Author Archives: Chris Mackowski

Traces of the Bloody Struggle: The Civil War at Stevenson Ridge, Spotsylvania Court House

In my capacity as the historian-in-residence at Stevenson Ridge, one of my projects this summer has been to compile some information about the property’s role during the Civil War. Many of our guests are interested in the Civil War, and … Continue reading

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The Future of Civil War History: A Look Ahead and a Recap

In June, we riffed on the topic of “The Future of Civil War History,” inspired by that month’s issue of the journal Civil War History. As part of the series, we promised you a conversation with Civil War Times editor … Continue reading

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Recruiting a Regiment: Thomas G. Stevenson and the 24th Massachusetts

As one of the ranking officers with the New England Guard, a prewar militia group based in Boston, Thomas Greeley Stevenson felt primed for leadership when the Civil War broke out. Answering the call to arms, he and a close … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Stonewall (sort of)

Happy 155th birthday to Stonewall Jackson, who was born on this day in 1861. Of course, Thomas Jonathan Jackson was born on January 21, 1824, in Clarksburg, Virginia (now West Virginia). But it was on this day 155 years ago … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: 2nd S.C. String Band

I love the 2nd South Carolina String Band, and you should, too!

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Confederate Heritage: Getting it Wrong on Independence Day Weekend

I generally try to be empathetic about Confederate heritage issues, but a lot of times, hardcore neo-Confederates make it hard for me. For every reasonable voice I hear, I run into a guy like this one: a lone flag bearer … Continue reading

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Review: “Texans at Gettysburg” by Joe Owen and Randy Drais

In an army full of storied units, the Texas Brigade certainly stands among the tallest. Their hard work during the Seven Days set a tone they carried with them like the Lone Star through the rest of the war. Their … Continue reading

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July 1, 1884: Grant’s “New Disaster of Shiloh”

On July 1, 1884, editors of Century Magazine received a much-anticipated envelope from former president Ulysses S. Grant. Grant had agreed to write four articles for the magazine about his wartime experiences, which would kick off an upcoming series of … Continue reading

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The Future of Civil War History: Chris Mackowski

The stereotypical newsroom once looked something like this: A haze of blue smoke hangs just under the florescent tube lights hanging from the ceiling of a wide open room filled with desks piled high with stacks of paper. Reporters with … Continue reading

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The Last Road North

The Last Road North was a long one. The latest book in the Emerging Civil War Series appeared on my porch this week: The Last Road North: A Guide to the Gettysburg Campaign, 1863 by Rob Orrison and Dan Welch. … Continue reading

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