Author Archives: Chris Mackowski

Sharpsburg Scrabble

Mounted on the wall at Captain Bender’s Tavern and Restaurant in downtown Sharpsburg, Maryland: FYI, the restaurant is cash only, but the burgers are good!

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The Great Battle and the Ghosting of Meade

I love it when I get to see the new cover designs for books in the Emerging Civil War Series. The covers have become a distinctive part of our overall brand, tying the books together in a visually strong way … Continue reading

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Chief Joseph: If not for Howard, “there would have been no war”

My favorite description of Oliver Otis Howard comes from historian Frank O’Reilly, who has called him “pious but vapid.” After the twin disasters that befell Howard’s Eleventh Corps at Chancellorsville and then, two months later, at Gettysburg, it’s always been … Continue reading

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Commemorating the Anniversary of Antietam

“America will never forget what your loved ones did for all of us,” President Trump told audience members attending a 9/11 commemoration ceremony at Flight 93 National Memorial last week. The official White House video of the event ended with … Continue reading

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The Lost Line at Rappahannock Station

I had the chance yesterday to explore the former Rappahannock Station battlefield, courtesy of my ECW colleague Rob Orrison. I drive through the battlefield all the time, but believe it or not, I’ve never even realized it. Rob generously took … Continue reading

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“Turning Points” on C-SPAN: Atkinson on Gettysburg/Vicksburg

We received word today from our friends at C-SPAN that the first segment from our Fifth Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge will air this weekend. Tune in to C-SPAN 3’s “American History TV” at 6:00 p.m. on … Continue reading

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Humidity in the Air

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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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