Author Archives: ECW Guest Post

A Virginia Boy

Emerging Civil War welcomes back Doug Crenshaw In June 1862, George McCall’s Division of the Union V Corps was stationed east of Beaver Dam Creek near Mechanicsville, Virginia.  It was there to guard the route to the Pamunkey River supply … Continue reading

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“A Time For Prayer And Sacrifice” – An Unpublished Account of the Pratt Street Riot, April 19, 1861

Emerging Civil War welcomes Jon-Erik M. Gilot When Sister Marie Therese Rainey, VHM, Order of the Visitation, passed away in January 2000, in Wheeling, West Virginia, she left a secret under her bed. Sister Marie had been living at Mount … Continue reading

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“We Have A Light”: Our Shared Lie About the Confederacy

Today, we welcome back guest author Sam Smith. “The Confederate Constitution was virtually identical to the original, except that it explicitly protected slavery.” This is one of the most common canards of Civil War history. I don’t know where this fiction … Continue reading

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The Turkish Grant

Emerging Civil War welcomes back Frank Jastrzembski In May 1897, the eminent Major General Nelson A. Miles departed from the United States to observe the Greek and Ottoman armies at war. The 57-year-old Miles was almost boyish in his enthusiasm … Continue reading

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William McKinley and Poland’s Riverside Cemetery

We welcome back to the blog guest Gordy Morgan. Mr. Morgan, a native of the Mahoning Valley in northeastern Ohio, was inspired by the recent ECW Weekender: William McKinley by blogger and author Dan Welch, also a native of the area. … Continue reading

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Battlefield Absolution: Father William Corby

Emerging Civil War welcomes back Michael Aubrecht In times of war, spirituality often counters tragic and catastrophic experiences. Many soldiers pray for both physical and spiritual healing as well as forgiveness for the actions they commit in the name of … Continue reading

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The Irascible William Lear

ECW welcomes back guest author Frank Jastrzembski Superintendent Sylvanus Thayer stressed the importance of conduct to young cadets studying at the U.S. Military Academy during his sixteen years in this position, emphasizing that they should not only become well-versed in the … Continue reading

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Confederate Generals and Racial Moderation

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Sean Chick When I volunteer at the Historic New Orleans Collection, I naturally prefer the room dealing with the Civil War and Reconstruction (a close second is the Battle of New … Continue reading

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Campfire Cooking: Campaign Diets & Not-So-Fine Dining

Emerging Civil War welcomes back Michael Aubrecht Despite being necessary for survival, food for the typical Civil War soldier was unreliable fare. Whether marching on campaign or hunkered down in winter quarters, a soldier’s dining habits were often dictated by what … Continue reading

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Modern Photography: Quiet Contradiction

ECW welcomes back guest author (and photographer!) Michael Aubrecht Battlefields are peculiar places. When you visit any hallowed grounds, everything is perfect. The grass is neatly trimmed and the marble markers are polished. The freshly painted cannons are all lined … Continue reading

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