Author Archives: Robert Lee Hodge

The Army of Tennessee: Elegy at Franklin (Part 2)

On November 30th, 2019 I marched off from Winstead Hill at 4pm—the same time the Army of Tennessee stepped off in 1864. Unlike other years the police changed the march-time for “safety reasons” to 2pm—I am not sure what that … Continue reading

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The Army of Tennessee: Elegy at Franklin (Part 1)

November 30th is continuously a meaningful date. That day at Franklin, Tennessee in 1864 was the swan song of the main “western” Confederate fighting force, the Army of Tennessee. In five hours the 30,000-man army suffered 7,500 casualties — attacking, … Continue reading

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Do We Still Care About the Civil War: Robert Lee Hodge

The cover story of the newest issue of Civil War Times asks, “Do we still care about the Civil War?” ECW is pleased to partner with Civil War Times to extend the conversation here on the blog. Of course the … Continue reading

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Yellowhammers and Environmentalism: Following the Path of Law’s Alabama Brigade to Gettysburg

Ten Days in Culpeper From Raccoon Ford, Joe and I drove into nearby Culpeper, A.P. Hill’s hometown. Law’s Brigade camped with Hood’s Division south-east of Culpeper, near Pony Mountain, and paralleling the Fredericksburg Pike (modern-day Virginia Route 3) from Friday, … Continue reading

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Yellowhammers and Environmentalism: Following the Path of Law’s Alabama Brigade to Gettysburg.

This post continues my story of following Law’s Brigade and delves into the unit’s background. Joe Loehle and I were at our starting off point, Raccoon Ford, where the area had layers of historical depth. We were where Evander McIver … Continue reading

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Yellowhammers and Environmentalism: The Drive To Raccoon Ford & Getting Ready For Gettysburg

In 2002 the historical interpretation unit I belonged to, The Southern Guard, was volunteering for a “living-history” program at Gettysburg National Military Park, portraying the 4th Alabama Infantry of Evander McIver Law’s famed brigade that was in John Bell Hood’s … Continue reading

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