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About stewardthenderson

Civil War historian at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park and living historian with the 23rd Regiment USCT and 54th Massachusetts Infantry Co. B. I am also a member of the Trail to Freedom Committee in the Fredericksburg, VA area and a member of the John J. Wright Museum in Spotsylvania, VA.

A Monumental Discussion: Steward T. Henderson

Over the past two weeks, I have had many conversations with visitors and co-workers about whether Confederate monuments should be removed from public spaces. I must say that I have mixed emotions on this subject, first of all because the … Continue reading

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My Favorite Historical Person: Frederick Douglass

Since I was a young boy, Frederick Douglass has been the historical person I most admire in the Civil War era. Growing up a slave, Mr. Douglass was taught to read by a benevolent master, studied the Columbian Orator to … Continue reading

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ECW5: Steward Henderson

I cannot believe that it has been five years since Kris White and Chris Mackowski informed me that they were starting a blog, “Emerging Civil War,” and asked me to be an author. I had often thought about writing a … Continue reading

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“Many Things More to Be Feared Than Death”

At the Friday evening panel session of the Third Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge, an audience member asked a question that I answered and Chris Kolakowski expanded upon. The topic of the discussion was “Great Attacks of … Continue reading

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Fredericksburg, My Favorite City in Virginia (part five)

part five of five At our first Trail to Freedom symposium, I met my future wife, Malanna Carey, who stayed in touch with me after the event. She wanted me to speak about the USCT at her church, St. George’s … Continue reading

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Fredericksburg, My Favorite City in Virginia (part four)

part four of five During some of these visits to the city with my mother, I would stop at my Aunt Hattie’s house and she would always have food for us, until she got too old to cook the way … Continue reading

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Fredericksburg, My Favorite City in Virginia (part three)

part three of five As a child in the D.C. public school system, I was in the honors track (there was an educational track system at that time). While in this program in Payne Elementary School and Eliot Junior High … Continue reading

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Fredericksburg, My Favorite City in Virginia (part two)

part two of five In Washington, D.C., I could go almost anywhere without too many problems with racism. However, whenever we were going south to Fredericksburg, my brothers and sisters and I were told to be on our best behavior. … Continue reading

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Fredericksburg, My Favorite City in Virginia (part one)

part one of five I have spent my entire retirement working at the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields National Military Park. As a young kid standing on Marye’s Heights in 1958, fascinated by the battlefield and the view from high … Continue reading

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Black Confederates: Laborers or Soldiers? (part five)

the final part in a series In 1969, in his book The Confederate Negro, Professor James H. Brewer wrote, “Today, in a lonely unmarked grave, forgotten and unknown, lies the Confederate Negro—a casualty of history.” What would he think about … Continue reading

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