Author Archives: Chris Mackowski

Check Out Dave Powell’s Chickamauga Blog

As you might know, ECW’s Dave Powell has a well-respected blog of his own, Chickamauga Blog. The main focus of the blog, as you might imagine, covers the events and characters associated with the September 1863 battle of Chickamauga. However, the … Continue reading

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“Never Forget”—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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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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