Monthly Archives: July 2012


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Brandy Station…Fleetwood Hill

Our friend, Eric Wittenberg, is making a concerted effort on his blog to save 50 acres of the Brandy Station Battlefield. For those of you that may not be too familiar with the battlefield, we have posted a short story, … Continue reading

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Drawing the War, Part 6: Paul Philippoteaux

Part six in a series. The original inspiration for this series of articles was a piece Chris Mackowski wrote earlier for ECW about his daughter and a picture by nineteenth century artist Paul Philippoteaux. The article made me think, again, about how … Continue reading

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American Oracle and the dangers of political fanaticism

Reading David Blight’s American Oracle this weekend, I’ve noticed a subtle, cautionary note that keeps playing itself as an occasional undertone. It reminds me again why the study of history has something to tell us about current events—and also that no one … Continue reading

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I Thought the Civil War Was Our National Pastime!

I see great things in baseball. It’s our game, the American game. It has the snap, go, fling, of the American atmosphere – belongs as much to our institutions, fits into them as significantly, as our constitutions, laws: is just … Continue reading

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Review: The Maps of Antietam by Bradley Gottfried

Pardon the crass comparison, but Bradley Gottfried’s new book should be called The Crack of Antietam, not The Maps of Antietam. It’s that addictive. Every time I’ve picked up Gottfried’s magnificent cartographical study, it seems like hours have evaporated. The … Continue reading

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Drawing the War, Part 5: Thomas Nast

Part five in a series. Uncle Sam? Santa Claus? Lady Columbia? The Republican Elephant? The Democratic Donkey? All of these images of America have the same source, Thomas Nast, cartoonist extraordinaire (and functional illiterate) for Harper’s Weekly. Born into a … Continue reading

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Grand Bahama Island and the Civil War

I recently visited Freeport, Bahamas. It was quaint and quiet and filled with tourist hotels, casinos, and, of course, beautiful beaches. When I returned home, I became curious what role if any Freeport, Bahamas played in the American Civil War. … Continue reading

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Review: Jeff Shaara’s A Blaze of Glory

By the time I was two hundred pages into Jeff Shaara’s new novel—roughly halfway—I wondered how an author could write so much and say so little. It picked up, thankfully. I wouldn’t have known that, though, had I not forced … Continue reading

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Congratulations and Thank You!

All of us at Emerging Civil War wanted to extend our congratulations to authors Daniel  Davis, Phillip Greenwalt and Ashley Whitehead Luskey. As you may have seen all three have contributed to the summer issue of the Civil War Trust’s … Continue reading

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