Category Archives: Politics

An Enduring Controversy: The Pipe Creek Circular and the Battle of Gettysburg

Part Two In part one of this two-part series, we examined the content of the Pipe Creek Circular, and we also looked at the Pipe Creek Line itself. In this, the second part, we will examine the controversy created by … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: The First White House of the Confederacy

While the White House of the Confederacy in Richmond has been swallowed up by Virginia Commonwealth University’s medical complex, the First White House of the Confederacy enjoys a prominent spot on a corner right across from the Alabama State Capitol … 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 Two: Montgomery

Part five in a series Jefferson Davis is standing in the rain. Had he been on the front portico of the Alabama State Capitol in the spot where he’d been swore in, he’d have been protected, but that’s not the … Continue reading

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Black Confederates

Today we are pleased to welcome back guest author Sam Smith The Civil War was a fiery prism at the center of American society. Every life entered the prism at its own angle and was refracted in its own way. … Continue reading

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The Capture of Jefferson Davis, Conclusion

On a personal note, I am interested in Davis’s capture primarily because of the units involved. Not only do we have the 1st Wisconsin and 4th Michigan cavalries, but also longtime western theater personalities like John Croxton and Robert H. … Continue reading

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Interpretation vs Stewardship: A Conundrum at the Jackson Shrine

Death Day at the Stonewall Jackson Shrine—May 10—always brings out some colorful characters, which is one of the reasons I enjoy working there so much on the anniversary of Jackson’s death. This year it was no different. A fellow showed … 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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Why Study the American Civil War?

Recently, ECW Editor Chris Mackowski was chatting with Gettysburg College senior Bobby Novak, who’s getting ready to graduate later this month with an eye on grad school—“initially for my Masters but I want to go on and get my Ph.D.” … 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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