Tag Archives: Antietam

9/11 and 9/17, Inexorably Linked: Remember

The events of 9/11/2001 and 9/17/1862 remain inextricably linked in my mind, tied together not only by the horror of what happen on those days but by national resolve to “Never forget.” Even as we build skyscraper-sized memorials to the dead … Continue reading

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Getting “Friend-Zoned” in the Civil War

At some point in a dwindling romantic relationship, most people hear or say something along the lines of: it’s not working out, but we can still be friends. Today this prophecy, which rarely amicably pans out as intended, is referred … Continue reading

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Mr. Gardner and the Erosion of the “Good Death”

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author James Brookes. Alexander Gardner’s images of the aftermath of the Battle of Antietam were the first serious attempts of their kind to document the true carnage of conflict. Prior to the … Continue reading

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June-August Presentations

June: 5th: Chris Kolakowski, “1864: The Last Stand of the Confederate Navy” Chicago Civil War Roundtable 7th: Chris Mackowski, “That Furious Struggle: Chancellorsville and the High Tide of the Confederacy,” Manassas Museum, Manassas, VA; 2:00 p.m. 13th: Emerging Civil War … Continue reading

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Day Four: Corinth

Part ten in a series “What is it you like about Corinth?” I ask Dan. We’re stopping at the little Mississippi town in the northeast corner of the state so Dan can get some pictures. He’s been at work on … 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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The Bloody Railroad Cut at Gettysburg: Part One

Part One in a Series On the morning of July 1st, 1863, Union and Confederate soldiers made their way towards the small Pennsylvania town of Gettysburg. Three full days of viscous fighting were touched off three miles to the west … Continue reading

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A Letter from William Childs

The following post by guest author Dan Welch is one of a series of posts that will chronicle a Union surgeon’s letters leading up to the end of the Civil War, 150 years later. One of the best sets of … Continue reading

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Sketches from the Shenandoah: The Wounding of Charles Russell Lowell

At the Battle of Cedar Creek, James Taylor captured the mortal wounding of Colonel Charles Russell Lowell. Lowell hailed from Boston and was a member of one of New England’s most distinguished families. A Harvard graduate, Lowell received a commission … Continue reading

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“Never forget”: Remembering Antietam on 9/11

It has become my custom on 9/11 to think back to a different day during a different September when America suffered an even more catastrophic loss of life. As I explained two years ago, the events of Sept. 11, 2001 and Sept. 17, … Continue reading

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