Author Archives: Chris Mackowski

Day Four: I Have Seen the King

Part nine in a series I’m not going to pretend to make a Civil War connection between Elvis Presley and the Civil War. We’re passing through Tupelo, Mississippi, on our way from Vicksburg to Corinth, so I’m stopping at the … Continue reading

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Day Three: The Siege of Vicksburg

Part eight of a series The siege of Vicksburg nearly kills us. The heat index soars into the low 200s. Centigrade. The thermometer actually says something like 89, but it’s hard to read with all the sweat stinging my eyes. … Continue reading

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Day Three: The Road to Vicksburg

Part seven in a series “You’re heading into banjo country,” a friend of ours warns us. He’s worked at Vicksburg, and we’ve asked him for advice on following Grant’s route across Mississippi. We spent the night in Jackson, so we’re … Continue reading

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Day Two: Selma

Part six in a series We walk across the bridge in single file, not shoulder to shoulder as the marchers did in 1865. And we take the sidewalk, not the traffic lanes. And we’re greeted by a super-friendly local named … Continue reading

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Day Two: Montgomery

Part five in a series Jefferson Davis is standing in the rain. Had he been on the front portico of the Alabama State Capitol in the spot where he’d been swore in, he’d have been protected, but that’s not the … Continue reading

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Day Two: Andersonville

Part four in a series Two weeks ago, I discovered I had an ancestor who fought in the Civil War. This was big news for me because, according to family history on both sides, my ancestors were immigrants who came … Continue reading

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Day One: Stone Mountain

Part three in a series Stonewall Jackson has always loomed large in my family’s life. He’s the reason Stephanie fell in love with the Civil War back when she was four, and her love affair dragged us all with it. … Continue reading

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Day One: James McPherson

Part two in a series James McPherson still finds himself surrounded by Southerners. The difference now, though, is that the shady neighborhood of small, tight houses seems far more hospitable than the Confederate skirmishers that surrounded him on July 22, … Continue reading

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Day One: Kennesaw Mountain

Part one in a series The first thing we notice at the base of Kennesaw Mountain is a restaurant offering “Ice cold margaritas” in big white letters across its bright red roof. In the background, Kennesaw peeks out from behind … Continue reading

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North Anna Graffiti

I ran across some interesting graffiti while I was talking along the hiking trail at North Anna Battlefield Park the other day….

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