Lincoln’s Boys: John Hay, John Nicolay, and the War for Lincoln’s Image, by Joshua Zeitz

Lincoln's Boys coverI was on the list at Amazon for immediate delivery of Lincoln’s Boys: John Hay, John Nicolay, and the War for Lincoln’s Image when publication occurred, and to say I was excited is an understatement. John Hay and John George Nicolay are two of my very favorites in all of history, and are part of almost everything I write, if humanly possible. I was very excited to learn this book was in the works.

To understand Lincoln, one must see his through the eyes of his two young secretaries as well as through the lenses of Lincoln historians. After all, Hay and Nicolay were “Lincoln Men” before there even was a Lincoln. Each secretary gets his due in the beginning of the book, as personal histories are presented first. Then, Hay, Nicolay, and Abraham Lincoln meet. I cannot resist saying that “the rest is history.” They believed in Lincoln, and were instrumental participants in the fascinating election of 1860.

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General Turned Chemist

Another installment of the series “Tales from the Tombstone” 

Born in Fredericksburg, Virginia on September 8, 1829, Seth Maxwell Barton had one of the unique post-Civil War careers out of any of the former Confederate general officers. He became a noted and renowned chemist.

Which was probably reminiscent of his Confederate service, as it was a mix of different commands, like elements, that never quite worked out. Okay, maybe the comparison of chemist to general was a bit of a stretch, but it was worth a shot?

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Civil War On Lake Erie

When presented with a map of the United States, most people can identify

the general region in which the Civil War was fought. Few would point to Michigan,

Wisconsin, or New York – which might lead you to question the title of this piece.

While most of the war was fought south of the famous Mason-Dixon Line, the Union remained prepared to counter an attack from the North (Canada) if one were to come.

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Question of the Week for March 24, 2014

Major General George Meade is often the forgotten army commander. Throughout most of 1864-1865, he lived in Grant’s shadow. What are your thoughts on Meade as a combat leader? (Feel free to explore his brigade, division, or corps command, as well).

Major General George G. Meade

Major General George G. Meade


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Stones in The Road: Conclusion of a Series

On the evening of March 23, 1864, a telegram arrived at Phil Sheridan’s headquarters in Loudon, Tennessee. It was addressed to Sheridan and had been forwarded from Major General Henry Halleck, the Army’s Chief of Staff. It read: “Lieutenant General Grant directs that Major General Sheridan immediately repair to Washington and report to the Adjutant-General of the Army”.

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ECW Weekender: Lynchburg, Virginia and The Marshall

TheMarshall02Although Lynchburg, Virginia, was off the beaten path for most of the war, it certainly saw its fair share of action June 17-18, 1864 as part of the spring/summer Shenandoah Campaign. Jubal Early came to the rescue of his hometown, using the Second Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia to beat back a raid by David Hunter’s Federals.

Today, the city hosts twelve Civil War Trails markers, including one of my favorite Stonewall Jackson-related artifacts, the remains of the packet boat The Marshall. Continue reading

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The Aftermath of Battle

Layout 1With so many irons in the fire here at Emerging Civil War, we’ve had to do some shuffling and make some adjustments. As part of those changes, we’re pleased to announce that Meg Thompson is taking over one of the titles slated for release this year as part of our book series: The Aftermath of Battle: Burying the Civil War Dead.

Meg has been a contributing historian for Emerging Civil War for more than two years. A writer, teacher, and curriculum developer since 1987, she has taught at both the elementary and middle school levels for over thirty years. She graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a B.A. in liberal studies and has been involved in continuing education for her entire career; she is currently a master’s candidate at American Public University, majoring in military history with a Civil War emphasis. She currently lives in Hollister, California, in a lovely 1928 bungalow covered with roses outside and books inside.

About The Aftermath of Battle: The Burial of the Civil War Dead:
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Snowy Stonewall


Stonewall Jackson monument
Chancellorsville National Battlefield

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A Peek at No Turning Back

Layout 1I wrapped up work this week on the latest title in the Emerging Civil War book series and got it shipped off to the printer. No Turning Back: A Guide to the 1864 Overland Campaign by Robert “Bert” Dunkerly, Don Pfanz, and Dave Ruth follows in the footsteps of Ulysses S. Grant, from the banks of the Rapidan to the banks of the James, as he tries to get at, through, and around Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia.

As I followed along, I had the chance to do some battlefielding (always fun!) and take some pictures. In the book, the photos will appear in black and white, but here at the blog, I can offer you a full-color sneak peek. Continue reading

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Question of the Week for March 17, 2014

Who do you think was a better division commander, A.P. Hill or Patrick Cleburne?

Major General Patrick R. Cleburne

Major General Patrick R. Cleburne

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