Category Archives: Books & Authors

The Monuments at Bentonville

The following is an excerpt from “Preserving the Bentonville Battlefield” by Donny Taylor, the site supervisor at the Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site. It appears in “Calamity in Carolina: The Battles of Averasboro and Bentonville, March 1865″ by Daniel T. … 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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This Just In: To the Bitter End!

Look what arrived on Bert Dunkerly’s doorstep this afternoon: hot-off-the-presses copies of his book To the Bitter End: Appomattox, Bennett Place, and the Surrenders of the Confederacy. Bert will be hitting the road in support of his new book, so … Continue reading

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The Civil War: Regional, Regimental and Personal Experiences

We don’t normally post information here about academic conferences, but this one is a little different (and I have a vested interest in it!). On August 1st, 2015, St. Bonaventure University—the institution where I teach—will host a conference on the Civil … Continue reading

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Sherman’s Memoirs Inspire Davis’ “Calamity”

By ECW Correspondent Pat Tintle After sitting down to read the memoirs of Maj. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman one year ago, Daniel T. Davis was sparked by the idea to write about the battles of Averasboro and Bentonville—two battles in … Continue reading

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The Many Historical Hats of Phillip S. Greenwalt

By ECW Correspondent Pat Tintle Phillip S. Greenwalt is no stranger to history. His love for the subject stems from nostalgia, when, as a child, his father would take him to Civil War battlefields and explain the historical impact the … 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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In Memory of Harry Pfanz

The Civil War community lost a giant late last month. Harry Pfanz, former chief historian for Gettysburg National Military Park, passed away on January 27 after a long illness. He was 93. (Read his obituary in The Gettysburg Times.) Few … Continue reading

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A Conversation with Cartographer Hal Jespersen

By ECW Correspondent Jason Klaiber In 2003, Hal Jespersen stumbled upon Michael Shaara’s novel The Killer Angels. The book, which had won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1975, tells a tale from the viewpoints of men belonging to the … Continue reading

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Lincoln’s Confederate Little Sister

The Civil War is often remembered as “brother versus brother,” but for Abraham Lincoln, it was brothers-in-law versus brothers-in-law—and a slew of other in-laws, too. Historian Stuart W. Sanders has published a new book that looks at one of Lincoln’s … Continue reading

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