Category Archives: Western Theater

Hood Remembered: Crossing the Tennessee

Today, ECW is pleased to welcome guest author Sam Hood. Sam Hood is an 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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The Western Federal

Today, we are pleased to welcome guest author Jim Taub. As Joseph Polley, a sergeant of the 4th Texas Infantry, moved through the dense Georgia underbrush, the sounds and smells of battle overwhelmed his senses. The cracking of musketry and … Continue reading

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Sarah Morgan Dawson: A Unique Case Study in Southern Nationalism

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Ashley Webb. As a social historian, I love reading detailed diary entries that capture a single moment in time. Diaries provide an intimate glimpse into an author’s thoughts and feelings, as … Continue reading

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ECW’s Dave Powell Publishes New Chickamauga Book

Savas Beatie has just published the long-awaited first volume of a new trilogy on the battle of Chickamauga, written by our own Dave Powell. The Chickamauga Campaign, Vol. I: A Mad Irregular Battle provides an in-depth examination of both the … Continue reading

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“The Kind of Whom Heroes are Made”

150 years ago today, one of the rising stars of the Union army died along a lonely stretch of road west of Rome, Georgia. Twenty-nine-year-old Bvt. Maj. Gen. Thomas E.G. Ransom passed away from the effects of dysentery. It would … Continue reading

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Demonstration at Decatur

At 1:30 in the afternoon of October 26th, 1864, Union Colonel Charles C. Doolittle of the 18th Michigan Infantry, the Federal commander of the defenses at Decatur Alabama, observed an alarming sight. Several thousand Confederate soldiers were marching up the … Continue reading

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The Battle of Ship’s Gap

October of 1864 was a busy month for the North Georgia community my family lived in and where I continue to live 150 years later. The little crossroads of Villanow saw the most men it had ever seen before in … Continue reading

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The Army of Tennessee and Dalton Redux, 150 years later

150 years ago on October 13, John Bell Hood’s campaign through North Georgia reached the edge of Dalton, a town the army knew very well from their stay there the previous winter. The Dalton they found little resembled what they … Continue reading

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Shenandoah Subordinates: George Crook and the Controversy of Fisher’s Hill

Part three in a series. Jubal Early’s Confederates tramped through the night of September 19. After being routed off the battlefield at Winchester and chased through the town, the Army of the Valley headed south. They did not stop until … Continue reading

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Review—Fierce Patriot: The Tangled Lives of William Tecumseh Sherman

Today we are pleased to welcome guest author Derek D. Maxfield with a review of Robert L. O’Connell’s Fierce Patriot: The Tangled Lives of William Tecumseh Sherman (New York: Random House, 2014). He is perhaps the most eccentric general of the Civil … Continue reading

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