Monthly Archives: May 2012

Eastern Theater versus Western Theater: Where the Civil War Was Won and Lost, In History and Memory…Part 3

Part three in a series. With the end of the war came demobilization and reconstruction of the country socially and politically. In victory, the western armies had put together a stellar fighting record, and they were the backbone of the … Continue reading

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America’s Great Debate: Henry Clay, Stephen A. Douglas, and the Compromise That Preserved the Union. A Review

Fergus M. Bordewich. America’s Great Debate: Henry Clay, Stephen A. Douglas, and the Compromise That Preserved the Union. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2012. Pp. x, 480. It all started with slavery and a war. Before 1848, most white Americans … Continue reading

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Drawing the War, Part 4: Winslow Homer

Part four in a series. Perhaps the Civil War “Special Artist” who is best known to the general public is Winslow Homer. He is famous for the work he did after the war, not for the sketches he did during … Continue reading

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A Thank You to Our Veterans and Active Duty Soldiers

All of us at Emerging Civil War would like to thank our veterans and active duty troops. Memorial Day to many has turned into early vacations, barbeques, and baseball games. None of these activities would be possible without the sacrifices … Continue reading

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The Lights Atop the Hill

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Luminaries at Fredericksburg National Cemetery

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150th Anniversary of First Winchester—Now Where is the Battlefield?

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the First Battle of Winchester. Instead of following the format of the last few 150th posts on battles in the Shenandoah Valley, I thought I would try something new for this battle anniversary. The … Continue reading

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Battlefield Art—with National Geographic Magazine and Author Harry Katz

Emerging Civil War is pleased to join with National Geographic magazine to share with you some of the work of author Harry Katz, whose article “A Sketch in Time” is featured as the cover story of the May 2012 issue. In … Continue reading

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“Maryland, Whip Maryland”

One of the many tragic themes of the American Civil War was the way the conflict ripped families, friends, and/or neighbors apart. This was especially true in the border regions, including the state of Maryland. On May 23, 1862 in … Continue reading

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Eastern Theater versus Western Theater: Where the Civil War Was Won and Lost, In History and Memory…Part 2

Part two in a series. As we have already seen, McClellan’s Peninsula Campaign was a failure, and following it Lincoln transferred Major General John Pope from the west to command in eastern forces, in an attempt to instill confidence in … Continue reading

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