Category Archives: Holidays

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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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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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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Day One: Stone Mountain

Part three in a series Stonewall Jackson has always loomed large in my family’s life. He’s the reason Stephanie fell in love with the Civil War back when she was four, and her love affair dragged us all with it. … 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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Breakthrough at Petersburg: “April Fool, Johnnies!”

After the thrilling Union victory at Five Forks on April 1, Lt. Col. Horace Porter raced back with a report to Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s headquarters near Dabney’s Mill. He swiftly picked his way through the mess behind the … Continue reading

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Queen of Delphine, Part II

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Dwight Hughes. New Year’s Day continued clear and balmy; all sails were set with just enough breeze to fill them, the first really fine weather they had experienced since entering the … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: January 26, 2015

I’m sure I’m not the only person who got the Civil War Sesquicentennial tumbler set for Christmas. The set contains glasses with four Confederates (Davis, Lee, Jackson, and Stuart) and four Federals (Lincoln, Grant, Sherman, and McClellan). 

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Stonewall’s Birthday

I hear the sound of furniture sliding across the living room carpet, but it stops in time for my daughter to hear my footsteps coming down the hallway from the kitchen. “Don’t come in yet!” Steph pleads. “What are you … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: January 19, 2015

This week’s question actually comes from ECW’s business officer, Jennifer Mackowski. Pondering some of the discussions and controversies that have swirled around Virginia this past weekend in relation to Lee-Jackson Day and Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, she asks: What … Continue reading

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