Writing from the Trans-Mississippi Theatre

Emerging Civil War welcomes guest author Nathan Provost

“How can I trust your work if you have not visited the battlefield?” “Why have you not visited the battlefield?” “Why don’t you study the battles of the Trans-Mississippi?” These are all legitimate questions I receive occasionally. I’ve lived in Kansas City most of my life. Here, I experience the best barbecue, the Royals and Chiefs, and the World War I museum. There is a great Civil War history here in Kansas City that I would encourage any enthusiast to investigate. Nonetheless, my emphasis is on Grant’s Eastern Campaigns, more specifically the battle of Cold Harbor. How can someone from Kansas City become an expert on the Overland and Petersburg Campaigns if they do not reside in Virginia? Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 10/26-11/1/20

Sarah Bierle has been working on a blog series about historical legends, and she wants to know:

What are your favorite legends or legendary moments from the American Civil War? Do you find it difficult to tell where facts end and legends begin in some interpretations of your favorite?

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Grant on the Eve of Victory

ECW’s own Derek Maxfield has a new project underway as part of his history-based theater company, Rudely Stamp’d: Grant on the Eve of Victory.

Set in late March 1865, this one-act play features a conversation between Lt. General U.S. Grant and war correspondent George Alfred Townsend of the New York World.

The play depicts an informal, late-night interview that features Grant’s recollections about Maj. General William Tecumseh Sherman, the Battle of Shiloh, the surrender of Vicksburg, and his thoughts about Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Continue reading

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Week In Review: October 19-25, 2020

It’s that time again, and there are a variety of posts with some humor, photographs, poetry, battlefield anniversaries, preservation, common soldier stories, and more in this week’s review!

Monday, October 19:

Question of the Week focuses on battles in the Shenandoah Valley.

Derek Maxfield posted about a “crabby” experience at Point Lookout prisoner of war camp. Continue reading

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CWRT Congress: It’s All About Added Value

By Mike Movius

Early on, the founders of CWRT Congress realized that one of the best ways to promote and to achieve CWRT sustainability would be for the Congress to develop an attitude of providing value. But, at the time, we were simply holding annual conferences that emphasized the experiences of our own CWRTs. It wasn’t until the Harrisburg conference that we decided to develop a website and to fill it with ways to achieve sustainability. Continue reading

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The Richmond Howitzers at Spotsy

It was a beautiful day to be on the battlefield today….

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Mount Davis’ Civil War Connection

The view from the observation tower on Mount Davis.  Author photo.

In the southwestern corner of Pennsylvania, far from the great battlefields of Virginia, Tennessee, and Georgia, are the rugged Allegheny Mountains. This remote part of Somerset County has the highest ridges in the state, with an unlikely Civil War connection. Mount Davis, at 3,213 feet, is the highest point in the state. Mount Davis is named for Civil War veteran and local resident John Nelson Davis. Continue reading

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Saving History Saturday: 303 Acres To Save In Tennessee

American Battlefield Trust announced the opportunity to preserve two important tracts totaling 301 acres at Lookout Mountain and Franklin in Tennessee.

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ECW Weekender: The Green Machine Regiment Band at Ball’s Bluff

The 8th Green Machine (GM) Regiment Band will be performing an hour-long concert at Ball’s Bluff Regional Battlefield Park on Saturday, October 24th starting at 1:00 pm to commemorate the 159th anniversary of the Battle of Ball’s Bluff. Since 2018, the band has performed at the battlefield twice each year: once on the Fourth of July and once for the observance and remembrance of the October 21st, 1861 battle.

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Delity Powell Kelly: A Child in a Confederate Camp

ECW welcomes guest author Sheritta Bitikofer

In January of 1930, a new soldier’s pension application was submitted in the state of Florida. While at first glance, this was nothing unusual for the time. Soldiers were growing older and desired compensation for their sacrifice to the Southern cause for independence. However, this application was special and marked up in unusual places. Instances where the word “he” were typed – referring to the applicant – had been crossed out and changed to “she.” The veteran, Delilah “Delity” Powell Kelly, born June 4th, 1851, was not looking for a widow’s pension. She was looking for a soldier’s pension for her services as a young nurse in the Confederacy.

Excerpt from Delity Powell Pension Application (Floridamemory.com)

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