Author Archives: ECW Guest Post

“Give it to ‘em:” Cleburne at Ringgold Gap

ECW welcomes back guest author Ed Lowe “No satisfactory excuse can possibly be given for the shameful conduct of our troops on the left in allowing their line to be penetrated,” lamented Confederate Army of Tennessee commander General Braxton Bragg … Continue reading

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The Assault on Private Berry Brown: Civilian Violence Against The USCT

ECW welcomes guest author Hugh Goffinet During the War of the Slaveholder’s Rebellion, thousands of regiments served both sides of this defining conflict in United States history. Enthusiasts often remember more famous combat units such as the 20th Maine, 1st … Continue reading

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The 26th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry: A Baptism of Fire and Brimstone at Fredericksburg Part 2

ECW welcomes back guest author David Steinert (See Part I here) Sunday afternoon December 7, was cold and the soldiers of the 26th NJV gathered around a campfire to get warm and to hear their Chaplain, David T. Morrill preach. … Continue reading

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The 26th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry: A Baptism of Fire and Brimstone at Fredericksburg Part I

ECW welcomes guest author David Steinert As the sun set over the city of Fredericksburg, Virginia on the evening of 13 December 1862, the Chaplain of the 26th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry, Reverend David Tilton Morrill wrote to the Newark … Continue reading

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A Civil War Hero’s Tennessee Ties

ECW welcomes back guest author Gregory L. Wade The career of General Douglas McArthur is well known, especially for those of the World War II generation.  But few know of the amazing Civil War connections this iconic family has with … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: A New Theater Musical Reviewed:American Prophet: Frederick Douglass in His Own Words

Emerging Civil War welcomes back guest author Doug Ullman, Jr. Despite being one of the most important periods in American History, the Civil War has not yet inspired a truly great Broadway musical. There have been attempts, to be sure, … Continue reading

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The Origin of Joshua Chamberlain’s Mustache

ECW welcomes back guest author Evan Portman Every Civil War buff, young and old, recognizes the iconic mustache of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain. It has become almost as legendary as the man himself. Chamberlain’s key role in The Killer Angels and … Continue reading

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“Everything seemed ablaze around me”: Albert Baur and the 102nd New York at the Battle of Cedar Mountain

ECW welcomes back guest author Douglas Ullman, Jr. Fifty-three year-old Albert Baur was not going to be able to attend the 1892 reunion of his regiment. The gathering of veterans of the 102nd New York, was set to occur at … Continue reading

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Book Review: General John A. Rawlins: No Ordinary Man

Reviewed by Zachery A. Fry Allen Ottens has produced a gripping and illuminating biography of Ulysses Grant’s right-hand man and fellow Galena, Illinois native John Rawlins. Ottens draws from an extensive source base to offer a wide-ranging view of his … Continue reading

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USCT, USCI, USCC, etc.: What Do All Those Letters Mean?

Emerging Civil War is pleased to welcome back Tim Talbott On May 22, 1863, the United States War Department issued General Order 143, creating the Bureau of Colored Troops. Article VI of the order states: “Colored troops may be accepted … Continue reading

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