Author Archives: Todd Arrington

The Significance of June 19 in the Civil War Era—and Beyond

Amidst seemingly constant reminders that genuine equality for all in the United States remains elusive, it is worth remembering that today, June 19, has repeatedly been a momentous one for the cause of American freedom—particularly with regard to race.  While … Continue reading

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Alexander Stephen and the Cornerstone Speech

On March 21, 1861—one hundred and fifty-eight years ago today—Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens was in Savannah, in his home state of Georgia. Seven states had already declared themselves seceded from the Union, and Stephens addressed a large crowd to … Continue reading

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Facebook Cover Photo: Dr. Mary Edwards Walker

The Medal of Honor was created during the Civil War, and since then over 3,500 have been awarded for gallantry to members of the American armed forces. But of those recipients, only one has been a woman. Mary Edwards Walker … Continue reading

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Hiram Revels and Blanche Bruce: America’s First Black Senators

On February 25, 1870, visitors in the U.S. Senate gallery burst into applause when the new Republican senator from Mississippi entered the chamber. This man was no ordinary senator. He was Hiram R. Revels, and he was the first African … Continue reading

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Facebook Cover Photo: African American Soldiers for the Union

“Once let the black man get upon his person the brass letters U.S., let him get an eagle on his button, and a musket on his shoulder, and bullets in his pocket, and there is no power on the earth … Continue reading

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Two Union Veterans: The Election of 1880, Part 2

Part 2 of 2 in a short series. Find Part 1 and details about the presidential candidates here. During the presidential campaign that followed, both Garfield and Hancock attempted to follow the era’s tradition that candidates did little actual campaigning. … Continue reading

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Two Union Veterans: The Election of 1880, Part 1

Ever heard the old joke that in order to be President of the United States after the Civil War, you only needed to be Republican, be a Union veteran, and have a beard? You can be forgiven for thinking it … Continue reading

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Facebook Cover Photo: The Emancipation Proclamation

Emerging Civil War welcomed 2019 with an new cover photo on our Facebook page. Here are some details about the historic image.

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Facebook Cover Photo: General Edwin Vose Sumner with his Staff, 1862

Emerging Civil War has decided to give you a little more information about the cover photos (often called “banners”) we post on our Facebook page. We hope everyone is following us on Facebook! Our latest Facebook cover photo is a … Continue reading

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Remembering Sergeant Carney

One hundred and eighteen years ago today—May 23, 1900—William H. Carney received the Medal of Honor for actions in July 1863 during the Civil War.  President William McKinley, who issued the Medal in the name of Congress (hence the oft-used … Continue reading

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