Author Archives: ECW Guest Post

Book Review: Be Free or Die: The Amazing Story of Robert Smalls, Escaped Slave Turned Union Hero

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Eric Sterner Be Free or Die: The Amazing Story of Robert Smalls, Escaped Slave Turned Union Hero.  New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2017 Lately, public discussions of Civil War memorials have … Continue reading

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Battlefield Markers & Monuments: Wisconsin Memorial at Vicksburg National Military Park

Emerging Civil War welcomes back Paige Gibbons-Backus Growing up in Wisconsin, I have always been interested in history, and while Wisconsin has some interesting Civil War history such as the Iron Brigade, “Old Abe,” and Camp Randall, it really was … Continue reading

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Battlefield Markers & Monuments: From Civil to World War – The Missouri State Memorial at Vicksburg National Military Park

Emerging Civil War welcomes back guest author Kristen M. Pawlak (Trout) On the northeast sector of Vicksburg National Military Park near the Stockade Redan, sits the Missouri State Memorial, the only memorial there that is dedicated to both Federal and Confederate … Continue reading

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Battlefield Markers & Monuments: Johnson Island & McPherson’s Grave

Emerging Civil War welcomes back Frank Jastrzembski to share about a recent trip and his musings on historical graveyard markers. My wife reluctantly agreed to go on another of my weekend cemetery hunts. Only a few weeks before, we had … Continue reading

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Clara Jones: A Civil War Nurse

Emerging Civil War welcomes guest author John Lustrea While only roughly 20% of all Civil War nurses were women, several notable women occupy a prominent place in our modern imagination when we think of Civil War nurses. Dorothea Dix, Clara … Continue reading

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The Origins of Fortress Washington

Emerging Civil War welcomes guest author Steve T. Phan By 1865, Washington D.C. was surrounded. On the high hills, long ridges, and flat plateaus that encircled the capital of the United States was an elaborate system of fortifications. Now, as … Continue reading

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A Civil War Soldier Reflects on the Comet of 1861

Emerging Civil War welcomes back guest author Jake Wynn “All who saw the comet last night witnessed an unusual celestial phenomenon,” wrote the Hartford Courant on the morning of July 1, 1861. “A comet, exceeding in brilliancy, size, and proximity … Continue reading

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Battle of Santa Rosa

Emerging Civil War welcomes guest author Caleb Pascoe In the predawn hours of October 9th, 1861, just over 1,000 Confederates on steamers and barges crossed Pensacola Bay, hoping to catch the Union troops stationed on Santa Rosa Island by surprise. … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Sherman Memorial

Our ECW Weekender today welcomes guest writer George Hettenhouse. George, of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, shares with us a recent trip through Ohio and a memorial to William T. Sherman. On a recent trip from North Caroline to Michigan, my … Continue reading

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They Fell On The Fields Of Antietam

Emerging Civil War welcomes back Kristen M. Pawlak (Trout) On the fields to the east of the small western-Maryland hamlet of Sharpsburg and interposed between the Potomac River and Antietam Creek, just under four thousand Federal and Rebel troops lay … Continue reading

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