Category Archives: Battlefields & Historic Places

Writing the Wilderness and Reflecting

It’s 46° in Spotsylvania County, but the morning clouds have marched away and the blue-sky sun makes it feel more like sixty. To the west, another line of gray clouds hangs over the Blue Ridge Mountains like a haze of … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Decision at Tom’s Brook: George Custer, Thomas Rosser and the Joy of the Fight”

In the autumn of 1864, Maj. Gen. Phillip Sheridan and Lt. Gen. Jubal Early engaged one another in an effort to control Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. A Union defeat might well have offset gains made by Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman … Continue reading

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A Visit to the Gettysburg Cyclorama

I’d seen the Gettysburg Cyclorama once before — while in high school and on my way to Washington, D.C.—but had virtually no appreciation for the events it displays. Suppressed by a senior trip agenda, my last stop in Gettysburg was … Continue reading

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Grant, the Wilderness, and the Loneliness of Command

On the evening of May 6, 1864, Lieutenant General U.S. Grant considered the day’s events. The Battle of the Wilderness had just ended its second day, and Grant’s forces had been  beaten and battered in a way he’d never seen. … Continue reading

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Shenandoah Valley Campaigns and The Importance of Luck

Part One With the month of October behind us, I think back on the topic of my first co-publication, Bloody Autumn, the Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864. To add impetus to the recollections this year, I am currently fine-tuning a presentation that I will … Continue reading

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Remembering Emory Upton

What is it that attracts us to particular individuals of the past? I think the answer varies from person to person. We all have people who we tend to gravitate towards in our studies. For readers of this blog, friends … Continue reading

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Memorializing Emory Upton

Upton Road runs straight as a railroad track away from Route 33 into the Genesee County countryside of western New York. The nearby town of Batavia—nestled roughly midway between Buffalo and Rochester—hails itself as “The Birthplace of Western New York” … Continue reading

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Indemnity in Black and White: A Look At Post-War Restitution

Emerging Civil War is pleased to welcome back guest author Michael Aubrecht Many of the churches involved in the Battle of Fredericksburg submitted itemized claims to the court of the United States government as a petition to recover the cost … Continue reading

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A Chance at Redemption: George Custer and the Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864

On October 19, 1864, Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan defeated Lt. Gen. Jubal Early at the Battle of Cedar Creek in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. The engagement culminated a campaign which began two months earlier in and solidified President Abraham Lincoln’s chances … Continue reading

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A Hidden-in-Plain-Sight Connection Between Hanover and Hampton

Several weeks ago, I began working with Thomas Seabrook, the education and programs specialist for the Hanover Tavern Foundation, on a refresh of their Civil War Trails sign. Sitting with Tom for more than an hour, we naturally thought of … Continue reading

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