Author Archives: Daniel Welch

About Daniel Welch

I am currently a primary and secondary educator with a public school district in northeast Ohio. Previously, I was the Education Programs Coordinator for the Gettysburg Foundation, the non-profit partner of Gettysburg National Military Park, and have been a seasonal Park Ranger at Gettysburg National Military Park for seven years. During that time, I have given numerous programs on the campaign and battle for school groups, families, and visitors of all ages. I received his BA in Instrumental Music Education from Youngstown State University where he studied under the famed French Hornist William Slocum, and am currently finishing his MA in Military History with a Civil War Era concentration at American Military University. I have also studied under the tutelage of Dr. Allen C. Guelzo as part of the Gettysburg Semester at Gettysburg College. I reside with my wife, Sarah, in Boardman, Ohio.

Why I “Do” History

About a month ago a friend of mine pointed me to an entry-level priced CDV of a veteran of the 100th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, my ancestor’s unit. I have spent quite a bit of time contemplating whether or not I … Continue reading

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Modern Photography: The Storm Was Already Here

The historiography of the American Civil War, particularly the numerous events that led to its outbreak and its opening scenes have been described in myriad ways over the past 150 years. A common description used time and again compared those … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: William McKinley

As President’s Day weekend is upon us, it would be altogether fitting and proper to have an ECW Weekender post related to the holiday.

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Civil War Trust Announces Two Big Successes!

This past week, the Civil War Trust announced two preservation victories. Their first announcement was an update on the expansion of Petersburg National Battlefield.

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ECW Adds Preservation Updates to Blog

Preserving the sacred places where the American Civil War was fought is a priority for both our authors and readers.

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Discovering Your Civil War Past: V

Welcome back to our much-delayed next installment of this interactive blog series on researching your Civil War ancestor or individual soldiers of interest.

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Gettysburg: How Did They Get Here?

As I sit to compose this post, the importance of this day to Gettysburg history is not lost on me. My fingers quickly produce a cadenced clicking on the keys below them. My view beyond the screen of my laptop … Continue reading

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June 29-30, 1863

June 29 – 30, 1863 “My main point being to find and fight the enemy.” – George G. Meade Twenty-four hours into his command, General Meade showed no signs of hesitation and continued to push his army hard to bridge … Continue reading

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Discovering Your Civil War Past: Part IV

Welcome back to our next installment of this exciting, interactive blog series on discovering your Civil War ancestry or how to better research individual soldiers from both the Union and Confederate armies.  By now I hope you have had an … Continue reading

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Discovering Your Civil War Past: Part III

Today we return to our on-going, interactive blog series of researching your ancestor’s Civil War experience.

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