Author Archives: ECW Guest Post

“General Magruder, why did you attack?”

Today, we’re pleased to welcome guest author Doug Crenshaw. Doug, a volunteer with Richmond National Battlefield, is at work on books for the Emerging Civil War Series about the Peninsula Campaign and the Seven Days’ Battles. On July 1, 1862, … Continue reading

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The Affable Archie Botts

Emerging Civil War is pleased to welcome guest author Frank Jastrzembski Nestled in the Shockoe Hill Cemetery of Richmond, Virginia, is a discolored marker with a heartfelt epitaph that reads: Sacred to the memory of Lieut. Archibald B. Botts of … Continue reading

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Indemnity in Black and White: A Look At Post-War Restitution

Emerging Civil War is pleased to welcome back guest author Michael Aubrecht Many of the churches involved in the Battle of Fredericksburg submitted itemized claims to the court of the United States government as a petition to recover the cost … Continue reading

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1860’s Politics: The Ohio Election that “Saved the Union”

Emerging Civil War is pleased to welcome guest author David T. Dixon The current presidential contest reminds us that politics is indeed a blood sport. Those expressing regret that negative campaign ads and nasty election rhetoric are unfortunate indicators of … Continue reading

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The Awkward Meeting of Richard Taylor, Edward Canby and Peter Osterhaus

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Sean Michael Chick In considering the ways Americans have debated the American Civil War, its meaning and influence, one particular illustrative episode can be found in Richard Taylor’s eloquent memoir Destruction … Continue reading

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September 13, 1862: A Foreshadowing of J.E.B. Stuart’s Gettysburg Failure?

Emerging Civil War is pleased to welcome guest author Alexander B. Rossino Major General James Ewell Brown (Jeb) Stuart has been justly criticized for his role in allowing the fateful clash at Gettysburg to occur when neither General Robert E. … Continue reading

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Mexican-American War 170th: Mexico In The Years Leading Up To The Mexican War (Part 1)

Emerging Civil War is pleased to welcome guest author Ben Allen The origins of the Mexican War go way, way back—farther than most Anglo historians have allowed. Such an expansive timeframe is the best way to understand the political machinations … Continue reading

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Baseball In The Blue And Gray (Part 2)

Emerging Civil War welcomes guest author Michael Aubrecht for Part 2 of his article. (You can find Part 1 here.) It has been disputed for decades whether Union General Abner Doubleday was in fact the “father of the modern game.” … Continue reading

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Baseball In The Blue And Gray (Part 1)

Emerging Civil War is pleased to welcome back guest author Michael Aubrecht It is considered America’s National Pastime, but far more than just a mere sporting event, baseball has become a major part of the American consciousness. During war, following … Continue reading

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Charge On: Re-examining Civil War Cavalry Tactics

Emerging Civil War is pleased to welcome guest author Bill Backus A popular misconception of the American Civil War is the view that mounted charges against infantry were an outdated tactic. The image of charges being ordered by out-of-touch generals … Continue reading

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