Author Archives: Chris Mackowski

In Memory of ECW’s Friend Jon Maiellano

I heard on Wednesday that 1 in 500 Americans have died of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, a startling statistic that brought to mind Joseph Stalin’s infamous alleged quote, “a single death is a tragedy, a million deaths … Continue reading

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Alfred Waud’s Sketchy Spotsylvania (part three)

(part three in a series) I’ve come to believe Alfred Waud’s sketch “Advance on Spotsylvania,” dated May 9, is actually mis-dated. In the first two posts of this series, I’ve tried to lay out some of the breadcrumbs that led … Continue reading

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Lost Order Found

I’ve been putting the final touches on the upcoming ECW What If book, getting ready to ship it off to the printer later this week. Of course, one of the most famous “What Ifs” of the war relates to Robert … Continue reading

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9-11 and the Lessons of Antietam–10 years later

Ten years ago, on the tenth anniversary of 9/11, I offered a remembrance of sorts about the magnitude of the day coupled with a cautionary reflection about our national tendency to forget events of such magnitude. To make my point, … Continue reading

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Alfred Waud’s Sketchy Spotsylvania (part two)

(part two of a series) When Alfred Waud finally arrived on the Spotsylvania battlefield’s eastern front, he produced a sketch showing the Federal IX Corps on the outskirts of the village. Spotsylvania-based historian John Cummings has convincingly placed the location … Continue reading

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Lee Statue to Come Down Today in Richmond

The Robert E. Lee statue on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia, is set to come down today. I happened to be passing through the city on Tuesday, so I swung by Lee Circle for one last look. You can watch … Continue reading

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Sunset at Cville

I had to do a short video for one of my classes at the Chancellorsville intersection on Monday evening, and I was out there as the sun was making its final descent to the horizon. I thought I’d share:

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Alfred Waud’s Sketchy Spotsylvania (part one)

(part one in a series) In my capacity as historian-in-residence at Stevenson Ridge on the Spotsylvania Court House battlefield, I recently did some work to pin down the approximate location where IX Corps division commander Brig. Gen. Thomas Greely Stevenson … Continue reading

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From the Plantation to the Battlefield

“Journey of a slave from the plantation to the battlefield”

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From the ECW YouTube Page: A Tour of Pamplin Park

Earlier this summer, I had the chance to spend the day with my friend Tim Talbott at Pamplin Historical Park and the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier in Petersburg, Virginia. Tim is the director of education and interpretation … Continue reading

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