Author Archives: ECW Guest Post

The Grand Opening of the Resaca Battlefield Historic Site

Today, we’re pleased to get a “man in the field” report from guest poster Michael K. Shaffer of Civil War Historian, who attended Friday’s grand opening of the new battlefield park at Resaca, Georgia. He sent us this dispatch. Gathering … Continue reading

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It’s Smarter to Be Lucky: Finding Gun No. 2

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Kevin Pawlak We all react to cannons on a Civil War battlefield differently.  Some people climb on them, others simply look at them, while others—like my friends and I—take pictures of … Continue reading

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A Review of Liddell’s Record

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Sean Michael Chick Some of my favorite works of history and literature are military memoirs. Every few months I read some of the classics: Storm of Steel, Sagittarius Rising, A Rumor … Continue reading

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Returning Yell for Yell: The Rebel Yell’s Antebellum Origins

Today, we are pleased to welcome guest author Matthew Guillen. The Rebel Yell was much romanticized during and after the war. Despite the popular belief in the Yell’s death with the death of the Confederacy, it also enjoyed wide currency … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Fort Pickens

Today, we are pleased to welcome guest author Sean Chick I took a trip down to Pensacola with my girlfriend two weeks ago, intent on checking out the beach before it became crowded. I also wanted to look at some … Continue reading

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The Falling Out Between John McClernand and Ulysses S. Grant

Today, we are pleased to welcome guest author Sean Chick Butler, Banks, Sigel, McClernand. These are just the most infamous of the “political generals” of the American Civil War. The four named here are usually considered military incompetents, their victories … Continue reading

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An Honorable Beginning

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Dwight Hughes April 13, 1861—the broad, brown Mississippi flood tugged at United States mail steamer Bienville as she lay alongside a New Orleans levee preparing to sail the next morning with … Continue reading

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“On Many a Bloody Field”: The Forgotten Story of Daniel Davidson Bidwell

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Kevin Pawlak When I first became interested in the American Civil War at the age of 9, I was living in a small town in western New York sandwiched halfway between … Continue reading

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A Review of Mercy Street: The Miniseries That Could Have Been Worse

Today we’re pleased to welcome guest author Paige Gibbons Backus, the Historic Site Manager for Ben Lomond Historic Site, a Civil War hospital museum located in Manassas, Virginia. The Civil War is arguably one of the most studied subjects in American history. … Continue reading

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“The General Result Was In Our Favor”: The Army of Potomac’s Victory at Antietam

Today, we are pleased to welcome guest author Kevin Pawlak Fortunately, for the sake of debate, the outcome of Civil War battles is not as clear-cut as that of a football game, where one can look at the scoreboard at … Continue reading

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