Category Archives: Ties to the War

Question of the Week – 8/24-8/28

This week’s question comes from our own Ashley Webb. I recently visited Richmond for work, and as I was driving down Richmond’s Monument Avenue, I was struck, not by the ‘offensive’ nature of the Confederate statues lining the center of the … Continue reading

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Question of the Week 8/17 – 8/23

This week’s Question of the Week comes from ECW’s Chris Kolakowski who asks: Visiting Charleston a couple of weeks ago, I was struck by the layers of history surrounding its harbor. It has been one of the most important ports … Continue reading

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The Blue and Gray

At last weekend’s symposium, several people asked me about my lapel pin, which is a Korean taeguk of blue and gray swirls chasing each other – the classic “yin and yang” shape. (It is pictured below.) I periodically wear the … Continue reading

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Symposium Takeaway: Meg Thompson

There are many reasons to travel 3,000 miles, including being part of the Emerging Civil War’s Second Symposium. It is wonderful to put faces to names, and to see friends I have not seen for a year. I presented again … Continue reading

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Name Change for A.P. Hill Elementary School?

Ambrose Powell Hill has a secure enough legacy. The general is buried under his own monument which towers above the Hermitage-Labernum intersection in Richmond, placed there by major-turned-developer Lewis Ginter to promote a new residential neighborhood. Three markers denote where … Continue reading

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Meaning No Disrespect . . .

The removal of South Carolina’s Confederate battle flag from the grounds of the Statehouse on Friday (7/10/2015) caused quite a kerfluffle, for many reasons.

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Cancer and Bitterness: Ulysses S. Grant Nurses His Sickness

As Ulysses S. Grant’s throat cancer continued to eat away at him through the spring of 1885, he continued to struggle with pain of another sort, too. He was, at the time, in a race to complete his memoirs before … Continue reading

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A Visit to Charleston in the Wake of Tragedy

The Stars and Bars hangs lazily outside Charleston’s Confederate Museum, languid in the afternoon heat that has topped out at a muggy 95. Its red, white, and blue stands in bright relief against the jaundiced yellow of the museum, which … Continue reading

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Who Won the Sesquicentennial?

Just as the last reenactment ink was dry on the last reenactment surrender, all heck seemed to break loose across the nation: police were accused of killing black men–young and old, the Confederate Southern Cross ignited fear and loathing, and … Continue reading

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From Waterloo to Cemetery Ridge

As the 152d Anniversary of Gettysburg passes into the rearview mirror, I cannot help but also note the juxtaposition of last month’s Bicentennial of Waterloo. Both of these battles are among the most discussed and debated events in military history. Why?

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