Author Archives: Daniel Davis

Confederate Culture Wars: Daniel Davis

Over the course of last week, ECW historians offered their thoughts and reactions to recent events related to Confederate memory. Wrapping things up: Daniel Davis Has the South lost the Civil War? In reading through the posts last week, my answer is … Continue reading

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Some Reflections on William Tecumseh Sherman

I must admit, it is exceptionally difficult to reflect on William Tecumseh Sherman. No question, he was one of the most enigmatic individuals of the American Civil War. The mere mention of his name in general company today, 150 years … Continue reading

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111th New York Monument

An infantryman from the 111th New York stands at dawn, waiting anxiously and gazing out across the open fields toward Seminary Ridge and the Confederate lines.

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Sunset at Devil’s Den

A view west from the rocks of Devil’s Den toward the Emmitsburg Road.

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Sherman’s Bow Ties

During our tour of the Western Theater last month, Chris, Steph and I stopped in Meridian, Mississippi. Located in the eastern part of the state, the town was the junction of the Mobile and Ohio and the Jackson and Selma Railroads … Continue reading

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From the ECW Archives: U.S. Grant and the Shadow of Cold Harbor

About a year ago, in the midst of the Sesquicentennial of the Overland Campaign, I posted a piece on Lieut. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and the memory of Cold Harbor. Grant has come under severe criticism for ordering the assault at … Continue reading

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Sunset on the Father of Waters

A view of the Mississippi from the bluffs at Vicksburg. This picture was taken from Battery Benton, which was manned by elements of the 1st Missouri Light Artillery and the 34th Iowa Infantry late in the Siege of Vicksburg. The Battery derived its name from its … Continue reading

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Whiskey and War: The Case of Joseph Mower at the Battle of Corinth

Over the course of the last year and a half, one of the officers who has grabbed my attention is Maj. Gen. Joseph Mower. Having served in the War with Mexico, Mower compiled an impressive combat record during the Civil … Continue reading

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From the ECW Archives: The Union Assault at Cold Harbor June 1, 1864

All through the night of May 31 and into June 1, 1864, Horatio Wright’s VI Corps trudged along the dusty and choked Virginia byroads. They had been pulled from the Union right flank and ordered to march to reinforce and relieve … Continue reading

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A Walk Through Andersonville

I was not sure what to expect as we turned onto the drive that led to Andersonville. This was the part of our trip that I had been looking forward to the most. We are all drawn to the fields … Continue reading

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