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Do We Still Care About the Civil War: Dwight Hughes

The cover story of the newest issue of Civil War Times asks, “Do we still care about the Civil War?” ECW is pleased to partner with Civil War Times to extend the conversation here on the blog. The Civil War matters because history matters, and that was a particularly intense, instructive period. History matters because […]

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2019 Symposium Spotlight: Dwight Hughes

Welcome back to another installment of our 2019 Emerging Civil War Symposium Spotlight. Today we would like to introduce you to longtime ECW member and our resident naval historian, Dwight Hughes.

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A Monumental Discussion: Dwight Hughes

This is a story of three statues in context. Known locally as “Appomattox,” the first statue is a humble Confederate soldier standing tall on his plinth at a busy intersection in Alexandria, Virginia. He is a dignified but sad fellow, facing south with hat in hand, arms folded, eyes downcast, completely unarmed. The second is […]

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Dwight Hughes

Dwight Hughes is a public historian, author, and speaker in Civil War naval history. Dwight graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1967 with a major in history and government. He served twenty years as a Navy surface warfare officer on many oceans in ships ranging from destroyer to aircraft carrier and with river forces in […]

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The Future of Civil War History: Dwight Hughes (part two)

Understanding a historical period such as the Civil War and judging it are two different processes. Understanding must come first or judging simply becomes prejudice, that is, “pre-judging.” This is as true when viewing ancestors as when evaluating contemporary people and events. Human nature doesn’t change but context does. It is incumbent on the historian […]

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The Future of Civil War History: Dwight Hughes

The past is a dim timescape receding into increasing darkness behind us, irregularly illuminated by the historical record. The future stretches before, obscured by an opaque screen upon which we project dreams, fears, and our perceptions of possibilities. We stand at the intersection in a moving bubble of the present, sometimes glancing astern or ahead, […]

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ECW Welcomes Dwight Hughes

Dwight Hughes has been treating ECW readers to a lot of great naval history in his guest posts here, so we thought it was about time to say, “Welcome aboard!” Dwight graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1967 with a major in history and government. He served twenty years as a Navy surface warfare officer […]

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Upcoming Presentations: March–April 2024

Here’s a look at who’s on the road in March and April! If you want to book an ECW speaker, please check out our Speakers Bureau for details. March: 14: Derek Maxfield, “Man of Fire,” Chickamauga/Chattanooga CWRT, Chattanooga, GA 14: Kristopher White, “Fire in the Streets: The Street Fighting at Fredericksburg,” Chesapeake Civil War Roundtable […]

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Stars and Bearss

While searching for some Vicksburg-related images at the Naval History and Heritage Command website today, I came across this photo from salvage operations for the USS Cairo. The Cairo hit a mine in the Yazoo River on December 12, 1862, and went down in 12 minutes in 36 feet of water with no casualties. In […]

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