Monthly Archives: September 2011

“If Jackson hadn’t gotten shot”: Facing the Counterfactual Specter of Stonewall Jackson’s Wounding

Imagine a grave tone of voice, a rueful shake of the head: “Oh, if Jackson hadn’t gotten shot….” Sometimes, the phrase gets stated in the form of certainty: “If Jackson hadn’t gotten shot…” or even, “If Jackson had lived….” The … Continue reading

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The Battle of New Market Heights by James S. Price

We are happy to welcome author James S. Price, as a guest author. James S. Price is a Civil War historian, blogger and educator who specializes in the history of African-American Union soldiers. He has worked for many Civil War … Continue reading

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Upcoming October Lectures and Events

Some of our authors have some upcoming events and presentations. Dr. Mike Stevens and the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust are hosting an event this Saturday at the Rappahannock Regional Library in Fredericksburg Virginia. Kristopher White is teaching a three-part class on … Continue reading

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The United States Colored Troops: Fighting for Freedom (part one)

At the beginning of the Civil War, black men tried to enlist in both the Union and Confederate armies. Most were not allowed in either army. By the end of the war, though, some 180,000 blacks served in the United … Continue reading

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Behind the Scenes @ ECW: Photographer Caity Stuart

Chris Mackowski: “One of the things I like about Caity’s photography is that she sees battlefields as places of beauty, not as former scenes of horror. There’s a story in the landscape, yes, but it’s first and foremost the story … Continue reading

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Engineering Over Infantry: Spotsylvania, May 18, 1864

Photography by Caity Stuart We cross the last hundred yards of open field—from the paved park road that runs parallel to “Lee’s Second Line” toward the Harrison House—that the Union soldiers could not cross. Our path runs through patches of … Continue reading

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Little Round Top in Books

As I prepare for a class I am teaching on Little Round Top, Devil’s Den, and the Valley of Death (plus a few different posts on the topics); I have been digging through my book collection. Over the years I … Continue reading

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Appendages of Heroes and Rogues

In honor of Chris Mackowski’s paper on the Arm of Stonewall Jackson being accepted at the New York Folklore Society Conference in Binghamton, New York, I have decided to place an excerpt from our book The Last Days of Stonewall … Continue reading

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The Civil War, A Visual History: Rare Images and Tales of the War Between the States

The Civil War, A Visual History: Rare Images and Tales of the War Between the States,  Paragon Press, 225 pages, $14.95. This new work by Parragon Publishing is a beautifully laid out book of artwork, sketches, and photographs from the … Continue reading

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Central Virginia Battlefields Trust Event

Central Virginia Battlefields Trust (CVBT): An Upcoming Special Event CVBT will be hosting a public event at the Central Rappahannock Regional Library in downtown Fredericksburg on Saturday, October 1, 7:00-8:30 pm, and I’d like to invite everyone to attend. The … Continue reading

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