Author Archives: Chris Mackowski

Reading and Re-Reading Some Civil War Fiction

I recently reviewed Ralph Peters’ newest Civil War novel, Darkness at Chancellorsville, for Civil War Monitor (you can read that review here). It was an enjoyable read by an author with a gift for capturing the essence of a character … Continue reading

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Cold Furnace

It snowed today in central Virginia, so I took a few minutes away from my desk to enjoy some time on the Chancellorsville battlefield. What a beautiful day!

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Maine at War December 2019

Here’s what our friend Brian Swartz was up to in December at his blog, Maine at War:

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Sam Watkins on the Romney Campaign

While Sam Watkins is best known as one of the most readable chroniclers of the war in the Western Theater, most folks forget his unit served with Stonewall Jackson during the last months of 1861 and into 1862. In the … Continue reading

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The New Year, 1863 and 1865

“A new year dawns…” wrote John Haley, a private in the 17th Maine, on January 1, 1865: Hope and fear mingle—hope the war will soon end; fear that however soon it ends, I might not live to see it. These … Continue reading

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December 2019 ECW Newsletter

Happy holidays and ho, ho, ho! ECW’s December 2019 newsletter is now available. If you didn’t get it yet, you can find it here. In this issue:

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Site Maintenance at ECW

Just a heads up that we’re doing some site maintenance. Things on the front-end should be okay, but if you experience any glitches, we apologize. We’ve had some trouble with our subscribers list the past few days, so we’re trying … Continue reading

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Filling in the Back Issues

I recently helped my university, St. Bonaventure, acquire a huge collection of back issues of Civil War News. “We have a strong interest in public history in Bonaventure’s history program, and Civil War News is an excellent example of that … Continue reading

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Sketch of the Siege of Fredericksburg

View of Fredericksburg from Falmouth, VA, on the north bank of the Rappahannock River.  

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Opening the Mine Run Campaign at Germanna Ford and Creating a History of Our Own

Everything was brown: the barren trees, the fallen leaves, the river itself as it pushed between the high banks on either side. Even the crushed gravel of the path was somehow brown as it wound down the hillside from the … Continue reading

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