Author Archives: Chris Mackowski

JFK’s Arrival in Dallas

On this date, in 1963, at 11:38 a.m., President John F. Kennedy touched down at Love Field in Dallas, Texas. He’d spoken that morning at a breakfast in Fort Worth and was slated to speak at a business lunch at … Continue reading

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On Ike in Gettysburg

On November 19, 1963, former President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivered a speech in Gettysburg’s national cemetery to commemorate the centennial of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. (For details on the event and Ike’s speech, see this post, “Ike, JFK, and the … Continue reading

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Heroic Burnside

By this point in 1862, Ambrose Burnside’s excellent plan for a late-year campaign had already begun to unravel. His Right Grand Division under Maj. Gen. Edwin V. Sumner stole a march on Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia and, … Continue reading

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Why Rivers Posed Such Problems in the East

I had the privilege of doing a program with my ECW colleague Bert Dunkerly for Richmond National Battlefield today at the Jericho Mills battlefield along the North Anna River. Bert is a ranger at Richmond and was kind enough to … Continue reading

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“Songs, Statues, and Solutions”: Monuments, Driving Old Dixie Down, and Social Justice

Believe it or not, I always enjoy the chance to talk about Civil War monuments. It’s a difficult topic to talk about because emotions on all sides often get in the way of rational discussion—but that’s exactly why I feel … Continue reading

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Could McClellan Have Been Someone Other Than McClellan?

Today is November 7, the anniversary of Little Mac’s final removal from command of the Army of the Potomac in 1862. I’ve been thinking about George McClellan lately, spurred by some writing I’ve been doing about him for an upcoming … Continue reading

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Thank You for Your Role in “The Great Task”

If you voted in this year’s election, I’d like to say “Thank you.” It doesn’t matter who you voted for—what matters is that you voted. It looks like participation is going to end up north of 65%, a modern record … Continue reading

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Exploring the Franklin Battlefield

I had the good fortune back in September to visit the Franklin Civil War Roundtable in Tennessee. (As I mentioned in an earlier post, they tossed a great question my way during the Q&A that gave me something fun to … Continue reading

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Happy Halloween from Stonewall Steph

The year she was six (um, twenty-one years ago…), my daughter decided she wanted to dress up like her hero for Halloween. And so, Stephanie became Stonewall Jackson! Her mother made Steph a Stonewall Jackson costume from scratch. She didn’t … Continue reading

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“Effect of a Shell on a Confederate”

A few weeks ago, as Brad Gottfried and I were looking through images for his upcoming Emerging Civil War Series book Lincoln Comes to Gettysburg, I came across one particularly grisly image among the many photos archived at the Library … Continue reading

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