Author Archives: Chris Mackowski

The Battle of McDowell

I can hardly imagine the boom of cannons echoing off the mountains. Stonewall Jackson had perched atop the peaks southeast of town and dared Federal forces under Robert Milroy to attack him. Milroy, fanned across the valley below, gave it … Continue reading

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A Video Tour of Longstreet’s Wounding

Today, May 6, was the anniversary of James Longstreet’s accidental wounding—at the hands of his own men—during the battle of the Wilderness. I took the time today to walk the ground. Join me in this video tour from the ECW … Continue reading

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The Battle of Bank’s Ford and a Preview of Gettysburg

May 4, 1863, might have been one of the most frustrating days of the war for Robert E. Lee—no small bar considering some of his other frustrating days. But with the Federal Sixth Corps pinned against the Rappahannock River after … Continue reading

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A Video Tour of Jackson’s Flank March

I had initially planned to hike the route of Jackson’s flank march today (May 2) to commemorate its 157th anniversary. I ended up taking my camera instead so that I could–at least virtually–take you on the flank march route with … Continue reading

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Chancellorsville, May 1

157 years ago today, the battle of Chancellorsville opened up. I always like to take a moment to spend some time thinking about the battle that happened—literally—in my front yard. Check out the ECW YouTube page for more Day One … Continue reading

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BookChat with Zachery Fry, author of A Republic in the Ranks

I was pleased to spend some time recently with a new book by historian Zachery Fry, assistant professor of military history at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. Dr. Frey is the author of A Republic in the … Continue reading

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The Unlikely Sultana Monument

April 27 marks the anniversary of the explosion of the riverboat Sultana, which blew up on this date in 1865 near Memphis, TN. Overloaded with more than 2,100 passengers—most of them paroled Union prisoners—she went down when three of her … Continue reading

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A Conversation with Garry Adelman (conclusion)

part six of a six-part series I’ve been talking this week with Garry Adelman, chief historian at the American Battlefield Trust. Garry wears many other hats, though, including Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg and co-founder of the Center for Civil … Continue reading

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A Conversation with Garry Adelman (part five)

part five of a six-part series I’m speaking this week with Garry Adelman, chief historian at the American Battlefield Trust. In that role, Garry maintains a very high-profile presence, but he makes a real effort to protect his family’s privacy. … Continue reading

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A Conversation with Garry Adelman (part four)

part four of a six-part series I’m talking this week with my friend Garry Adelman, the chief historian at the American Battlefield Trust. In the first segments of our conversation, Garry traced his winding professional path, following his passion. We … Continue reading

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