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ECW Weekender: 1781 Brewery & Wilderness Run Vineyards

1781? That’s a Revolutionary War date! Why is it on a Civil War blog? Hold your horses – let us explain, and maybe you’ll be planning a trip to this brewery (and winery) and historic location. During the Fifth Annual … Continue reading

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Beauty in the Wilderness

Irises in bloom at Ellwood, on the Wilderness battlefield May 10, 2018

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Lincoln, Shakespeare, and the Wilderness

“My God! My God! twenty thousand poor souls sent to their final account in one day,” President Lincoln lamented after the battle of the Wilderness. “I cannot bear it! I cannot bear it!” 

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ECW Series: “Hell Itself: The Battle of the Wilderness, May 5-7, 1864”

“All circumstances seemed to combine to make the scene one of unutterable horror. At times the wind howled before the tree-tops, mingling its moans with the groans of the dying, and heavy branches were cut off by the fire of … Continue reading

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The Wilderness in Snapshots

To commemorate the anniversary of the battle of the Wilderness, we asked for some help from our friend Joe Lafleur. Joe is a volunteer with the Friends of the Wilderness Battlefield, and he’s always out and about on the field, … Continue reading

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Writing the Wilderness and Reflecting

It’s 46° in Spotsylvania County, but the morning clouds have marched away and the blue-sky sun makes it feel more like sixty. To the west, another line of gray clouds hangs over the Blue Ridge Mountains like a haze of … Continue reading

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Grant, the Wilderness, and the Loneliness of Command

On the evening of May 6, 1864, Lieutenant General U.S. Grant considered the day’s events. The Battle of the Wilderness had just ended its second day, and Grant’s forces had been  beaten and battered in a way he’d never seen. … Continue reading

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ECW on C-SPAN: Longstreet in the Wilderness

The next installment from the Third Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge airs this weekend on C-SPAN 3. The Battle of the Wilderness and Longstreet’s Counterattack, presented by Kris White, will air Saturday night at 6:00 p.m., Eastern. … Continue reading

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“Was Taken Prisoner”: A Pennsylvanian in the Wilderness and Andersonville

On May 5, 1864, my wife’s great-great-great grandfather, Levi Bowen, was wounded and taken prisoner in the Battle of the Wilderness. By the spring of 1864, Levi,  a member of Company H, 7th Pennsylvania Reserves was a seasoned veteran. In … Continue reading

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The Shared Ground of Chancellorsville and the Wilderness

Yesterday, I wrote of the Civil War Trust’s current focus on a tract of land it’s calling the Chancellorsville-Wilderness Crossroads, which saw troop movements during both battles. Separated by a year, the battles shared much of the same geography even … Continue reading

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