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The Heights Beyond Fredericksburg

Marye’s Heights in Fredericksburg must have looked a lot like this on December 13, 1862 (except that it was swarming with Confederates).

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The Rappahannock

by Jason Klaiber, ECW Correspondent One hundred and fifty two years ago today, the Union army made a harrowing crossing over the Rappahannock River as it prepared to do battle in Fredericksburg. Now, a new documentary, Rappahannock, takes a fresh … Continue reading

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Shenandoah Subordinates: George Washington Getty and the Battle of Cedar Creek

Part four in a series. In the wake of the victory at the Battle of Tom’s Brook, the Union Army of the Shenandoah trudged north, eventually going into camp along a stream known as Cedar Creek, south of the village of … Continue reading

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How a Man Feels in Battle

“How a man feels when in battle is a question that our volunteers have doubtless frequently asked themselves,” wrote a columnist for the Philadelphia North American early in the war. Many on the home front undoubtedly shared that curiosity. The newspaperman published his account of meeting … Continue reading

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What It’s All About

I was in Gettysburg this past weekend to take an all-day tour of the Union lines from Culp’s Hill down to Little Round Top. In total, the group walked about ten miles over the course of the day, and I … Continue reading

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From the Gold Rush of California To the Fields of Third Winchester

Another installment of “Tales From the Tombstone.” This post is part of the 150th Annviesrary of the Battle of Third Winchester coverage here on Emerging Civil War.  Archibald Campbell Godwin forever associated in Civil War history with his North Carolinian’s, … Continue reading

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William “Little Billy” Mahone—Part Two

Today we welcome back guest author William F. Floyd, Jr. William worked for forty years for the City of Norfolk. In his retirement, he’s now pursuing the study of history at Tidewater Community College. The second in a two-part series. … Continue reading

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U.S. Grant and the Shadow of Cold Harbor

At 4:30 a.m. on the morning of June 3, 1864, the II, VI and XVIII Corps commenced their assault on the Confederate line at Cold Harbor. One New Yorker recalled “as soon as the skirmishers were engaged, our artillery opened … Continue reading

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Rappahannock Rising

A week of rains has sent the Rappahannock River over its banks in the Fredericksburg, Virginia area. I can’t help but think of Brig. Gen. George Stoneman. One-hundred and fifty-one years ago, Stoneman, in charge of the Federal cavalry, was charged with raiding … Continue reading

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Reluctant Patriot: Major Henry Livermore Abbott

Henry Livermore Abbott was a proud native of Lowell, Massachusetts. He came from a family deeply rooted in patriotism, with both sides of his family claiming descendants in the Continental Army. His father was a lawyer and a member of … Continue reading

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