Author Archives: Meg Thompson

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For Want of Safe Evacuation

While working on my thesis recently, I was reading Medical Recollections of the Army of the Potomac by Dr. Letterman. He offered a brief note about the wounding of Stonewall Jackson at the battle of Chancellorsville:

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The East Room / April 20, 1865, 3:00 AM

It was only a still night if the weather was what counted. The White House, draped inside and out with mourning, was surrounded by military guards, and citizens who ranged from morbidly curious to brokenhearted.

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O Captain! My Captain!

There are many excellent reasons why Walt Whitman is considered the poet laureate of the American Civil War. His poetic style is much closer to that of the 20th century’s free verse rather than the labored rhyme schemes so popular … Continue reading

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War Poetry

I love what is popularly called “war poetry,” and I love those war poets as well. This piece came across my screen a day or so ago. It is British-Welsh poet Edward Thomas, who began writing poetry in 1914, although … Continue reading

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I Got Them Master’s Degree Reconstruction Blues!

It is one thing to be a Civil War buff, and another to get a Master’s degree in Military History. When I decided to write a biography of Elmer Ellsworth, I envisioned the inside flap of the book jacket. I … Continue reading

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On the First Day of Christmas . . . The Gift of War Part III

Nothing says Holiday Cheer like an indoor fir tree filled with armaments of war. Or commanded by war leaders. Or bedecked in battle flags. Nothing, I tell you. And it can all be yours with some carefree shopping on your … Continue reading

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Oh the Snow Glitters Brightly On My Old Kentucky Home: The Gift of War Part II–Bourbon Balls

The Gift of War does not have to be all bitterness and gall. It can have a warm, sweetly nutty flavor as well! One of my favorite cookies is the Bourbon Ball, and I cannot think of anything (other than … Continue reading

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Lincoln Adresses Congress Today

Today, December 6, 1864, President Abraham Lincoln delivered his fourth Annual Message to Congress. He began, “Fellow-Citizens of the Senate and House of Representatives: Again the blessings of health and abundant harvests claim our profoundest gratitude to Almighty God.”

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Give the Gift of War!

Almost everyone who reads this blog has some interest in the American Civil War, even if it is only that a household member is a Civil War buff. With the holidays upon us, ECW will offer a short series of … Continue reading

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Battle Scarred–a Special Exhibition at Carnton Plantation Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Franklin

When the call at ECW went out for articles concerning the Battle of Franklin, I immediately went to the website for the Battle of Franklin Trust http://www.battleoffranklintrust.org/boft.htm. I have been visiting quite a few Civil War websites recently, and am … Continue reading

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