Author Archives: Chris Mackowski

Sheldon Appleby Among the Archives

I have known Sheldon Appleby, my great-great-great grandfather, only through his handwriting—and only that through a single letter handwritten from February 1863, and only that through a photocopy of a photocopy. The great aunt who’d given me a copy of … Continue reading

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ECW5: Happy 5th Anniversary, ECW

So, as you probably heard, ECW had an anniversary this month. The big “5”! I know, I know, we weren’t too shy about sharing the news. After all, it was a pretty big deal for us, and we were pretty … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: The National Portrait Gallery

While Washington, D.C. is awash in Civil War sites and monuments, one place you might not think to add to your list—but is definitely worth a stop—is the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery and American Art Museum. Located on 8th and … Continue reading

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ECW5: “Not too bad for three idiots sitting on a porch.”

The following article originally appeared in the July 2016 issue of Civil War News and appears with the kind permission of editor Jack Melton. The caretaker’s cottage at the Stonewall Jackson Shrine sits behind a tall row of boxwood that obscures … Continue reading

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“And now I am going to tell you what I think about soldiering”

From my ancestor, Sheldon S. Appleby—the letter that began my hunt earlier this week for information about a Civil War ancestor I didn’t know I had. Suffolk, V.A. Feb. 6th 1863 Dear Father and Mother,

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Finding Sheldon Appleby

I know Sheldon and Mary Appleby only through their handwriting and by their daughter, Nell—my great-great-grandmother, “Grandma Nellie,” whom I know, in turn, only by name. The handwriting I know Sheldon by isn’t even his own—not really, anyway. Rather, it’s a … Continue reading

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The Future of Civil War History: An Interview with Dana Shoaf (part five)

part five of five In part four of my conversation with Civil War Times editor Dana Shoaf, he and I talked about the value of his magazine—or any magazine—as a forum with both wide reach and widely recognized legitimacy. But … Continue reading

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The Future of Civil War History: An Interview with Dana Shoaf (part four)

part four of five We have been talking this week with Civil War Times editor Dana Shoaf about “The Future of Civil War History.” In yesterday’s segment, Dana and I talked about the use of military history as a way … Continue reading

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The Future of Civil War History: An Interview with Dana Shoaf (part three)

part three of five In our conversation yesterday, Dana Shoaf—editor of Civil War Times—expressed some of his concerns about the disconnect between academic historians and the general public. “It almost sometimes feels like some academics—this is a really general statement—would … Continue reading

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The Future of Civil War History: An Interview with Dana Shoaf (part two)

part two of five We continue today our conversation with Civil War Times editor Dana Shoaf on “The Future of Civil War History.” Dana and I spoke at the very beginning of June. Yesterday, during the first part of our … Continue reading

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