Category Archives: Emerging Civil War

Review: “A Not So Happy Ending”

Review of Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War, by Brian Matthew Jordan The devastation of the American Civil War is well known; casualties in that fraternal bloodbath exceeded 750,000 and the South was wrecked. Less known and … Continue reading

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Honoring Heroes

This past Saturday I closed out my work detail—I hate using the word “work” to describe an opportunity to spend a few weeks being a ranger at a national military park–but I digress. However, my last day coincided with assisting … Continue reading

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Origins of Memorial Day

Today as we take a moment to reflect upon those American veterans that gave “their last full measure of devotion,” at the same time we also honor the earliest origins of this day. Discover how newly-freed African-Americans honored Union war … Continue reading

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What Did the War Cost?

For the last few weeks, I have been serving a detail to Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park as a park historian. After a walking tour of the Sunken Road on the Fredericksburg Battlefield, I received the following question: “What … Continue reading

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Rediscovering a Forgotten Patriot – William Grayson

In my day to day routine at work I can easily forget how lucky I am to have the job I do.  Growing up with an interest in history and museums, I take for granted that I can make a … Continue reading

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What ESPN Classic Teaches Us About Civil War History

Hindsight is always 20/20. We look back at historic events possessing information not available to the participants. In hindsight, things that were important at the time have faded while others assume a larger importance. I suggest we need to try … Continue reading

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Inspired By the Americans

On December 16, 1773, in Boston, Massachusetts harbor, American colonists belonging to the Sons of Liberty stole aboard trade vessels anchored in the water. In protest to recently passed British legislation, the Native American dressed Sons of Liberty dumped 342 … Continue reading

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University of Texas at Austin Ponders Removal of Statues

Reading the newspaper yesterday, I came across an article reprinted from the Dallas Morning News with the headline, “University grapples with statues of Confederate officials.”  The story deals with the debate over the recent vote by the student government to … Continue reading

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The capture of Jefferson Davis, part Two

After his meeting with Colonel Henry Harnden of the 1st Wisconsin on May 9th, Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin Pritchard took his 4th Michigan troopers to Abbeville Georgia. His assigned mission was to picket the crossings of the Ocmulgee, and he established … Continue reading

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The Capture of Jefferson Davis, Part One

In April 1865 the very air was alive with rumors. Lee and Johnston had surrendered, and despite the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, the Southern Confederacy seemed to be going up the spout. But high profile Confederates were still at large … Continue reading

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