Author Archives: ECW Guest Post

Patriotic Booth? “Misguided…Ignorant”

ECW is pleased to offer a guest commentary from historian and SCV member Chuck Young. April 14, 2015 marked the 150th anniversary of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth. While thousands of Americans marked this occasion … Continue reading

Posted in Leadership--Federal, lincoln, Memory, Politics, Reconstruction, Slavery | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

From the ECW Archives: The Man Who Almost Became Lincoln’s Successor

As Vice President Andrew Johnson ascends to the presidency 150 years ago, consider the man who might have been in that place instead: Hannibal Hamlin, vice president during Lincoln’s first term. ECW’s Chris Mackowski visited Hamlin’s grave in the vice … Continue reading

Posted in lincoln, Politics | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

World on Fire

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Dwight Hughes. This post is based on a forthcoming book on the CSS Shenandoah. In the cool dusk of Sunday, 2 April 1865, Abraham Lincoln sat with Rear Admiral David Porter … Continue reading

Posted in Campaigns, Civil War Events, Common Soldier, Leadership--Confederate, Leadership--Federal, Navies, Personalities, Sesquicentennial | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What Did They Know?

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Dwight Hughes When considering historical events, it is too easy to wonder, given what happened, why in the world our ancestors did what they did. But we must remember that they … Continue reading

Posted in Battlefields & Historic Places, Battles, Campaigns, Civil War Events, Common Soldier, Leadership--Confederate, Leadership--Federal, Memory, Navies, Personalities, Politics, Sesquicentennial | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Shot Heard Round the World

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Kate Gruber. When American colonists reached for their newspapers on the morning of April 20, 1775—the day after the first shots fired at Lexington and Concord—they did not see the words … Continue reading

Posted in Battlefields & Historic Places, Battles, Revolutionary War | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Williamsburg’s Dividing Line

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Drew Gruber. As Rockefeller’s team began the great restoration of Williamsburg to its appearance in the colonial era, most of the town’s newer structures were razed. However, 88 original 18th century … Continue reading

Posted in Antebellum South, Armies, Battlefields & Historic Places, Battles, Campaigns, Cavalry, Civil War Events, Civilian, Common Soldier, Politics | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Kit Carson’s Civil War: Learning to Command, Administration and Training

Today, we are pleased to welcome guest author Ray Shortridge. Part one in a series. In early July, 1861, Henry Hopkins Sibley met with Jefferson Davis in Richmond. He had resigned from the United States Army while serving as a … Continue reading

Posted in Armies, Arms & Armaments, Battlefields & Historic Places, Battles, Campaigns, Civil War Events, Common Soldier, Leadership--Confederate, Leadership--Federal, Personalities | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

This Preparation of Husks: Desiccated Vegetables and the Union Army

Today we are pleased to welcome back guest author James Brookes. Federal soldiers often mused over the origins of the rations issued to them. One supplement, “furnished in lieu of potatoes, rice and peas or beans”, particularly perplexed them.[i] It … Continue reading

Posted in Armies, Common Soldier | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Rebels Down Under: Conclusion

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Dwight Hughes. Conclusion of a Series. Mr. William Blanchard, United States Consul in Melbourne, desperately applied every legal trick to have Shenandoah seized, all to no avail. As long as they … Continue reading

Posted in Campaigns, Navies, Newspapers | Tagged | Leave a comment

Rebels Down Under: Part Two

We are pleased to welcome back guest author, Dwight Hughes. Part two in a series. Despite pro-Yankee sentiments in Melbourne, the preponderance of sympathy was for the South, echoing the feelings of many in Great Britain. Conspicuous in gray uniforms, … Continue reading

Posted in Campaigns, Civil War Events, Leadership--Confederate, Navies, Newspapers | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment