Help Save Two Tennessee Battlefields

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News of the latest preservation fight in the Western Theater comes to us from the Civil War Trust. Take a moment to read Civil War Trust President Jim Lighthizer’s update at Fort Donelson and Parker’s Cross Roads. Continue reading

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Modern Photography: Cape Henry Lighthouses

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The Cape Henry Lighthouses as seen on July 10, 2016 from Chesapeake Bay. For over 225 years one or both of these lights have indicated the entrance to Chesapeake Bay from the Atlantic Ocean.

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Modern Photography: Battlefield Cannons

our-favorite-modern-civil-war-photosDuring my battlefield trips, I enjoying taking the “classic” cannon photos. Though serene battlefield markers today, these artillery pieces caused fearsome destruction during the Civil War.

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Cannon at Battery Heights, Second Manassas (Manassas National Military Park; Photography by Sarah Kay Bierle, 2016.)

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ECW Weekender: William McKinley

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As President’s Day weekend is upon us, it would be altogether fitting and proper to have an ECW Weekender post related to the holiday. Continue reading

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Modern Photography: An Introduction

our-favorite-modern-civil-war-photosIt’s February. Winter. And perhaps the chilly weather is keeping you housebound with your history books?

Avoid the winter blues and battlefield “homesickness” by admiring modern photographs from Civil War battlefields and other historical locations.

ECW authors and photographers have been busy going through our archives to bring you beautiful images of where history was made. We’re excited to present our new blog series: Our Favorite (Modern) Civil War Photos. Continue reading

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Recollections of Confederate Officers for The News

Today we are pleased to welcome back guest author, Joe Owen. This post concludes Sergeant Val Giles’ newspaper account originally of published in the Galveston Daily News on May 16, 1897. You may read the first part here.

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Wade Hampton and Judson Kilpatrick

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Lt. Gen. Wade Hampton

Beginning in the spring of 1863, Wade Hampton and Judson Kilpatrick tangled on many a cavalry battlefield. By 1865, Hampton was a lieutenant general—THE highest-ranking cavalry officer in the history of the Confederacy—and Kilpatrick was Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman’s chief of cavalry for his Carolinas Campaign. These two old adversaries clashed on many a battlefield through the course of the war, but no engagement engendered more bitter feelings than did the March 10, 1865, battle of Monroe’s Crossroads.

At Monroe’s Crossroads, Hampton, with his division and Maj. Gen. Joseph Wheeler’s Cavalry Corps from the Army of Tennessee, in an effort to keep Kilpatrick’s cavalry tied up long enough for Lt. Gen. William J. Hardee’s infantry to make it across the Cape Fear River at Fayetteville, North Carolina, pounced on Kilpatrick’s sleeping camp. Overconfident, Kilpatrick failed to put out sufficient cavalry pickets, so the surprise attack by Hampton and Wheeler caught the Federals completely off guard. Kilpatrick was nearly captured and had to flee into a swamp barefoot and clad only in his nightshirt. Kilpatrick eventually rallied his troops and re-captured his camp after hard dismounted fighting. When Hampton learned that infantry reinforcements of the 14th Corps were on their way, he broke off and withdrew, his goal of keeping Kilpatrick’s cavalry tied up for an entire day accomplished. The battle of Monroe’s Crossroads became, to the federal commander’s eternal embarrassment, known as Kilpatrick’s Shirt-Tail Skedaddle, and was the subject of much good-natured ribbing. Continue reading

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On Location: The Wade Hampton Monument in Charleston

I’m On Location for the last time on this trip to Charleston, South Carolina. I’ve stopped in Marion Square to pay a visit to the Wade Hampton monument, which faces East Bay Drive. I’ve stopped her before to muse on Hampton’s career and legacy—but never to shoot video!

If you’re interested in the “cliffhanger” at the end—the Unreconstructed Rebel reconciling with his old enemies during his twilight years—stayed tuned to ECW this afternoon. Eric Wittenberg will be by with a post that traces one of Hampton’s most tumultuous relationships….

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Recollections of Confederate Officers for The News

Today we are pleased to welcome back guest author, Joe Owen. Joe has provided an account from Sergeant Val Giles of the 4th Texas Infantry. It was originally published in The Galveston Daily News on May 16, 1897.

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On Location: The Hunley Center

No Civil War trip to Charleston, South Carolina, is complete without a trip to see one of the most famous—and mysterious—stories of the entire war. It also represents one of the greatest conservation stories related to the war, as well.

This Friday marks the 153rd anniversary of the Hunley‘s fateful mission.

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