Author Archives: Chris Mackowski

“One day could be like another”

For anyone who might’ve forgotten, the siege of Vicksburg was grinding along 155 years ago today. We spent a little time in mid-May commemorating the campaign for Vicksburg and the initial attacks on the city. And all good Civil War … Continue reading

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The Wrongheaded Righteousness of Spray Paint

We’ve had such a good month here at ECW that I hate to end on a sour note. However, I received an alarming note from Rob Orrison this morning about some unfortunate shenanigans in the Wilderness where, it seems, the … Continue reading

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Memorial Day in Rural Maine

The trip up to Greenbush, Maine, along U.S. Route 2 parallels the east bank of the Penobscot River. The river in places gets to be half a mile or more from the road, and in other places, it’s right along … Continue reading

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Don Pfanz Book Signing, Where Valor Proudly Sleeps, This Weekend

One of the great annual traditions at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Cemetery is the annual Memorial Day Luminaria at Fredericksburg National Cemetery. This year, there’ll be an extra light shining at the event: ECW’s Don Pfanz. Don is the author … Continue reading

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Beauty in the Wilderness

Irises in bloom at Ellwood, on the Wilderness battlefield May 10, 2018

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Scenes from Vicksburg (postscript)

part of a series After my two and a half days in Vicksburg, I’m safely ensconced back home in the heart of the Eastern Theater of the Civil War. But wow, what a time I had. I had a few … Continue reading

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Scenes from Vicksburg, Day 3 (part four)

part of a series We wrapped up our Facebook LIVE broadcasts with a segment from Vicksburg National Cemetery. 17,000 men are buried in the cemetery, 14,000 are unidentified. As a special treat, the park’s former chief historian, Terry Winschel, joined … Continue reading

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Scenes from Vicksburg, Day 3 (part three)

part of a series After a wicked cool firing demonstration provided exclusively for us by Vicksburg National Military Park, we took a trip to the northern tip of the park to visit the USS Cairo. The Cairo was a city-class … Continue reading

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Scenes from Vicksburg, Day 3 (part two)

part of a series For most of the day on Thursday, we concentrated on sites in Vicksburg National Military Park. Here’s a little promo Kris shot. And here’s an introductory piece we did about artillery, featuring Parker Hills and the … Continue reading

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Scenes from Vicksburg, Day 3 (part one)

part of a series I’ve been in Vicksburg for the American Battlefield Trust and Emerging Civil War to commemorate the 155th anniversary of the Vicksburg campaign. We actually started Thursday’s adventures with a holdover from Wednesday: a Facebook LIVE shoot … Continue reading

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