Category Archives: Battlefields & Historic Places

Olustee

Today we are happy to welcome back guest author Philip Leigh. Philip received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology and received his MBA from Northwestern University. He has written 22 articles for the New York … Continue reading

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The Myth of the “Cracker Line”: Part One

We are excited to welcome guest author Frank Varney. Frank is the author of General Grant and the Rewriting of History: How the Destruction of General William S. Rosecrans Influenced Our Understanding of the Civil War. Part one in a … Continue reading

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Stones in The Road: Conclusion of a Series

On the evening of March 23, 1864, a telegram arrived at Phil Sheridan’s headquarters in Loudon, Tennessee. It was addressed to Sheridan and had been forwarded from Major General Henry Halleck, the Army’s Chief of Staff. It read: “Lieutenant General … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Lynchburg, Virginia and The Marshall

Although Lynchburg, Virginia, was off the beaten path for most of the war, it certainly saw its fair share of action June 17-18, 1864 as part of the spring/summer Shenandoah Campaign. Jubal Early came to the rescue of his hometown, … Continue reading

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Snowy Stonewall

Stonewall Jackson monument Chancellorsville National Battlefield

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ECW Weekender: The Confederate Military Railroad—Manassas and Centreville, VA

During the winter of 1861, Confederate forces in the Manassas and Centreville area built the first-ever railroad dedicated for military purposes. Using stolen rails from the B&O Railroad and building a small bridge over Bull Run, Confederate engineers were able … Continue reading

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Fort Sumter’s Cat Jack: the Cat that Went to War

I have often wondered exactly why the point of view of animals in any historical situation is of any interest whatsoever. Everyone knows animals really have no well-defined point of view. Anthropomorphizing animals is one of the things all “pet … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Totopotomoy Creek Battlefield at Rural Plains

The fight at Totopotomoy Creek in late May of 1864 marks the “boundary” in the Overland Campaign between the North Anna phase of the campaign and the Cold Harbor phase. During the three-day engagement, Federals lost just over one thousand … Continue reading

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Cold Harbor Sunset

Sunset at the Cold Harbor Visitor Station Richmond National Battlefield: Cold Harbor Unit Friday, February 21, 2014

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Another Mighty Scourge: Weather and the War

With the terrible winter of 2013-14 going on, it occurred to me that it must have been terrible to fight during such a winter as the one we are having just now. The American Civil War took place at the … Continue reading

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