Registration is Now Open for the Second Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium

July 24 – 26, 2015

Second Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge                

$75 early bird rate-register by April 30th, $95 regular rate, Reservations Required

Join Civil War historians and preservationists for the Second Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium, co-sponsored by publisher Savas Beatie, LLC.  The 2015 theme is “Civil War Legacies” and topics will include the 1865 surrenders, Lincoln assassination, battlefield preservation and the legacy of the Civil War.  Fee includes a Friday night round table discussion; lectures, lunch and book signings on Saturday with tours of the Chancellorsville Battlefield on Sunday.

For more information or to register, e-mail: or contact Stevenson Ridge at (540) 582-6263.  Stevenson Ridge is located at:  6901 Meeting Street, Spotsylvania, VA 22553

Keep checking back to for additional details and announcements related to the symposium.

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Coming Soon from the Emerging Civil War Series: To the Bitter End

Layout 1The Emerging Civil War Series continues to wrap up its coverage of the end of the war, right in line with the sesquicentennial, by going right down To the Bitter End: Appomattox, Bennett Place, and the Surrenders of the Confederacy.

Author Robert M. “Bert” Dunkerly has worked at Appomattox and written about Greensboro and Bennett Place, so he knows the material well.

What’s particularly exciting about this book, though, is that for the first time, a single volume looks at all the surrenders and weaves them together as a single narrative.

“The ending of the war is a fascinating story with many twists and turns,” Bert explains. “Each surrender unfolded differently, and no two followed the same pattern. Those of us who study the war appreciate how much effort and planning go into the campaigns and battles, but this was no less true of the surrender negotiations, too.”

From the back cover: Continue reading

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Tenting Among the Dead

Many locations throughout Virginia witnessed multiple battles during the four years of civil war. The slope to Marye’s Heights in Fredericksburg that seemed so insurmountable in December of 1862 again felt the tramp of Union attackers the following spring in a decisively successful charge. The Wilderness of Spotsylvania County muddled tactics and confused soldiers during early May of both 1863 and 1864. Union and Confederate armies vied for the Cold Harbor crossroads near Gaines’ Mill at the end of McClellan’s Peninsula Campaign in 1862 and Grant’s Overland Campaign in 1864. Each time the soldiers returned to their previous battlegrounds visual memories of the carnage awaited them. The grueling duration of the Petersburg Campaign guaranteed these grim reminders would be ever present.

107PA - James B. ThomasFirst Lieutenant James B. Thomas and the 107th Pennsylvania Infantry desperately clung to the ground they seized along the Weldon Railroad in August 1864. Union presence astride the tracks cut the major supply line feeding the city of Petersburg from North Carolina. A vicious battle from August 18-21 brought heavy casualties to the northern side but they maintained a strategic victory. The marginally successful Confederates had to yield both battlefield around Globe Tavern and Reams Station and retreated to Petersburg’s inner lines. Meanwhile the Union Fifth Corps hastily improved their new permanent location right atop the previous week’s battlefield. “At this place the dead were all buried where they fell,” wrote Thomas. “There are a great many of them scattered about among the camps.”[1]

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Paving Over Civil War Memory in the Sesquicentennial Season

CattCoMemBldgA recent decision by legislators in Cattaraugus Country, New York, has paved the way for the destruction of the county’s Civil War Memorial and Historical Building.

Men from Cattaraugus County served in a number of regiments during the war, but arguably the best known was the 154th New York Infantry, better known as the Hardtack Regiment. Amos Humiston, the initially unidentified soldier at Gettysburg found with a photo of his three children, was from Cattaraugus County. The 188th New York came from the area, too; William Whitlock recounted their adventures through his letters in Allegany to Appomattox, edited by Valgene Dunham.

St. Bonaventure University, where I teach, is located in Cattaraugus County. So that’s my dog in the hunt. This is local, which makes it personal.

What follows is an open letter to the county legislators: Continue reading

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A Visit to Averasboro and Bentonville

Monument of joseph Johnston at Bentonville.

Monument of Joseph Johnston at Bentonville.

Over Columbus Day weekend, I had the opportunity to travel to North Carolina to take pictures of the battlefields of Averasboro and Bentonville. These pictures will be used in Calamity in Carolina: The Battles of Averasboro and Bentonville, March 1865. This book is part of the Emerging Civil War Series by Savas Beatie, LLC. Once again, I am co-authoring this work with my good pal, Phill Greenwalt. This will be our third book together, along with Bloody Autumn: The Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864 and Hurricane from the Heavens: The Battle of Cold Harbor, May 26-June 5, 1864, in the Series. As we captured many pictures during the trip, Chris Mackowski recommended that I share some of them with the loyal readers of ECW.


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Coming Soon from the Emerging Civil War Series: Dawn of Victory

Layout 1As we continue to roll out the next wave of releases for the Emerging Civil War Series, we head south of the James River for Edward S. Alexander’s debut book, Dawn of Victory: Breakthrough at Petersburg.

In the few years since I took interest in the climactic April 2nd assaults against the Petersburg defenses, the Breakthrough Battlefield has undergone a complete physical transformation to restore most of the decisive historic landscape,” explains Edward, who works as a historian at Pamplin Park. “This book was not conceived in a dusty library far removed from the action but with axe and chainsaw–as vital as pen and paper to this project–exposing from many of the subtle topographic quirks so instrumental in directing Civil War combat. I can comfortably say as a park ranger that my blood and sweat is heavily invested into these pages, and I am eager to share this rediscovered battlefield.” Continue reading

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Registration for the Second Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium

earthworksWe at the Emerging Civil War are pleased to announce that registration will open for the Second Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium this coming Saturday, November 1. You, our loyal readers, were a big part of making this past year’s symposium a success. We hope to see you again in 2015. Stay tuned to Emerging Civil War this weekend for additional information on how to register.

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“The Kind of Whom Heroes are Made”

Ransom,Thomas150 years ago today, one of the rising stars of the Union army died along a lonely stretch of road west of Rome, Georgia. Twenty-nine-year-old Bvt. Maj. Gen. Thomas E.G. Ransom passed away from the effects of dysentery.

It would have shocked anyone who knew him that Ransom would meet his end in such a way instead of on the battlefield. Ransom was wounded in combat four times, twice seriously. Indeed, Gen. Sherman said of him, “Rising Man, one of the best officers in the service; been shot to pieces, but it doesn’t hurt him.” Continue reading

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Money vs Memory

Editor’s Note: ECW is committed to historical preservation. Although Chris Kolakowski reacts to an instance related to a different war, this is something of concern to the general preservation community, so we’re pleased to bring it to our readers’ attention.

The recent news of the desecration of the Force Z shipwrecks, HMS Prince of Wales and Repulse, off Malaysia is horrendous. As a descendent of Royal Navy veterans of both World Wars and someone who has published on Force Z, I am disturbed. These ships are the grave of 840 British sailors, including an admiral. (For more information, see the story here.) The motive for these salvors is profit, in some cases simply putting food on the table – immediate money trumping consideration of the long-term memory.

This is not a problem confined to the Gulf of Thailand. Continue reading

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Coming Soon from the Emerging Civil War Series: Calamity in Carolina!

Layout 1The Emerging Civil War Series is getting ready to roll out its next wave of releases. We have a slew of titles nearing the final stages of development, and we’ll be offering previews over the next few days.

First up: The dynamic duo of Daniel T. Davis and Phillip S. Greenwalt return with their latest, Calamity in Carolina: The Battles of Averasboro and Bentonville.

“As always, one of the most enjoyable aspects of writing the book was the opportunity to work again with Phill,” Dan says. “Beyond that, I enjoyed telling the story. Averasboro and Bentonville are often overshadowed by the fall of Petersburg and Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, both of which took place less than a month after these battles.”

Phill agrees. “The campaign that culminates with the battles of Averasboro and Bentonville is always overshadowed by the events happening in Virginia,” he says. “I loved being able to tell the story of these last engagements. There was a real desperation on the part of the Confederates to stop the Union advance, and on the Union side, there was real perseverance to strike that last major blow.” Continue reading

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