Even the money has historical personages on it…
This past summer I took a part-time job as a cashier in a retail store. Yes, I’m still very involved with Emerging Civil War. No, I’m not quitting the history field. But it was time to take a steady job and be able to save for research trips or other long term goals without worrying about the bank accounts.
You know, work has those days occasionally, but overall it’s fascinating to briefly meet so many people and hopefully make their day a little better, a little happier. I thought you might find it rather amusing how history facts and lessons follow me to work. Hopefully, you’ll be inspired or encouraged to bring history to your own workplace, club, or community. Continue reading
It’s the 150th anniversary of the battle of Chickamauga. Our friends at the American Battlefield Trust are on there, broadcasting through Facebook LIVE. If you haven’t been following along, we encourage you to tune in throughout the day on Thursday. In the meantime, you can check out Wednesday’s broadcasts on their Facebook page (even if you don’t have Facebook!).
You’ll see a couple familiar ECW faces: Kris White and Dan Davis. Plus Garry Adelman and legendary NPS historian Jim Ogden. They have a great line-up of guests, so be sure to tune in!
Let’s take another look at western theater Civil War history – especially since we’re now in the 155th Anniversary of the Battle of Chickamauga.
In 2016, Dave Powell wrote a fantastic nine-part blog post series, evaluating Confederate General James Longstreet’s time in the western theater. You’ll find history and observations on the Battle of Chickamauga and other conflicts.
Check-out the archived series here: Longstreet Goes West
And if you’re visiting Chickamauga battlefield this week, share your photos with us on Facebook or Twitter!
We’re releasing our podcasts on Tuesdays! Our second podcast for September appeared this morning on Patreon.
It’s taking a closer look at the 1865 events at Bennett Place, the site of the Confederate surrender in North Carolina in a Civil War discussion with Eric Wittenberg and Chris Mackowski. Continue reading
The dead along the Hagerstown Pike at Antietam.
“America will never forget what your loved ones did for all of us,” President Trump told audience members attending a 9/11 commemoration ceremony at Flight 93 National Memorial last week. The official White House video of the event ended with the admonition “Never Forget.”
As I first explained in 2012, the events of Sept. 11, 2001 and Sept. 17, 1862, have become inextricably linked in my mind. In recognition of both events—and as a continuing cautionary tale against forgetting either of them—I offer a repost of a reflection I put up during ECW’s first year, Remembering 9/11 and the Lesson of Antietam.
Finding personal accounts of battlefield experiences always raises my eyebrows, as it does for many of you. The details and immediate stories they contain are the stuff historians crave.
James Shinn and the 4th North Carolina fought in Antietam’s Bloody Lane.
When I read the account of James W. Shinn, a soldier in the 4th North Carolina Infantry, about the Battle of Antietam, I knew it was one of the best accounts I had seen of the battle. But Shinn’s account was also different. While it does get into the nitty-gritty of the action, it does not lose sight of the larger picture and how he viewed Antietam’s combat.
Here are a few excerpts for you on the 156th anniversary of the battle. Continue reading
While there are, of course, plenty of good books out there about Antietam, we’d be remiss if we didn’t point out that the Emerging Civil War Series added two great Antietam books to the line-up this year, including one that’s hot off the Savas Beatie presses.
Earlier this year, we were proud to announce the release of That Field of Blood: The Battle of Antietam by Dan Vermilya. Dan, a licensed battlefield guide at Antietam and former historian there, now works for Gettysburg National Military Park at its Eisenhower Unit.
And just last week, the latest ECWS book shipped from the printer: To Hazard All: A Guide to the Maryland Campaign, 1862 by Rob Orrison and Kevin Pawlak. (Kevin was so excited to get his box of books, we asked him to send us a picture!) Continue reading
This week it will be 155 years since the Battle of Chickamauga.
Do you have a favorite officer from that battle? Why do you admire his leadership?
We hope all our readers are safe this weekend. Weather the big storm and we’ll be back on the battlefields soon! And while we wait, here’s a look at the posts featured on the ECW blog this past week…
Monday, September 10
Question of the Week got a good discussion about Civil War ships and ironclads started.
Guest author Joseph Mieczkowski wrote about heroes buried at Annapolis. Continue reading