Monthly Archives: December 2012

The Battle of Stones River: The Slaughter Pen

The Slaughter Pen Stones River National Battlefield

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The Battle of Stones River: “The nation could scarcely have lived….”

With the Emancipation Proclamation set to go into effect on January 1, 1863, and the Army of the Potomac still in ruins after its humiliating defeat on the heights beyond Fredericksburg, Virginia, President Abraham Lincoln desperately needed a victory. Major General … Continue reading

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The Sesquicentennial of Stones River

Don’t forget the sesquicentennial of the Battle of Stones River, going on now in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The battle itself took place Dec. 31, 1862-Jan. 2, 1863, but 150 years ago right now, the armies were moving into position. For more … Continue reading

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Pick #6 in the Top Ten: The Life of Billy Yank & The Life Of Johnny Reb, by Bell I. Wiley

No Civil War bookshelf is complete without at least one (preferably both!) of these: The Life of Johnny Reb and The Life of Billy Yank. For anyone who has wondered what it may have been like to serve in a … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from all the writers here at Emerging Civil War!

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Merry Christmas from Lexington

      I unexpectedly found myself in Lexington, Virginia on Saturday evening (long story!). I thought I’d share a couple snapshots to help folks get into the holiday spirit.

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The “Other” Lee

Mention the surname “Lee” to a Civil War enthusiast or quite possibly any American that sat through a high-school American History class and the name Robert E. Lee is the first one given in reply. Ask that Civil War enthusiast … Continue reading

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Burnside’s Sword

One cool part of my experience in Fredericksburg last week that I didn’t yet get to mention: Ambrose Burnside’s sword is on display in the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center. A Pennsylvania collector, Alan Genetti, has loaned the sword to the … Continue reading

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Question of the Week for December 17, 2012

In your opinion, was Stonewall Jackson better on the offensive or better on the defensive?

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Review—The Long Road to Antietam: How the Civil War Became a Revolution

Richard Slotkin. The Long Road to Antietam: How the Civil War Became a Revolution. Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2012. 478 pages, maps, illustrations, notes, bibliography, chronology. ISBN 978-0-87140-411-4. $32.95 Richard Slotkin’s new history on the Antietam Campaign, The Long Road to Antietam, … Continue reading

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