Category Archives: Battlefields & Historic Places

Bled From the Top: Confederate Officer Corps in the 1864 Tennessee Campaign

When the Army of Tennessee returned to its namesake Confederate state in November 1864, the chance to provide a glimmer of hope for the South in the West marched with it. By early December, that same force was decimated, after … Continue reading

Posted in Armies, Battlefields & Historic Places, Battles, Campaigns, Common Soldier, Emerging Civil War, Leadership--Confederate, Memory, Sesquicentennial | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

James Wilson and the Battle of Nashville, Part II

As Wilson rested and refitted his troopers during the opening days of December, 1864, Maj. Gen. George Thomas was engaged in another battle. This one was not with John Bell Hood, but with his superiors. Throughout the first two weeks … Continue reading

Posted in Armies, Battlefields & Historic Places, Battles, Campaigns, Cavalry, Civil War Events, Common Soldier, Emerging Civil War, Leadership--Confederate, Leadership--Federal, Personalities, Western Theater | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

James Wilson and the Battle of Nashville, Part I

The weather was gradually changing, perhaps for the better. For several days, the Union troopers had been pelted with snow and sleet. It had been so harsh that only the woodcutters had been out in the precipitation. With a thaw … Continue reading

Posted in Armies, Battlefields & Historic Places, Battles, Campaigns, Cavalry, Civil War Events, Common Soldier, Leadership--Confederate, Leadership--Federal, Personalities, Sesquicentennial, Western Theater | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Heights Beyond Fredericksburg

Marye’s Heights in Fredericksburg must have looked a lot like this on December 13, 1862 (except that it was swarming with Confederates).

Posted in Battlefields & Historic Places | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

The Letters of William Child—December 14, 1864

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author, Dan Welch. William Child, surgeon of the 5th New Hampshire Veteran Volunteer Infantry, had decreased his writing of letters during the twilight of 1864. Few letters passed between William and his … Continue reading

Posted in Armies, Battlefields & Historic Places, Battles, Campaigns, Common Soldier, Sesquicentennial | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Battlefields & Historic Places, Common Soldier, Leadership--Confederate, Leadership--Federal, Memory, Personalities | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“Every tombstone is a biography”

We are pleased to welcome guest author Betsy Dinger to Emerging Civil War. After obtaining her BS in History from Frostburg State University in Maryland, Betsy began her National Park Service career in 1988 working at Shenandoah NP, Valley Forge NHP … Continue reading

Posted in Battlefields & Historic Places, Common Soldier, Memory, Monuments, National Park Service | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

The Rappahannock

by Jason Klaiber, ECW Correspondent One hundred and fifty two years ago today, the Union army made a harrowing crossing over the Rappahannock River as it prepared to do battle in Fredericksburg. Now, a new documentary, Rappahannock, takes a fresh … Continue reading

Posted in Battlefields & Historic Places, Battles, National Park Service, Preservation, Ties to the War | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Aftermath In Atlanta

Atlanta, Georgia was a key Confederate railway hub throughout the war with a thriving population of about 22,000. Defense of this industrial city fell to Lt. General John Bell Hood and his army, which unfortunately was much too small for … Continue reading

Posted in Antebellum South, Armies, Battlefields & Historic Places, Battles, Campaigns, Civilian, Economics, Sesquicentennial | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Gettysburg Gets Personal

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Derek Maxfield. “There it is,” I said to a companion.  “There is his name,” I said as I stared up at the bronze letters on the Pennsylvania monument, “That is my … Continue reading

Posted in Armies, Battlefields & Historic Places, Battles, Campaigns, Civil War Events, Common Soldier, Memory, Monuments, Personalities | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment