Author Archives: Chris Mackowski

The Civil War Zoom Boom, part three: The Civil War Roundtable Congress

(part three in a series) Since the COVID-19 lockdown began, Zoom has boomed for the Civil War community, offering buffs a plethora of programs, interviews, and other great content. (And not just the Civil War world, either—take a look at … Continue reading

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The Civil War Zoom Boom, part two: The Museum of Civil War Medicine

(part two in a series) Since the pandemic triggered stay-at-home orders and lockdowns, Civil War history has been booming online—particularly interview programs that take advantage of Zoom conferencing technology. In part one of the series, we talked about the significant … Continue reading

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The Civil War Zoom Boom, part one: The American Battlefield Trust

(part one in a series) It’s been a while since I’ve channel surfed on TV, but Civil War buffs scrolling through their evening Facebook feeds might feel a little deja vu these days. Since the pandemic lock-down triggered stay-at-home orders … Continue reading

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A Walk Around North Anna Battlefield Park

On this date, May 24, 1864, a drunken Brig. Gen. James Ledlie led his brigade against heavily fortified Confederate works at Ox Ford on the North Anna River. Today, much of that area is preserved and maintained by Hanover County. … Continue reading

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A Walk Around the Fox House at North Anna

On this date, May 23, in 1864, Ulysses S. Grant rudely interrupted an afternoon glass of buttermilk Robert E. Lee was enjoying on the porch of the Fox house, just south of the North Anna River. By the end of … Continue reading

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Looking for the Battle of Front Royal

On May 23, 1862, Stonewall Jackson swept down from the Shenandoah Valley’s Massanutten Mountain into the shocked Federal garrison in Front Royal commanded by Col. John Reese Kenly. Jackson, with more than 3,000 men, overwhelmed Kenly, with about 1,000 men, … Continue reading

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Missed Opportunities in the Race to the North Anna

On the evening of May 20, 1864, Ulysses S. Grant sent Winfield Scott Hancock’s II Corps south from Spotsylvania Court House to Massaponnax Church, with orders to march onward toward Bowling Green, Milford Station, and—if Hancock thought he could make … Continue reading

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BookChat with Mark Flotow, editor of In Their Letters, in Their Words

I was pleased to spend some time recently with a new book by historian Mark Flotow. Mr. Flotow is the editor of In Their Letters, in Their Words: Illinois Civil War Soldiers Write Home, a new release from Southern Illinois University … Continue reading

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The Capture—and Preservation—of Myer’s Hill

May 14 is the anniversary of the 1864 fight for Myer’s Hill during the battle of Spotsylvania Court House. Ulysses S. Grant planned for a massive assault against the Confederate right flank there, but poor roads delayed the movement of … Continue reading

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Honoring Uncle John

I can’t let today pass without a tip of my hat to “Uncle John” Sedgwick, killed on this day in 1864 at the battle of Spotsylvania Court House.

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