Author Archives: Chris Mackowski

ECW Weekender: The Civil War Horse Memorial

The old gray mare—she ain’t what she used to be. Or so the old song goes. And such was the case for the millions of equestrians conscripted into service, North and South, during the Civil War. One-point-five million of them … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Lynchburg, Virginia and The Marshall

Although Lynchburg, Virginia, was off the beaten path for most of the war, it certainly saw its fair share of action June 17-18, 1864 as part of the spring/summer Shenandoah Campaign. Jubal Early came to the rescue of his hometown, … Continue reading

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Snowy Stonewall

Stonewall Jackson monument Chancellorsville National Battlefield

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A Peek at No Turning Back

I wrapped up work this week on the latest title in the Emerging Civil War book series and got it shipped off to the printer. No Turning Back: A Guide to the 1864 Overland Campaign by Robert “Bert” Dunkerly, Don Pfanz, … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Totopotomoy Creek Battlefield at Rural Plains

The fight at Totopotomoy Creek in late May of 1864 marks the “boundary” in the Overland Campaign between the North Anna phase of the campaign and the Cold Harbor phase. During the three-day engagement, Federals lost just over one thousand … Continue reading

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Cold Harbor Sunset

Sunset at the Cold Harbor Visitor Station Richmond National Battlefield: Cold Harbor Unit Friday, February 21, 2014

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Writing Spotsy

Kris and I have been finishing up article for Civil War Times about Spotsylvania–specifically, the often-overlooked attack of May 18, 1864. The battle at the Bloody Angle on May 12, being as horrific as it was, tends to overshadow other … Continue reading

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A Few Notes from Author Frank Varney

On Wednesday, I posted a review of Frank Varney’s General Grant and the Rewriting of History. While I don’t normally pass reviews along to authors, I did in this instance pass the review along to Frank and asked if there … Continue reading

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Review: General Grant and the Rewriting of History

One of Ulysses S. Grant’s greatest strokes of genius was to title his book The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant. The label “memoir” gave him tremendous latitude to present his story as he remembered it and wanted it told. … Continue reading

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Smithsonian Civil War

How appropriate that a book about artifacts should be a beautiful artifact unto itself. Such is certainly the case with the Smithsonian Institution’s new Smithsonian Civil War: Inside the National Collection. This handsome new coffee table book contains 368 glossy … Continue reading

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