Author Archives: Jon-Erik Gilot

Communing with the Past: An Interview with Gary Milligan

Gary Milligan is one of those good guys in our hobby/avocation/obsession. Just a pleasure to get to know, filled with good stories, and always willing to share his knowledge and experiences. Several times this year I’ve gone to Gary, hat … Continue reading

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Discoveries in a Civil War Photograph

Alright people…I’ve gone down a rabbit hole and you’re going to have to humor me. Don’t roll your eyes…you’ve done it before, too. A few weeks ago I shared a story about the threatened invasion from Canada along Lake Erie … Continue reading

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Home Libraries: Civil War Library Ramblings

“I like Civil War books and I cannot lie, You ECW readers can’t deny, That when a brown paper package arrives at your place, With a Savas Beatie or SIUP sticker in your face, You get…” Most people don’t know … Continue reading

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“One of the Most Bloodless Campaigns of the War” – The ‘Invasion’ of Erie, PA

Erie, Pennsylvania, situated in the northwest corner of the state astride Lake Erie, has a strong Civil War history. Several hard fighting regiments, including the 83rd (known as the Erie Regiment), 111th and 145th Pennsylvania, were raised in Erie. Strong … Continue reading

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Benjamin F. Kelley’s Confederate Kinfolk

General Benjamin F. Kelley doesn’t get a lot of attention in Civil War historiography. His military career was primarily confined to western Maryland and West Virginia, where he spent the war years dueling with the likes of Mosby, McCausland, Imboden, … Continue reading

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Rosecrans, Fremont HQ For Sale…

My trip into the office usually takes about seven minutes door to door if I hit the lights just right. With recent construction shutting down the interstate between the two points I’m forced to take a slightly longer detour into … Continue reading

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“My father served under both Lee and Grant…”

A few days ago whilst weeding some of my old Civil War periodicals collection – because that’s what I’ve been reduced to during this quarantine – I came across something interesting. In the August 1961 issue of Civil War Times I … Continue reading

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Ending the War: “Tidings of Disaster So Momentous” – The 15th Ohio Learns of the Lincoln Assassination

In our world of 24 hour news stations, social media, cell phones, which give us instantaneous notification of breaking news, we may take for granted that news did travel fast during the Civil War. Telegraph lines allowed for news to … Continue reading

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Second Saturday Lecture Series: An Interview With Diane Klinefelter

Even though I spent several years living and working in Pittsburgh it always feels something like going behind enemy lines each time I visit. I had the good fortune to be raised in a strong Cleveland sports household and proudly … Continue reading

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CW & Pop Culture: Steve Earle’s “Ben McCulloch”

I’ve been a longtime Steve Earle fan and I’m here today to share something with you… Steve Earle is cooler than crap. Here’s a guy who cut his teeth in the music business under the tutelage of the great Townes … Continue reading

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