Author Archives: Chris Mackowski

Review: On to Petersburg by Gordon Rhea

Back in September, I mentioned how excited I was about the arrival of Gordon Rhea’s book On to Petersburg: Grant and Lee, June 4-15, 1864. In October, my colleague Edward Alexander posted his thoughts about the book, situating it the … Continue reading

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Paying My Respects to Pap Thomas

As a Virginian who stayed loyal to the Union, perhaps it makes sense that George Thomas was laid to rest somewhere in the north. In that grand scheme of things, Troy, NY, seems as likely a place as anywhere. Troy … Continue reading

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Women’s History Month: A Retrospective

For more than two decades now, I’ve taken a special interest in Women’s History Month. Some people might consider that to be an unconventional choice for a guy, but as the father of a daughter, I felt a responsibility to … Continue reading

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A Postscript to a Conversation with Hallowed Ground‘s Mary Koik

(a postscript to a four-part series) As a follow-up to my interview with Hallowed Ground editor Mary Koik earlier this month, I asked her, “If a young woman wanted to get into Civil War-related publishing, as a writer or author, … Continue reading

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A Conversation with CVBT’s Elizabeth Heffernan (part three)

(part three of three) To commemorate Women’s History Month, we’ve been talking with women who work in the field of Civil War public history. Today, we wrap up our series by wrapping up our conversation with Elizabeth Heffernan, the new … Continue reading

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A Conversation with CVBT’s Elizabeth Heffernan (part two)

(part two of three) We’re talking this week with Elizabeth Heffernan, the new executive director of the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust (CVBT). Yesterday, Elizabeth shared an overview of the organization. Today, she talks a bit about the road that brought … Continue reading

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A Conversation with CVBT’s Elizabeth Heffernan (part one)

(part one of three) For Women’s History Month, we’ve been talking with several women who work in Civil War public history. This week, we’re pleased to chat with Elizabeth Heffernan, the new executive director of the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust … Continue reading

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A Conversation with Emma Murphy (part five)

(part five of five) For Women’s History Month, we’ve been talking with women who work in Civil War public history. This week, we’ve been sharing a conversation with Emma Murphy, park guide at Andrew Johnson National Historic Site. While earning … Continue reading

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A Conversation with Emma Murphy (part four)

(part four of five) Emma Murphy is a park guide at Andrew Johnson National Historic Site. In yesterday’s segment of our interview with Emma, she discussed the philosophical battle Johnson engaged in with Radical Republicans in Congress in the wake … Continue reading

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The Furnace Has Gone Cold

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