Category Archives: Arms & Armaments

Failed Ironclads: CSS Mississippi and CSS Louisiana at New Orleans

In October 1861, the skeletons of two strange iron monsters began to emerge from the Mississippi bank at Jefferson City, just north of New Orleans. They would become the CSS Mississippi and CSS Louisiana. Confederate Navy Secretary Stephen Mallory had … Continue reading

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Why I “Do” History

About a month ago a friend of mine pointed me to an entry-level priced CDV of a veteran of the 100th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, my ancestor’s unit. I have spent quite a bit of time contemplating whether or not I … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Salisbury Confederate Prison Symposium

Numerous conferences and symposiums that specialize in the American Civil War often examine the many famed battles, important and leading figures, and the memory and monuments of the war itself. We were recently notified by Sue Curtis, chair of the … Continue reading

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Pontoon Bridges: The Great Crossings

Yesterday Sarah Kay Bierle looked at the ancient uses of pontoon bridges and its perspectives on the 1862 Battle of Fredericksburg. While she addressed the difficulties of bridging rivers, I would like to look at the other side of the coin: … Continue reading

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Save 244 Acres at Brandy Station

There have been many preservation victories at the Brandy Station battlefield over the years. Now there is an opportunity to preserve even more hallowed ground at the site of the largest cavalry action fought during the war. See details below … Continue reading

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“Generally Tore Things Up”: George Custer Visits Beaver Dam Station

Early last month, my wife and I visited my sister and brother-in-law and our new niece in Richmond. On the drive south, we decided to visit Beaver Dam Station, a wartime stop on the Virginia Central Railroad. During the Overland … Continue reading

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Help Save Two Tennessee Battlefields

News of the latest preservation fight in the Western Theater comes to us from the Civil War Trust. Take a moment to read Civil War Trust President Jim Lighthizer’s update at Fort Donelson and Parker’s Cross Roads.

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Longfellow, the “Organ of Muskets,” and the Civil War

Emerging Civil War welcomes back guest author Rob Wilson ECW’s December 24 re-posting of Meg Groeling thoughtful piece about Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s 1863 poem “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” was, for me, a welcome introduction to the work. No … Continue reading

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Civil War Echoes: Mrs. Longstreet and the B-29

Of all American weapons produced in World War II, including the atomic bomb, the most expensive was the Boeing B-29 Superfortress. Developing and producing the plane cost $3 billion and involved a massive industrial undertaking from plants in all regions … Continue reading

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Civil War Echoes: Burma Guerrillas

I’ve lately been reading about World War II’s China-Burma-India (CBI) Theater at length. Fought 1942-45 between the Japanese and puppet Indian and Burmese forces against British, Indian, Gurkha, African, American, and Chinese forces, the campaign moved up and down Burma … Continue reading

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