Category Archives: Monuments

Thoughts on Appomattox (part five)

On the night of April 12, as he made his way back to Richmond after leaving the remnants of the Army of Northern Virginia, Robert E. Lee pitched his camp alongside the road. Today, the spot—along modern route 60 midway … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Appomattox (part one)

One of the images that hangs high over Ulysses S. Grant’s sepulcher is an image of a handshake. It’s an idealized painting of Grant and Lee at Appomattox, sealing their deal. A handshake was a man’s word. It’s the way … Continue reading

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Sailor’s Creek – 150 Years Later

Recently I had the opportunity to visit Sailor’s Creek Battlefield, which is part of the same-named Virginia State Park. On April 6, 1865, Union forces delivered a devastating blow to the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia, which included eight generals … Continue reading

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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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Kilpatrick’s Shirt-Tail Skedaddle: The Battle of Monroe’s Crossroads, March 10, 1865

Conclusion of a series. After rallying his troops, Kilpatrick found a ragged old nag of a horse, and ordered a counterattack by his men, who surged forward out of the swamp and engaged the Confederate cavalrymen. In the meantime, Lt. … Continue reading

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Losing Touch with the Words of Lincoln’s Greatness

Abraham Lincoln’s best-known words, delivered on a November afternoon at the new Soldiers National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, laid out a call to action at a specific moment in the American Civil War. Attendees at the dedication, he said, must rededicate themselves … Continue reading

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CAMPers Making Progress in Memorial Preservation

From historian Mark Dunkelman, we receive news that “there have been noteworthy and positive recent developments in the fight to save the Cattaraugus County Memorial and Historical Building in Little Valley (NY).” Back in the fall, ECW’s Chris Mackowski wrote … Continue reading

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Man’s Best Comrade: Sallie and the 11th Pennsylvania

The Eleventh Pennsylvania Infantry received a welcome visitor to their camp in West Chester in May of 1861. Their presence on the county fair grounds twenty miles west of Philadelphia had been a novelty to its citizens who came out in packs to … Continue reading

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“Every tombstone is a biography”

We are pleased to welcome guest author Betsy Dinger to Emerging Civil War. After obtaining her BS in History from Frostburg State University in Maryland, Betsy began her National Park Service career in 1988 working at Shenandoah NP, Valley Forge NHP … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Gets Personal

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Derek Maxfield. “There it is,” I said to a companion.  “There is his name,” I said as I stared up at the bronze letters on the Pennsylvania monument, “That is my … Continue reading

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