Author Archives: ECW Guest Post

CWRT Congress: Seeking To Reverse The Trend

ECW welcomes Mike Movius! He is planning to share regular updates about The Congress and ideas for building enthusiasm. At one time there were hundreds of Civil War Round Table (CWRT) organizations around the world. They began as dinner clubs … Continue reading

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The Civil War Versions of “NUTS”!

Welcome back, JoAnna M. McDonald History does not quite repeat itself in the literal sense, but it does rhyme.   For example, cheeky responses to surrender demands are apparently a tradition in American military history (and in military history in general).  … Continue reading

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The Political Strategy Behind Thanksgiving 

ECW welcomes back JoAnna M. McDonald Whether you commend or condemn the actions of President Abraham Lincoln, he was an astute strategist.  He took every opportunity to achieve a political advantage over the Confederacy. This detail can be seen even … Continue reading

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Civil War Photo Sleuth Uses Facial Recognition Software to ID Portraits

By ECW Correspondent Joe Giglio A stroke of luck at a Civil War exhibit in Pittsburgh in 2013 allowed Kurt Luther to find a photo of his great-great-uncle Oliver Croxton. “It was an incredible moment,” recalls Luther. “First of all, … Continue reading

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Do We Still Care About the Civil War: Theodore P. Savas

The cover story of the newest issue of Civil War Times asks, “Do we still care about the Civil War?” ECW is pleased to partner with Civil War Times to extend the conversation here on the blog. Today, we are … Continue reading

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Lincoln Develops a More Modern Command System – Part 2: Frustration to Breakthrough

Emerging Civil War welcomes back JoAnna M. McDonald (This piece follows the introductory reminder of wars and republics and Part 1: Growing Pains) Thus far, in the first fourteen months, President Abraham Lincoln’s command systems had failed to generate success … Continue reading

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Lincoln Develops a More Modern Command System, Part 1: Growing Pains

Emerging Civil War welcomes back JoAnna M. McDonald (This piece follows the introductory reminder of wars and republics.) When you think of the Northern effort in winning the war, you probably picture Congress passing legislation that generated huge numbers of … Continue reading

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Winning Wars in a Republic

Emerging Civil War welcomes back JoAnna M. McDonald, and this short post “sets the stage” for a full discussion in the following days about Lincoln and his challenges with a republic at war. While the North and South had different … Continue reading

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A First Maine Artilleryman

Emerging Civil War welcomes Doug Ullman, Jr. James S. Emerson could not have been pleased with how his army career had ended in 1862.  Standing at five feet, six inches, he had been one of the early volunteers, enlisting in … Continue reading

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Tracking the Lost Silver of the Benjamin F. Hoxie

Emerging Civil War welcomes back guest author Neil P. Chatelain Throughout the Civil War, the Confederate navy’s commerce raiders captured hundreds of Union merchants. A major task of these raiders included efforts to intercept vessels shipping bullion, both gold and … Continue reading

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