General News 6 comments

My friend and fellow student of the 1865 Carolinas Campaign, Col. Wade Sokolosky (U. S. Army), sent me an e-mail from Afghanistan today. Wade’s been in Afghanistan for four months now, and has another eight months to go. He was recently promoted to full colonel from lieutenant colonel, and is career Regular Army. He’s the sort of guy that we Americans owe a great deal to, and I am always conscious of that when I talk to him.

Along with his good friend Maj. Mark Smith (U. S. Army, retired), Wade is one of the two authors of a terrific book titled “No Such Army Since the Days of Julius Caesar”: Sherman’s Carolinas Campaign from Fayetteville to Averasboro, which Ironclad published several years ago. It’s the only book-length tactical study of the Battle of Averasboro, which was a classic defense in depth in the style of the Battle of Cowpens or the Battle of Guilford Court House.

Despite being deployed to Afghanistan, Wade has managed to put together and launch his own web site for the first time. It can be found here. The site includes lots of useful and interesting information about the Carolinas Campaign and about the Fayetteville Arsenal. I commend both Wade’s book and Wade’s site to you. I’ve added a link to the site.

Great site, Wade. And thanks for your service.

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Comments

  1. Wade Sokolosky
    Thu 28th Aug 2008 at 4:14 am

    Eric,

    Let me say thanks for your support to our men and women serving overseas. I speak for all when I say it is very much appreciated.

    Ditto for your plug on my new website. Its just a start and I will add more information as time allows in the future.

    My mental escape from the stress and seriousness of our work here in Afghanistan is to go back to 1865 and continue my study of Sherman’s Carolinas Campaign. Even though it may only be one hour during the whole week, its my little way of finding relief.

    As the site progresses it is my hope fellow students of the campaign will find the site interesting and helpful.

    Until we one day walk a battlefield together, take care my friend.

    Wade

  2. Thu 28th Aug 2008 at 8:54 am

    Dear Sir ,
    I wonder if the Colonel is related to the Colonel Sokolowsky , Sokolowski ? of the 14th Louisiana Infantry Regt. , The Polish Legion ?
    cordially ,
    David Corbett

  3. Thu 28th Aug 2008 at 9:56 am

    I spent some time in that country myself. If Col. Sokolowsky is able to juggle what I know is a demanding day job (that doesn’t conform to normal day schedules btw) and maintain a web site, then he’s doing a remarkable job!

  4. Thu 28th Aug 2008 at 11:11 am

    Nice website. Can’t wait for the Wyse Fork study.

    David C.,
    I believe the name you’re looking for is Valery Sulakowski.

    Drew

  5. Randy
    Thu 28th Aug 2008 at 12:55 pm

    Eric:
    Thanks for the heads up on Wade’s site. I haven’t talked to him since the event at Averasboro just before he shipped out and I’m glad to know he is doing well. I liked his site and have contacted him to catch up and share some info I have recently come across regarding Goldsborough Bridge (maps!!!). I share your regard for Wade’s service and for that of all his comrades in arms. We all enjoy the comforts and opportunities we have due in no small part to their service.

    Randy

  6. Wade Sokolosky
    Thu 28th Aug 2008 at 1:45 pm

    David C.,
    No relation my friend, my father’s parents did not arrive in the US until 1918.

    Craig,
    Your right on the optempo over here, but I have a close associate stationed in Korea right now who is creating the website as a way to pass his days off. If my boss thought I had that much time on my hands, oh boy, I would get a lesson in the Rommel school of staffwork.

    Drew,
    Wyse Fork is coming along, I had three chapters in draft and did the battle handoff to Mark on my way out the door. I’m excited about the project and can’t wait to get back home so we can finish it up.

    Randy,
    Shoot me the Goldsborough information on AOL and look forward to the updates. I check the website to stay abrest on all the hardwork taking place at the battlefield. Thanks to the team and all their efforts to preserve the history of Goldsborough Battlefield.

    Cheers!! Little British Staff Officer influence, its rubbing off on me. The joy of Coalition Warfare.

    Wade

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