Author Archives: Chris Mackowski

Ulysses S. Grant and “The Babies”

My wife recently sent to me a photo of our six-month-old son with his foot in his mouth. That’s a feat I, in adulthood, occasionally still pull off, although in a less envious way and with more embarrassment. However, for … Continue reading

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Statues of Stonewall: Charlottesville 2017

Perhaps you remember this image from my “Statues of StonewallStatues of Stonewall” series: the Stonewall Jackson monument in Charlottesville, Virginia. On August 12, a white supremacist rally in the city—organized to protest the removal of a statue of Robert E. … Continue reading

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On to On to Petersburg!

I don’t know about you, but for years, I have been anxiously awaiting the completion in Gordon Rhea’s epic study of the Overland Campaign. Knowing that the release of the final chapter was pending, I have been ridiculously excited for … Continue reading

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“Remembering 9/11 and the Lesson of Antietam”

It has become my custom on 9/11 to think back to a different day during a different September when America suffered an even more catastrophic loss of life. As I first explained in 2012, the events of Sept. 11, 2001 and Sept. … Continue reading

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“Brains” on the Battlefield

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Outraged about “media bias”? Read a Civil War newspaper.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve heard a lot of people complaining online in recent months about media bias. Regardless of whether they’re on the political left, right, or middle, I hear from so many people convinced that the … Continue reading

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A Conversation with Dave Roth (part five)

(The final part of a five-part series) “I have a couple more favorite issues I can share if you’d like,” Dave Roth said when I wrapped up yesterday’s segment of my interview with the editor and publisher of Blue & … Continue reading

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A Conversation with Dave Roth (part four)

(part four in a five-part series) I’ve been talking this week with Dave Roth of Blue & Gray Magazine. After a 34-year career as editor and publisher, Dave wrapped up the magazine’s run this past spring. Earlier this month, Emerging … Continue reading

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A Conversation with Dave Roth (part three)

(part three in a five-part series) I’ve been talking this week with Blue & Gray Magazine editor Dave Roth, the recipient of this year’s Emerging Civil War Award for Service in Civil War Public History. Yesterday, he shared a few … Continue reading

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A Conversation with Dave Roth (part two)

(part two in a five-part series) I’m talking this week with Dave Roth, editor and publisher of Blue & Gray Magazine and recipient of this year’s Emerging Civil War Award for Service in Public History. Yesterday, Dave explained how he, … Continue reading

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