Author Archives: Chris Mackowski

A Conversation with John Coski (conclusion)

Part six of six I’ve been talking with John Coski, historian at the American Civil War Museum and recipient of the 2019 Emerging Civil War Award for Service in Civil War Public History. As we wrap up our conversation today, … Continue reading

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A Conversation with John Coski (part five)

Part five of six I’m talking this week with John Coski, recipient of the 2019 Emerging Civil War Award for Service in Public History. John might be best known to the public for his work on the history of the … Continue reading

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A Conversation with John Coski (part four)

Part four of six John Coski is the 2019 recipient of the Emerging Civil War Award for Service in Public History. John worked as a historian at the Museum of the Confederacy before its recent evolution into the American Civil … Continue reading

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A Conversation with John Coski (part three)

Part three of six I’m talking this week with John Coski, recipient of ECW’s 2019 Emerging Civil War Award for Service in Public History. John works as a historian with the American Civil War Museum in Richmond and, prior to … Continue reading

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A Conversation with John Coski (part two)

Part two of six I’m talking this week with John Coski, historian with the American Civil War Museum in Richmond and recipient of ECW’s 2019 Emerging Civil War Award for Service in Public History. In recounting his “origin story” yesterday, … Continue reading

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A Conversation with John Coski (part one)

Part one of six In August, ECW present its 2019 Emerging Civil War Award for Service in Civil War Public History to John Coski, historian with the American Civil War Museum in Richmond (and, prior to its merger, with the … Continue reading

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The Surprises in William Hoffman’s Photo

I’ve been working on Derek Maxfield’s upcoming ECWS book on the prison camp in Elmira New York, Hellmira, and I came across something fun while prepping the photos for layout. The photo in question: “Washington, D.C. Gen. William Hoffman, Commissary … Continue reading

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A Soldier’s View of Harper’s Ferry

Following the battle of Antietam, as the Army of the Potomac made its slow way northward, the Union II Corps found itself, on September 21, 1862, encamped atop Bolivar Heights near Harper’s Ferry. Lt. Josiah Favill of the 57th New … Continue reading

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Ball’s Bluff National Cemetery

Way back in 2011, I had the privilege to walk the Ball’s Bluff battlefield with historian Jim Morgan and talk about his book on the battle, A Little Short On Boats, just then released. (You can read that interview here … Continue reading

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Heyward Shepherd Memorialized (Sort Of)

On one hand, it’s fitting that a monument commemorates Heywood Shepherd. A night watchman at Harpers Ferry, Shepherd stumbled across John Brown’s raiders on the night of October 16, 1859. They called to Shepherd to surrender, but he refused, and … Continue reading

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