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“Willing to be Useful to his Country;” Robert Q. Shirley of Vicksburg, Mississippi

ECW welcomes back guest author Jeff T. Giambrone In October 1864, Adeline Shirley of Vicksburg, Mississippi, wrote a letter to Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant, commander of all the Union armies. In this missive she presumed to ask the general for a favor. Grant probably received numerous such entreaties, but in this case he decided […]

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Book Review: Bayou Battles for Vicksburg: The Swamp and River Expeditions, January 1–April 30, 1863

Bayou Battles for Vicksburg: The Swamp and River Expeditions, January 1–April 30, 1863. By Timothy B. Smith. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2023. 526 pp. $49.95. Reviewed by Neil P. Chatelain Besides the venerable Ed Bearss, who penned a major trilogy examining campaigns for Vicksburg, Timothy B. Smith has done the most recent work […]

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ECW Podcast: Bayou Battles for Vicksburg

Get ready to head into the swamps and backwaters of Louisiana and Mississippi in the newest episode of the Emerging Civil War Podcast. Historian Timothy B. Smith joins us to talk about the latest volume in his ongoing study of the Vicksburg Campaign. Bayou Battles for Vicksburg covers Grant’s operations from January–April 1863. This episode of […]

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The ECW10 Series: The Summer of ’63—Gettysburg, Vicksburg, and Tullahoma

With the Gettysburg and Vicksburg 160ths behind us, I can’t help but think of an old movie/TV trope: a man and woman who have apparently just “done the deed” are now sitting up in bed, sheets pulled up modestly around them, and they each need a cigarette. The action is over, and everyone needs to […]

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Symposium Spotlight: Tim Smith on Vicksburg (in Vicksburg!)

Our keynote speaker for the 2023 ECW Symposium will be Timothy B. Smith, who’s been publishing a mammoth study of the Vicksburg Campaign through the University of Kansas Press. We caught up with Tim on the Vicksburg battlefield and asked him to give us a quick preview of his upcoming keynote talk. The Ninth Annual […]

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Gettysburg or Vicksburg: A Question About the Question

Gettysburg or Vicksburg? It is, as my friend Garry Adelman recently pointed out on the ECW YouTube page, a false choice. For lots of reasons, the answer can be “both.” Certainly in tandem, they marked a major turn in Confederate fortunes–especially when you add in the fall of Port Hudson and the Federal success at […]

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A Conversation with Taylor Hegler of Vicksburg National Military Park

In commemoration of Women’s History Month, I took some time to chat with Taylor Hegler, a park ranger at Vicksburg National Military Park. Taylor talks about her career, the park, and what it’s like to be a woman working in Civil War Public History.  

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Monumental Maidens at Vicksburg

I saw a wicked cool display at Vicksburg National Military Park’s visitor center this month. Since March is Women’s History Month, I thought it would be an especially appropriate time to share it: With more than 1,400 monuments and memorials, Vicksburg is acre-per-acre the most monumented battlefield in the world, earning it the nickname “the […]

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Book Review: Vicksburg

Although published in 2019 this work is extremely thorough and well worth reviewing a few years late. Vicksburg is one of the few major battle sites I have not been to, and this book has made me determined to visit. Author Donald L. Miller provides a thorough overview of not only the Vicksburg Campaign, but also the entire Union effort in the Mississippi Valley […]

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