Category Archives: Emerging Civil War

The Most Fateful Decision of April 19, 1775

  Lord Hugh Percy, the 2nd Duke of Northumberland and holding the rank of brigadier general commanded the relief brigade that was ordered out from Boston by Sir Thomas Gage after Lieutenant Colonel Francis Smith had sent back a messenger … Continue reading

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“One of the most deplorable incidents”

On March 21, 1865, one of the last actions of the battle of Bentonville—which, in turn, was the last major engagement between Confederate forces and Union soldiers under William T. Sherman in the Western theater—cut short another young life.

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No Turning Back Takes Dunkerly to the Bitter End

By ECW Correspondant Patrick Tintle Dating back to the late 1990s, Robert M. Dunkerly has been infatuated with writing history. The historian began his career with a few history articles and then full-length books, but Dunkerly is not just a … Continue reading

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A Rebel Far From Home

BATAVIA — A little Confederate battle flag caught my eye as I drove down Harvester Avenue next to the historic Batavia Cemetery in upstate New York a few years ago.  I can remember thinking, “No, it must be a prank.  … Continue reading

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Upcoming Presentations: March and April 2015

March: 3rd: Kristopher D. White, “The Beginning of the End: The Civil War in 1865″, Wheeling WV, http://www.ohiocountylibrary.org/uplads/xb_peoplesuniversitycivilwarend.pdf 7th: Kristopher D. White, Bert Dunkerly  “The Closing Stages of the Civil War,” Andrew Carnegie Civil War Symposium at the Andrew Carnegie Free … Continue reading

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Onward from Columbia: Experiences of Union Soldiers in Sherman’s Armies

Writing after the end of the war, Maj. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman wrote that his armies left Columbia South Carolina “utterly ruined”. Resuming their march, Sherman wrote “the right wing began its march northward, towards Winnsboro, on the 20th, which … 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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“…and if they mean to have a war, let it begin here” ?? —The Real Words of Captain John Parker

Recently, a lot of attention has been paid to the events in Boston leading up to the American Revolution. The History program called “Sons of Liberty” brought a modern “spin” to the historic events of 1775. Though this will not … Continue reading

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Committees of Correspondence = 18th Century Social Media?

Information. Communication. Solidarity. Linkage. Friendship. Point-of-view. Identity. Current Events. These words describe reasons in the 20th century why people joined and continue to join social media platforms, especially Facebook. Approximately 240 years before Facebook was launched in February 2004, the first major … Continue reading

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Announcing Revolutionary War Wednesdays!

  History can resemble the peeling of an onion. There are multiple layers, each one resting on top of each other and, when peeled back, can provoke an emotion—anger, happiness, empathy, or a score of others. Like an onion, that … Continue reading

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