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My Call to Arms: A Look Back at My Overland Campaign

What no one ever tells you about being an author is that it mostly involves schlepping a lot of books from place to place. Sure, there’s some writing involved (and, oh, if only I had time to do more!), but … Continue reading

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Emerging Civil War Symposium Lecture and Tour Schedule

First Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge August 15-17, 2014 “The Civil War in 1864” Presenters and Tour Guides Click here to register for the event. August 16—Morning Session 9 AM: Daniel T. Davis More Desperate Fighting Has … Continue reading

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Lee’s Overland Engineer: Maj. Gen. Martin Luther Smith

History buffs can only name a handful of personalities from the Civil War that seem present at many important events. One man that finds himself involved in widespread actions is Confederate engineer Martin Luther Smith. Smith played a crucial role … Continue reading

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The Turning Point of the War—150 years ago today

Forget that nonsense you’ll hear from folks about “Gettysburg as the turning point of the Civil War.” Rather, Grant’s decision today–150 years ago–was the turning point of the war: Unable to get at Lee in the Wilderness, he decided he’d … Continue reading

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Grant the Butcher?

Although saddled with the reputation of “Grant the Butcher,” Ulysses S. Grant was hardly unmoved by the butchery around him. An incident in the Wilderness, relayed by Grant’s chief of staff, John Rawlins, to biographer James Wilson (Federal cavalryman and … Continue reading

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Ready to Ride into the Wilderness

Horses enjoy a moment of rest in the Confederate cavalry camp before the kick-off of Wilderness Sesquicentennial events.

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First Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge

All of us at Emerging Civil War are proud to announce our first annual Civil War Symposium. The symposium will be hosted by Stevenson Ridge, on the Spotsylvania Court House Battlefield, and will be sponsored by Savas Beatie, LLC. The … Continue reading

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“The” Turning Point of the War: The Wilderness, not Gettysburg

I was working at the Wilderness today, and I couldn’t think of a better place to be sitting in the wake of the Gettysburg sesquicentennial. Why? Well, while throngs of people stare at the bronze tablet by the copse of … Continue reading

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Herdegen’s Rock-Solid Study of the Iron Brigade

I first met the Iron Brigade, like so many Americans, as they marched onto the field on the first day of Gettysburg, their black hats announcing their appearance at the nick of time. Michael Shaara’s The Killer Angels (and the … Continue reading

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CVBT preserves the site where Jackson’s arm was amputated

From our friends at the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust comes word that they’ve preserved another important track associated with the battle of Chancellorsville: the site of the Wilderness field hospital where surgeons removed Stonewall Jackson’s arm following Jackson’s accidental wounding … Continue reading

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