Author Archives: Chris Mackowski

Question of the Week: January 26, 2015

I’m sure I’m not the only person who got the Civil War Sesquicentennial tumbler set for Christmas. The set contains glasses with four Confederates (Davis, Lee, Jackson, and Stuart) and four Federals (Lincoln, Grant, Sherman, and McClellan). 

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Stonewall’s Birthday

I hear the sound of furniture sliding across the living room carpet, but it stops in time for my daughter to hear my footsteps coming down the hallway from the kitchen. “Don’t come in yet!” Steph pleads. “What are you … Continue reading

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“What If Jackson had Survived His Wounding?”

I get the question all the time: “What if Stonewall Jackson hadn’t been shot?” When people ask that question, what they really want to know is “What would he have done at Gettysburg?” My answer is always “He would have … Continue reading

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Happy Stonewall’s Birthday

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Review: Such Troops As These, Such Hogwash As This

A few weeks ago, I said I’d be looking at a pair of new Stonewall Jackson books over my holiday break: Rebel Yell by S. C. Gwynn and Such Troops As These by Bevin Alexander. I’ve had a couple readers ask … Continue reading

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“Telling History” vs “Making Art”: Richard Ewell on July 1

My favorite scene in the movie Gettysburg comes when a fiery Isaac Trimble, taught as an over-coiled spring, appears before Robert E. Lee to recount the events of July 1. Frustrated by Richard Ewell’s inaction in front of Cemetery Hill … Continue reading

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The Heights Beyond Fredericksburg

Marye’s Heights in Fredericksburg must have looked a lot like this on December 13, 1862 (except that it was swarming with Confederates).

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Stonewall vs. Stonewall vs. Stonewall: Such Books as These!

Does the world need another Stonewall Jackson biography? Of course, the world will read another Stonewall Jackson biography. There are thousands of people just like me who can’t get enough of old Jack. But that’s not what I’m asking here…. … Continue reading

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Howard on the Hill

For all the flak he gets, Oliver Otis Howard still cuts a striking figure on Cemetery Hill at Gettysburg.

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Hood Remembered: Chris Mackowski

Soon after my five-year-old daughter got hooked on the Civil War, she had me buy for her two decks of Civil War flashcards. The blue deck contained Union officers, the gray  Confederates. We would flick through the cards on road … Continue reading

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