Category Archives: Ties to the War

Day Four: I Have Seen the King

Part nine in a series I’m not going to pretend to make a Civil War connection between Elvis Presley and the Civil War. We’re passing through Tupelo, Mississippi, on our way from Vicksburg to Corinth, so I’m stopping at the … Continue reading

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Saving the McLaws Silver

We sometimes forget how much we have depended on the last 150 years to ensure our Civil War heritage is here for us to enjoy and study. Myriad causes have removed pages from the Civil War story. The Second World War wiped … Continue reading

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Day Two: Selma

Part six in a series We walk across the bridge in single file, not shoulder to shoulder as the marchers did in 1865. And we take the sidewalk, not the traffic lanes. And we’re greeted by a super-friendly local named … Continue reading

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The Measure of Leaders

Leaders are measured and tested every day—against metrics, accomplishments, standards, and values. To assume the mantle of command and its responsibilities at any level is important, and something that should not be taken lightly. Yet some leaders have in their hands the … Continue reading

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North Anna Graffiti

I ran across some interesting graffiti while I was talking along the hiking trail at North Anna Battlefield Park the other day….

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What Did the War Cost?

For the last few weeks, I have been serving a detail to Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park as a park historian. After a walking tour of the Sunken Road on the Fredericksburg Battlefield, I received the following question: “What … Continue reading

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Grant Sets Sail

One hundred and thirty-eight years ago today—May 17, 1877—recently retired President of the United States Ulysses S. Grant departed on what would be a two-and-a-half year, round-the-world trip. “The trip began as a personal adventure,” says historian William McFeely in … 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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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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