Monthly Archives: February 2013

The Future of Civil War History: Looking Beyond the 150th

Very soon I will leave the warmth of the Sunshine State to head north, bracing myself for the vicissitudes of late winter in March. Fortunately my destination is Gettysburg, Pennsylvania —that compelling beacon to Civil War-era scholars. Gettysburg College, Gettysburg … Continue reading

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A Challenge Issued: Skirmish at Hartwood Church

The cold morning stillness was shattered as the column of riders splashed across Kelly’s Ford. Snow had come just two days before, on George Washington’s birthday. This recent burst slowed but did not deter these gray clad troopers as they … Continue reading

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The Golden Opportunity at Evelynton Heights

Exactly one year before the Battle of Gettysburg Confederate James Ewell Brown “JEB” Stuart made possibly an even costlier mistake. He lost Evelynton Heights. Evelynton is the name attributed to both the plantation home of the Ruffin family (the same family … Continue reading

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Does the American Civil War Need a Theme Song?

Like so many, I have been captivated by the mournfully lovely tune “Ashokan Farewell.” I am sure most of us first heard it when we were watching Ken Burns’s The Civil War, and wondered about it. I knew I had … Continue reading

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For Presidents Day

Although not one of the presidents typically associated with Presidents Day, here are a couple of quick snapshots from a weekend visit to Ulysses S. Grant’s burial site in New York City.  

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Winter Responsibility

Throughout the winter of 1862 and into 1863, the Army of the Potomac slept. These cold months spent in Stafford County were not without activity. On February 6, 1863 new commander Joseph Hooker issued a General Order consolidating his various … Continue reading

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Fredericksburg in Harrisburg

Moment of Mercy by sculptor Terry Jones at the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, PA

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Happy Birthday, Mr. President

To those of us who love roses, and who love the Civil War, growing a Mr. Lincoln rose is a natural. Mr. Lincoln (Rosa ‘Mr. Lincoln’) is one of the loveliest, deliciously fragrant red roses ever bred–a proud rose with … Continue reading

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Darkest Days of the War?

The Battles of Iuka and Corinth–that’s the answer, at least according to historian Peter Cozzens. Do you agree? Disagree? When I started the book, I was sketpical that Cozzens could convince me that this was truly the “Darkest Days of … Continue reading

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Not Your Average Lincoln Movie: Saving Lincoln

Anyone who has read a post or a blog by me knows that I am a serious fan of Colonel Elmer Ellsworth and Ward Hill Lamon, both good friends of Abraham Lincoln. I love those guys, and I write about … Continue reading

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