Author Archives: Meg Groeling

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Weekly Whitman: Walt would have loved the Olympics

I barely made the deadline for this week because I was watching the Olympics. What is it with sports and America? I have no answer, but perhaps our Good Gray Poet does. Walt Whitman, the essential American, loved baseball. He … Continue reading

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The 11th New York Fire Zouaves: Seeing the Elephant, Part 2

The following excerpt is taken from Groeling’s forthcoming book First Fallen: The Life of Colonel Elmer Ellsworth, the North’s First Civil War Hero. It will be released by Savas Beatie and can be preordered here: https://www.savasbeatie.com/contact-us/ Colonel Elmer Ellsworth’s regiment … Continue reading

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The 11th New York Fire Zouaves: Seeing the Elephant, Part 1

The following excerpt is taken from Groeling’s forthcoming book First Fallen: The Life of Colonel Elmer Ellsworth, the North’s First Civil War Hero. It will be released by Savas Beatie and can be preordered here: https://www.savasbeatie.com/contact-us/ Colonel Elmer Ellsworth’s regiment … Continue reading

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Weekly Whitman: “A March in the Ranks Hard-prest, and the Road Unknown”

This particular poem—“A March in the Ranks Hard-prest, and the Road Unknown”—resonates with me because of the work I have done on First Bull Run and the old Sudley Church. Descriptions given by Arthur O’Neil Alcock, of the 11th New … Continue reading

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Weekly Whitman: “This Dust was Once the Man”

The four lines below are the last entry in Whitman’s Lincoln grouping. They are strangely sorrowful and hopeful at the same time. Although rarely published, it is a fitting tribute to the slain president. Whitman and Lincoln are forever connected … Continue reading

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Weekly Whitman: The 4th of July

All of us at ECW, and Walt Whitman, wish our readers a glorious 4th. “Pointing to another world will never stop vice among us; shedding light over this world can alone help us.” Walt Whitman

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Recruiting the Regiment: The 11th New York Fire Zouaves

A post-script to the recruitment blog series… “I want the New York firemen, for there are no more effective men in the country, and none with whom I can do so much. They are sleeping on a volcano at Washington, … Continue reading

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Weekly Whitman: “When Lilacs Last in the Door-Yard Bloom’d”

Emerging Civil War has featured “When Lilacs Last in the Door-yard Bloom’d” many times over our ten-year history. It is a favorite of many of our writers and has been printed several times already. It can be found here,  as … Continue reading

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Weekly Whitman: “O Captain! My Captain”

Once one of the most popular poems in America, schoolchildren were required to memorize “O Captain! My Captain” at least into the 1950s. When Walt Whitman wrote this poem, it was received quite well and is one of the few … Continue reading

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Weekly Whitman: Hush’d Be The Camps Today

Walt Whitman was temporarily consumed with the assassination of President Lincoln, whom he felt to be the embodiment of the Union values he held so dear. He knew first-hand that the Northern troops who had so recently ended a long … Continue reading

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