Category Archives: Books & Authors

Civil War Regiments Series—Open Submissions

We are happy to announce that we are accepting open submissions for the re-launch of the Civil War Regiments Series. Currently we are accepting submissions for the following issues: May 2nd at Chancellorsville May 3rd at Chancellorsville Please see our … Continue reading

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Name Change Alert!!

I know it is politically incorrect nowadays for a woman to take the name of the man she marries (or whatever!), but I am formally–OK–informally!–announcing that Robert Groeling and I got married on July 4 of this year. I will … Continue reading

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ECW on the Road: St. Bonaventure University, the 154th New York, and a Discussion of the Future of the War

Emerging Civil War historians visiting St. Bonaventure University next Saturday won’t simply be reflecting on a battle that ended 150 years ago—they’ll discuss why the ripple effects of the nation’s darkest period still wash over us today. The Confederate flag controversy that … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Barnes & Noble in Fredericksburg brings Civil War books to life

History books come to life at Barnes & Noble in Fredericksburg, Virginia, this Saturday. The bookstore, located in Central Park, Fredericksburg, is hosting a Civil War Living History Event on Saturday, July 25 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. ECW’s … Continue reading

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On Writing Grant’s Last Battle

Part one of two In the fall of 2012, I had the opportunity to speak to the Rappahannock Valley Civil War Round Table in Fredericksburg, Virginia, about Ulysses S. Grant’s memoirs. Grant’s work to write them was literally a race … Continue reading

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Review: “The First Battle for Petersburg: The Attack and Defense of the Cockade City, June 9, 1864″

The First Battle for Petersburg: The Attack and Defense of the Cockade City, June 9, 1864, by William Glenn Robertson. (Savas Beatie: 2015). 3 pages preface, 147 pages main text, Appendix 1: Federal Order of Battle, Appendix 2: Confederate Order … Continue reading

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The Fall of the Chancellorsville Crossroads

The following is a chapter excerpt from “That Furious Struggle: Chancellorsville and the High Tide of the Confederacy, May 1-4, 1863,” authored by Chris Mackowski and Kristopher D. White. The Chancellor House site will be one of the stops on the upcoming … Continue reading

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Cancer and Bitterness: Ulysses S. Grant Nurses His Sickness

As Ulysses S. Grant’s throat cancer continued to eat away at him through the spring of 1885, he continued to struggle with pain of another sort, too. He was, at the time, in a race to complete his memoirs before … Continue reading

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Who Won the Sesquicentennial?

Just as the last reenactment ink was dry on the last reenactment surrender, all heck seemed to break loose across the nation: police were accused of killing black men–young and old, the Confederate Southern Cross ignited fear and loathing, and … Continue reading

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Mary Anne Bickerdyke or Martha Stewart?

The book I am reading is Civil War Medicine: Care & Comfort of the Wounded, by Robert E. Denney. Denny is a pretty interesting read, interspersing letters and official correspondence with a running commentary of the war. He is also … Continue reading

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