Author Archives: Chris Mackowski

Remembering Ball’s Bluff

Today is the anniversary of the 1861 battle of Ball’s Bluff. A small affair by the standards established later in the war, the battle nonetheless had a magnified impact because it directly led to the establishment of the Joint Committee … Continue reading

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BookChat with Adam Petty, Author of The Battle of the Wilderness in Myth and Memory

I was pleased to spend some time recently with a new book by historian Adam Petty, The Battle of the Wilderness in Myth and Memory (LSU Press, 2019). I reviewed the booked for the spring 2020 edition of Louisiana State … Continue reading

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BookChat with Sam Hood, author of Patriots Twice

I was pleased to spend some time recently with a new book by Stephen “Sam” Hood, Patriots Twice: Former Confederates and the Building of America after the Civil War, a new release from Savas Beatie (click here for details). CM: … Continue reading

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From Clingmans Dome in the Great Smokies

I’m teaching a class this semester called “Writing Places and Spaces,” which focuses on ways in which nonfiction writers write about place. The course stems from work I did during my doctoral studies (check out my “Twenty-Five Books in Thirty … Continue reading

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ECW on C-SPAN 3: Dan Welch and “Pap” Greene

ECW’s virtual symposium continues on C-SPAN 3 this weekend. Dan Welch’s talk on George Sears Greene, “‘Where all so well did their duty’: George Sears Greene’s Brigade at Gettysburg,” debuts this Saturday night on C-SPAN 3 at 6 p.m. ET … Continue reading

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A Stonewall Jackson “What If” I’d Never Heard Before

During a Q&A with the Franklin Civil War Roundtable last month, someone asked me a question about Stonewall Jackson that no one had ever asked me before. My presentation had been on “The Last days of Stonewall Jackson,” and someone … Continue reading

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ECW on C-SPAN 3: Mark Maloy and Fort Sumter

Mark Maloy’s talk on Fort Sumter from the ECW virtual symposium will air on C-SPAN 3’s “American History TV” this weekend. Check out “The First Shots of the Civil War,” which recounts the tale of Charleston and Fort Sumter in … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: The Chancellorsville History Trail’s Western Loop

At the end of July, I posted about the 3.6-mile Chancellorsville History Trail that departs from the parking lot near the Chancellorsville Visitor Center (CVC). The trail winds through the area of Confederate attacks on July 3, north of the … Continue reading

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Home Libraries: “I Cannot Live Without Books”

I cannot live without books, Thomas Jefferson wrote to his old Revolutionary colleague John Adams. The two were famously well read, and they loved to talk about books with each other and with many of the people they each corresponded … Continue reading

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ECW on C-SPAN: Kevin Pawlak and the 1862 Loudon Valley Campaign

C-SPAN 3’s coverage of the 2020 ECW Virtual Symposium continues this weekend. Kevin Pawlak’s talk on the Loudon Valley Campaign of 1862 debuts on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. ET, with a rebroadcast Sunday at 4:00 a.m. The full video will … Continue reading

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