Author Archives: Chris Mackowski

On Location: The Wade Hampton Monument in Charleston

I’m On Location for the last time on this trip to Charleston, South Carolina. I’ve stopped in Marion Square to pay a visit to the Wade Hampton monument, which faces East Bay Drive. I’ve stopped her before to muse on Hampton’s … Continue reading

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On Location: The Hunley Center

No Civil War trip to Charleston, South Carolina, is complete without a trip to see one of the most famous—and mysterious—stories of the entire war. It also represents one of the greatest conservation stories related to the war, as well. … Continue reading

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Robert Penn Warren’s Reflections on Jefferson Davis’s Citizenship

As I mentioned in a post a couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity recently to pick up Robert Penn Warren’s short 1980 book Jefferson Davis Gets His Citizenship Back. It’s beautifully written, and Warren’s ambivalence about his native South … Continue reading

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A(nother) Word on Behalf of Preservation from the Banks of the North Anna River

The battlefield along the North Anna River remains one of the most beautiful gems in Virginia. Had I not known better, though, a recent stop on the battlefield might have made me think the war had only recently swept through. … Continue reading

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On Location: Charleston’s Confederate Museum

Charleston’s downtown market is best known for its shops and vendors, but sitting atop the market’s western end is a treasure trove of Civil War history…

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On Location: Charleston’s Battery

It’s been a windy few days in Charleston, which you’ll be able to hear, but I wanted to bring you on location to one of my favorite spots in the city…. For more information…

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The Unexpected Monument

Much to my surprise, I recently ran into the battle of Bentonville—south of Fayetteville.

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Robert Penn Warren, Jefferson Davis, and the Construction of a Monument

In his 1980 essay “Jefferson Davis Gets His Citizenship Back,” first printed in The New Yorker and later published as a short book, Robert Penn Warren reflected on the construction of a monument to former Confederate President Jefferson Davis. That … Continue reading

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Tonight’s Sunset from Charleston

In Rob Wilson’s guest post this morning, Army of the Potomac Private George Augustus Marden asked to be delivered “from anymore Southern winters.” And with that in mind, I present this evening’s sunset from the Battery in Charleston, South Carolina—one of … Continue reading

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Paying My Respects to a “Bad, Old” Opponent

In Lynchburg, Virginia, for a speaking engagement, I have stopped by Jubal Early’s gravesite to pay my respects. It is grudging respect, to be sure—but I cannot deny he has been a formidable foe. Certainly, time has proven Jubal Early … Continue reading

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