Author Archives: Chris Mackowski

A Word on Behalf of Preservation from the Banks of the North Anna

On the evening of May 26, the Army of the Potomac pulled away from the North Anna River. With a feint to the west, the army juked back east and swung across the Pamunkey toward the Totopotomoy. Before we leave … Continue reading

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The North Anna River, Today

The day was quiet and the water high along the North Anna River today. One hundred and fifty two years ago, Winfield Scott Hancock’s II Corps was coming to grief as it tried to advance down the Telegraph Road and … Continue reading

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Thomas Nast from the North Anna River: “On to Richmond”

One of my favorite images of the Civil War comes from the June 18, 1864 issue of Harper’s Weekly. The image, by Thomas Nast, is titled “The Campaign in Virginia—“On to Richmond!” and it accompanied the paper’s coverage of the … Continue reading

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Confederate Heritage: “Heaven Knows, a Hard Topic to Discuss.”

Later today, I’ll visit with my friends at the North Carolina Civil War Roundtable. Rather than a traditional program on some aspect of the war, they’ve asked me to follow up on some comments I made after Lee-Jackson Day in Lexington, … Continue reading

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An Interview with Pulitzer Finalist Brian Matthew Jordan (part three)

part three of three We’ve been talking with ECW’s Brian Matthew Jordan, whose book Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War was chosen as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in History last month. In the final part of my … Continue reading

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Have a Voice in Building the Bristoe Battlefield

If the modern preservation movement has taught us anything, it’s that we understand our history less well than we think we do. If we really understood the action at Fredericksburg, for instance, the Slaughter Pen Farm would have been included … Continue reading

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An Interview with Pulitzer Finalist Brian Matthew Jordan (part two)

part two of three In April, ECW’s Brian Matthew Jordan received the news that his book, Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War, was selected as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in history. Last week, I posted the first … Continue reading

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A Little Wedding, A Little History

We’re getting ready for a wedding this afternoon here at Stevenson Ridge. Teal, peach, and off-white pom-poms festoon the fireplace in the chapel, and spider-thin curly-que candelabras, also teal, sit at the center of each table. A sign in the … Continue reading

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The Civil War in Fairfax County

I mentioned on Thursday that I was going to be speaking that evening to the Bull Run Civil War Roundtable in Centreville, Virginia. I have a quick follow-up that I think will be of interest to hardcore Civil War buffs. On … Continue reading

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Scenes from Spotsy on May 12

Dawn came with a misty drizzle over Spotsylvania today. 152 years ago, day broke with similar weather, a “chill, misty, first early dawn.” The night’s rain had eased for a bit, and the fog had begun to dissipate. The rain … Continue reading

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