Author Archives: Chris Mackowski

Roundtable Takeaways (part three)

In his introductory remarks to the Congress of Civil War Roundtables, Civil War News columnist Matt Borowick said, “This is a very important time for Civil War Roundtables.” He elaborated on that point during the afternoon question-and-answer session. “I see … Continue reading

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Roundtable Takeaways (part two)

The sessions at today’s national Congress of Civil War Roundtables—held at the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, PA—have offered a lot of interesting tips and insights. The third and fourth sessions focused on growing membership and effective use of … Continue reading

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Roundtable Takeaways (part one)

I’m at the national Civil War Congress, being held this week at the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Here are some takeaways from the morning session: Jay Jorgensen of the Robert E. Lee Civil War Roundtable of Central … Continue reading

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The 2018 Civil War Roundtable Congress

I’m in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, this weekend—at the National Civil War Museum—to attend the national Civil War Roundtable Congress. The Congress kindly invited me to offer their keynote address last night, and today, I’m sitting in on their workshops. More than … Continue reading

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Where Valor Proudly Sleeps (part two)

(part two of two) When Don Pfanz first began researching the history of the Fredericksburg National Cemetery, he compiled it into a report from Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. That’s where I first came across Don’s work, years ago. … Continue reading

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Where Valor Proudly Sleeps (part one)

(part one of two) We’ve spent a lot of time and attention on Turning Points of the Civil War lately. Our first book in the Engaging the Civil War Series, published in cooperation with Southern Illinois University Press, tied into … Continue reading

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The ECW Symposium on Facebook LIVE

The Fifth Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge has been roaring along with a sold-out crowd, but even if you’re at home, you can join in on some of the fun. We’re offering a slew of Facebook LIVE … Continue reading

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Where is Aunt Becky?

As I was reading some old issues of the National Tribune the other day, I came across the following notice from the July 26, 1883. My mother’s name is Becky, so of course my cousins all call her “Aunt Becky,” … Continue reading

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Runaway Slave Ad

I took a trip today to the Orange County (VA) Historical Society to do some research on some of the civilians who lived on the Mine Run battlefield. In the archives, I came across the following newspaper ad posted by … Continue reading

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Telling Stonewall Jackson’s Story Atop Henry House Hill

I always think of July 21 as Stonewall Jackson’s birthday. Thomas Jonathan Jackson was born on January 21, 1824, so that’s his actual birthday, but he got his famous nickname at the battle of First Manassas, which took place in … Continue reading

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