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Perceptions of Emancipation in Gettysburg, Part Three

ECW welcomes back guest author Jon Tracey The conclusion of a series (Part One, Part Two) As seen in Part One and Part Two, Gettysburg was a border town caught directly in the midst of national debates on emancipation during … Continue reading

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Perceptions of Emancipation in Gettysburg, Part Two

ECW welcomes back guest author Jon Tracey Part Two of a series (Part One) As noted in Part One, Gettysburg was a deeply divided community on the topic of emancipation. Early in the war, support of the controversial topic and … Continue reading

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Who Tended to the Dying Arthur MacArthur?

ECW welcomes guest author Charlie Knight In his last few moments of life, Lt. Gen. Arthur MacArthur recounted the Atlanta Campaign in front of dozens of veterans of his former regiment, the 24th Wisconsin Infantry. Just as he began to … Continue reading

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Perceptions of Emancipation in Gettysburg, Part One

ECW welcomes back guest author Jon Tracey Part One of a series Before the small town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania was a battlefield, it was simply a small town in south-central Pennsylvania within Adams County. A mere 7.5 miles from the … Continue reading

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“Where Death Began”: Tragedy and Memory at the Allegheny Arsenal

ECW welcomes guest author Rich Condon In the early afternoon hours of September 17, 1862, Joseph R. Frick, a local wagon driver, made his final rounds delivering three 100lb. barrels of gunpowder to the main laboratory of Allegheny Arsenal in … Continue reading

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John A. Dix, Troubleshooter

ECW welcomes back guest author Leon Reed A single patriotic envelope with an enigmatic message led me to the story of one of the Civil War’s more interesting figures. John A. Dix was a New York politician and businessman who … Continue reading

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The Civilian Conservation Corps at Droop Mountain

ECW welcomes back guest author Jon Tracey The Civilian Conservation Corps was one of President Franklin Roosevelt’s earliest programs to alleviate the hardship of the Great Depression. During its operation from 1933 to 1942, the Corps put over two and … Continue reading

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Patriotic Covers and Northern Attitudes about Slavery

ECW welcomes back guest author Leon Reed Patriotic envelopes (also known as covers) provide important insights into public opinion in the Civil War. These envelopes were made for profit by commercial printers, who would have carefully tracked what was selling … Continue reading

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Layers of History at Oak Ridge

ECW welcomes guest author Jon Tracey When modern visitors come to Gettysburg National Military Park they often imagine the landscape as an untouched image of exactly how the battlefield appeared in July 1863. However, despite this ideal, the landscape has … Continue reading

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Mountain Memorials: The Shelton Graves on the Appalachian Trail

ECW welcomes back guest author Michael Singleton To a hiker on the Appalachian Trail, the cluster of headstones on Big Butt Mountain are a scene out of place to the famous footpath. Known as the “Shelton Graves”, this site along … Continue reading

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