Author Archives: ECW Guest Post

Michigan’s Spartans Go to War: The Class of 1861

ECW welcomes back guest author Adam Burke In 1855 the state of Michigan established the State Agricultural College in Lansing, MI. Today the institution is known as Michigan State University and boasts a beautiful and well landscaped 5,000 acre campus, … Continue reading

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America’s First Air Force: Union Aeronauts and McClellan’s Peninsula Campaign, Part Four – Davis, Lee, and Longstreet Were Standing in a Field

ECW welcomes back guest author Jeff Ballard Read Part One, Part Two, and Part Three. Serving as an airborne sentry was the first, and perhaps the most obvious role of the balloon on the battlefield and Lowe’s balloons gave McClellan … Continue reading

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America’s First Air Force: Union Aeronauts and McClellan’s Peninsula Campaign, Part Three – Gaines’ Farm Station

ECW welcomes back guest author Jeff Ballard Read Part One and Part Two. The final week of May 1862 denoted the high-water mark of McClellan’s Peninsula Campaign as five corps of the Army of the Potomac partially encircled Richmond. By … Continue reading

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America’s First Air Force: Union Aeronauts and McClellan’s Peninsula Campaign Part Two – A Novel Contraption

ECW welcomes back guest author Jeff Ballard Read Part One. With the bombardment of Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861, “numerous balloon enthusiasts hurried to Washington D.C. and besieged the War Department with various proposals for achieving victory by use … Continue reading

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America’s First Air Force: Union Aeronauts and McClellan’s Peninsula Campaign Part One – Maker of Water

ECW welcomes guest author Jeff Ballard On the last day of May 1862, Lieutenant E. Walter West, U.S. Army, peered through his field glasses and noted Confederate infantry preparing to attack the Union position straddling the Richmond & York Railroad … Continue reading

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The (Limited) Destruction of Atlanta

Emerging Civil War is pleased to welcome W. Todd Groce, Ph.D., president and C.E.O. of the Georgia Historical Society, based in Savannah. Todd was kind enough to share with us a little treasure from the GHS’s incredible collection. This morning … Continue reading

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Blasting His Way into the History Books: Assessing the Role of Cdr. Hunter Davidson

ECW welcomes back guest author John M. Coski At 2:00 a.m. on April 9, 1864, the small, steam-driven boat Squib, commanded by Confederate Navy Lieutenant Hunter Davidson, exploded a 53-pound spar torpedo against the hull of the U.S. steam frigate … Continue reading

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Fallen, but not Forgotten: Sgt. John Grinnell, Co. E, 38th USCI

ECW is pleased to welcome back Tim Talbott, founding member and President of the Battle of New Market Heights Memorial and Education Association. In the Border States of Maryland, Delaware, Kentucky, and Missouri the process of emancipation and enlisting formerly … Continue reading

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The Reaper Man and the Meeting at Philippi – a Civil War Era Church Battle Turns into a Confrontation over Slavery and Union

ECW welcomes back guest author Max Longley Cyrus McCormick was famous as the inventor of a mechanical reaper which made grain-harvesting ten times more efficient. After McCormick’s reaper became profitable, he moved to Chicago to better supervise his reaper business … Continue reading

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Baseball: The Confederacy’s “National Pastime”

ECW welcomes back guest author Bruce Allardice Baseball has often been termed America’s “National Pastime.” But the game was the Confederacy’s “National Pastime” as well. The hoary myth that Confederate soldiers learned the game from their northern counterparts needs to … Continue reading

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