Year in Review 2021: #1

We have been counting down the most-read posts at ECW written in 2021. We’ve been channeling our inner Kasey Kasem, the greatest of all countdown DJs, to finally get us here, to the number-one spot.

The most-read ECW post written in 2021 comes from early January, 2021.

You’ll remember, from earlier in the countdown, that our sixth- and fifth-most read posts of the year came from January 7, 2021. As it happens, our most-read post of the year came from the day before, on January 6, 2021. And despite all the crazy going on in Washington, D.C., that day, the post, written by Sarah Kay Bierle, had nothing to do with any of that.

On December 22, 2020, Chris Mackowski wrote a post about finding deer hoofprints on the Fredericksburg battlefield, “Deer Discovery Atop Marye’s Heights“. The break from military history, with a nod instead to natural history, resonated with readers, making it one of the most-read posts on ECW in 2020 and 2021.

On January 6, 2021, Sarah Kay Bierle took a similar approach that likewise resonated with readers in a similar way. In her post, though, Sarah didn’t separate natural history from military history, she tied them together. Her post became our most-read post of the year: “1861, 2021: The Sound of Conflict, The Voice of Birds.”

1861, 2021: The Sound of Conflict, The Voice of Birds


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