Category Archives: Battlefields & Historic Places

ECW Weekender: The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

Friends, it’s cold outside! If battlefielding in this wintry weather isn’t your preference, consider visiting a museum. One of my favorite museums is The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, located in Winchester, Virginia. It’s not a military museum, but it’s … Continue reading

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A New View of the Battle of Fredericksburg

While most visitors to the Fredericksburg battlefield think of the Stone Wall and Sunken Road, or perhaps more recently of the Slaughter Pen Farm saved by the American Battlefields Trust, there’s another feature on the battlefield that’s nearly as familiar … Continue reading

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Historical Pianos in Civil War California

Last Saturday I had the privilege to continue my yearly tradition of performing Christmas carols with friends in the officers’ parlor of the Drum Barracks out here in Southern California. It’s an absolutely wonderful way to really launch into the … Continue reading

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Robinson’s Tavern Today

In 2017, I wrote a post, “The Mine Run Campaign Comes to Locust Grove,” that offered historical and modern views of the former Robinson’s Tavern intersection along modern Route 20. Today, a reader responding to that post expressed disappointment that … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender – Drewry’s Bluff

Drewry’s Bluff is the most unique and iconic location among Richmond National Battlefield Park’s thirteen units. The last stop on the Park Service’s recommended seventy-mile see-it-all driving tour, the site is certainly worth an extended visit on its own merits.

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2019 ECW Symposium Keynote Speaker Announced!

During Emerging Civil War’s Fifth Annual Symposium this past August, we teased our keynote speaker for the 2019 Symposium. Today, we wanted to give you a little bit more information about this amazing opportunity to hear A. Wilson Greene on … Continue reading

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Railroads: A Few Extra Videos

Since Chris Mackowski’s On Location video at Tunnel Hill was quite popular this week, we thought you might enjoy some more short videos about railroads or railroad cuts. Take a journey through the history facts or battlefields with these clips … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Gettysburg Lincoln Railroad Station

Every year, nearly 1.4 million visitors come to Gettysburg National Military Park by car or bus. They tour the battlefield using numerous forms of transport, from those same cars and buses to Segways, horse drawn carriages, and bicycles. All head … Continue reading

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Did Alexander Gardner photograph Charles Tew’s corpse in the Sunken Road?

Charles Tew’s story is compelling. Daniel Harvey Hill called him “one of the most finished scholars on the continent, and had no superior as a soldier in the field.”(1) Indeed he was. Tew graduated first in his class from the … Continue reading

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Two Terraced Cemeteries

There is a terraced cemetery overlooking Fredericksburg, Virginia. Over 15,000 U.S. personnel are buried there, making it one of the largest cemeteries outside of Arlington in the National Cemetery System. Many of the men on that hill died trying to … Continue reading

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