Author Archives: Chris Mackowski

Robert E. Lee as a “Fallen Leader”?

I’m working on a volume for the Emerging Civil War 10th Anniversary Series on “Fallen Leaders.” As we did with last year’s symposium, the book considers leaders who not only fell, dead or wounded, on the battlefield but those who … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Vicksburg National Military Park

An ECW colleague emailed me a note the other day: “I’m reading the Vicksburg/Tullahoma book, and really enjoyed your article about visiting Vicksburg. I’ve never been and I’m more motivated now than ever.” The article he mentioned was based on … Continue reading

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Favorite Soldier Memoirs

In his self-published book An Epic on “Old Abe,” The War Eagle (The War Eagle Book Association, 1894), S. C. Miles, a veteran of the 8th Wisconsin, extolled the virtue of first-person accounts of the war. Such accounts required “no … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Parker’s Crossroads Battlefield Park

Today is the anniversary of the December 31, 1862, battle of Parker’s Cross Roads in central Tennessee. The battle marks the culmination of Nathan Bedford Forrest’s west Tennessee campaign. Two Union forces converged on Forrest from opposite directions, forcing Forrest … Continue reading

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The Birthplace of Christmas-Day Bells

While we have a fantastic array of Civil War resources in the Fredericksburg area–including four major battlefields–an oft-overlooked part of our Civil War story ties into one of America’s best-known Christmas carols. The story all ties back to this little … Continue reading

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Western Swing: Day 07

The American Battlefield Trust has finished posting the videos from our trip to the western battlefields, and we’re pleased to be sharing them here with you. Kris White, Garry Adelman, and I began the day with Eric Jacobson at Carnton … Continue reading

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The “Emerging Civil War Series” Series: Endnotes

A reviewer recently lamented about all the hard work it is to turn on his computer, wait for the internet to boot up, type in a web address, and go to the online repository of footnotes/endnotes for ECW books. “This … Continue reading

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Western Swing: Day 06

The American Battlefield Trust took a day off yesterday posting videos from our trip. (I think they’re trying to time things out so that our videos from Nashville show up on the anniversary of the last day of the battle!) … Continue reading

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The “Emerging Civil War Series” Series: Traces of the Bloody Struggle

In 2014, I was fortunate to marry into a family that owns a nice-sized chunk of the Spotsylvania Courthouse Battlefield. Spotsy had, by that time, come to be my favorite battlefield, so marry into a part of the battlefield was … Continue reading

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Western Swing: Day 05

For day five of our video swing of western battlefields with the American Battlefield Trust, we skipped ahead to 1864. This was an exciting opportunity for me to do some interpretation on some battlefields I’d never had the chance to … Continue reading

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