Author Archives: Meg Groeling

About Meg Groeling

CW Historian

What Historians Really Do–Part 1

Elmer Ellsworth. This is the man who has been the focus of my intellectual life for over ten years, although there were times earlier that he was certainly in my sights. Who knows exactly why one person, one battle, one … Continue reading

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The Twilight’s Last Gleaming: Fireworks & Grand Illuminations

Reprinted from July 2, 2012: The day will be most memorable in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival . . . It ought to … Continue reading

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The Future of Civil War History: Meg Groeling

The society and culture that produced the Civil War is nowhere near as simple as military history would have one believe. To cling to these cherished simplicities–battle, campaign, and commander analysis alone–is to do little more than brush the surface … Continue reading

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Elmer Ellsworth was NOT a Derp!!! (Well, maybe a little bit of a Derp . . . but he’s my Derp!)

As I grind through sourcing First Fallen this summer, which is insanely frustrating at times, I had to decide just what I could go dig into myself and what I might–yes–here it comes . . . need to hire a … Continue reading

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Happy Father’s Day

Many of our writers at ECW are also fathers. Our love and support goes out to them today (and every day) as they toil to tell the stories of other fathers, other children, other times.

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Memorialized in Glass

While doing some research for another topic entirely, I came across a piece of glass that is, frankly, amazing. It is a demi-lune presentation, and can be found in the Soldiers, Sailors, and Pioneers Monument in Hamilton, Butler County, Ohio, … Continue reading

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Hardtack & Matzah

My Spring Break starts today. It isn’t politically correct to say “Easter” any more, so “Spring” will have to suffice. I thought a short column on Easter and the Civil War might be interesting, but it turns out Easter was … Continue reading

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Bad Hats: A Look at CNN’s Take on the Election of 1860

I could hardly wait for it! One of my favorite historical happenings was getting its own hour in prime time on CNN’s The Race To the White House, and I thought, “About time, too!” There is simply no more interesting, … Continue reading

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Mercy Street–Another Review

Because I’m doing my master’s thesis on a topic related to Civil War medicine, I was asked to review this PBS series, but just could not find the time to do so until now. I sometimes had to binge-watch a … Continue reading

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Another Mighty Scourge: Weather and the War

It seems there is no end to the snowy weather in the East. Several years ago (2013-14?) it was pretty snowy as well. ECW published the following article then, and it seems appropriate to shovel it out from beneath the drifts … Continue reading

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