Category Archives: Arms & Armaments

Mexican-American War 170th: Battle of Contreras (Padierna)

Thousands of years ago, the Xitle volcano exploded, spraying lava across the valley floor. That lava cooled to hard rocks with jagged edges in what came to be known as the Pedregal—translated to English as the Rocky Gardens. The Pedregal … Continue reading

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Three Virginia Battlefields See More Preserved Ground

The Civil War Trust recently notified us of a successful campaign to save nearly 400 acres at several Virginia battlefields, including Gaines’ Mill, Cedar Mountain, and Cold Harbor. President of the Trust, Jim Lighthizer, recently sent us this follow up … Continue reading

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General Ward and the Ever Victorious Army

North America was not the only place roiled by Civil War in the early 1860s – China was undergoing its own civil war in the eastern provinces around Shanghai, known as the Taiping Rebellion (1850-1864). The rebellion climaxed in the … Continue reading

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Archibald Wilson’s Infernal Submarine Armor

Today, we are pleased to welcome guest author Neil Chatelain It was pelting rain across the Richmond-Petersburg siege lines on March 31, 1865. General Robert E. Lee’s attack against Fort Stedman had failed only days before and General Ulysses Grant … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Gettysburg Field Hospital Sites

As the sun set on the Gettysburg battlefield on July 3, 1863, although the sound of combat faded into history, a new battle was just beginning. Over the course of the three day engagement, 51,000 men became casualties. That number … Continue reading

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In the “Hoofsteps” to Gettysburg: Touring the Loudoun Valley Campaign of June 1863

Of all the sites related to the Gettysburg Campaign, the sites to see in the Loudoun Valley are some of the best preserved and most beautiful places in Virginia. Though in June 1863, there was nothing pretty about thousands of … Continue reading

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The Gettysburg Campaign: Cavalry Actions in the Loudoun Valley

The coming week will commemorate the 154th anniversary of the cavalry battles of Aldie, Middleburg, Upperville, all part of the Gettysburg campaign. These fights were particularly important as they were a series of engagements that kept the Federal cavalry from … Continue reading

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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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