Category Archives: Personalities

“Telling History” vs “Making Art”: Richard Ewell on July 1

My favorite scene in the movie Gettysburg comes when a fiery Isaac Trimble, taught as an over-coiled spring, appears before Robert E. Lee to recount the events of July 1. Frustrated by Richard Ewell’s inaction in front of Cemetery Hill … Continue reading

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James Wilson and the Battle of Nashville, Part II

As Wilson rested and refitted his troopers during the opening days of December, 1864, Maj. Gen. George Thomas was engaged in another battle. This one was not with John Bell Hood, but with his superiors. Throughout the first two weeks … Continue reading

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James Wilson and the Battle of Nashville, Part I

The weather was gradually changing, perhaps for the better. For several days, the Union troopers had been pelted with snow and sleet. It had been so harsh that only the woodcutters had been out in the precipitation. With a thaw … Continue reading

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On the First Day of Christmas . . . The Gift of War Part III

Nothing says Holiday Cheer like an indoor fir tree filled with armaments of war. Or commanded by war leaders. Or bedecked in battle flags. Nothing, I tell you. And it can all be yours with some carefree shopping on your … Continue reading

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John Bell Hood: Dope Fiend?

The American Civil War, it seems, is awash in stories that “everyone” knows to be true. We accept them as fact because they either make for a great story, or they ring so true to life, that it seems natural … Continue reading

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Stonewall vs. Stonewall vs. Stonewall: Such Books as These!

Does the world need another Stonewall Jackson biography? Of course, the world will read another Stonewall Jackson biography. There are thousands of people just like me who can’t get enough of old Jack. But that’s not what I’m asking here…. … 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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Lincoln Adresses Congress Today

Today, December 6, 1864, President Abraham Lincoln delivered his fourth Annual Message to Congress. He began, “Fellow-Citizens of the Senate and House of Representatives: Again the blessings of health and abundant harvests claim our profoundest gratitude to Almighty God.”

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Battle Scarred–a Special Exhibition at Carnton Plantation Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Franklin

When the call at ECW went out for articles concerning the Battle of Franklin, I immediately went to the website for the Battle of Franklin Trust http://www.battleoffranklintrust.org/boft.htm. I have been visiting quite a few Civil War websites recently, and am … Continue reading

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Hood Remembered: The Sesquicentennial

Today, ECW is pleased to welcome guest author Sam Hood. Sam Hood is a descendant of Lt. Gen. John Bell Hood and author of the forthcoming The Lost Papers of John Bell Hood. He has also written a biography of … Continue reading

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