Category Archives: Battlefields & Historic Places

ECW Weekender: Exploring The “Waterlogged Marsh” at Fredericksburg

For a couple of years now I’ve wanted to explore the low ground between Prospect Hill and Slaughter Pen Farm. It’s the area where — on December 13, 1862, during the Battle of Fredericksburg — General George Gordon Meade’s Union … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Vicksburg National Military Park

An ECW colleague emailed me a note the other day: “I’m reading the Vicksburg/Tullahoma book, and really enjoyed your article about visiting Vicksburg. I’ve never been and I’m more motivated now than ever.” The article he mentioned was based on … Continue reading

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“The day long remembered:” Remembering Bull Run

ECW welcomes guest author Anthony Trusso On July 21, 1861, the two largest armies ever fielded on the North American continent to that point engaged in the Battle of First Bull Run. By the end of the day, nearly 900 … Continue reading

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Boomerang Bragg

This is the time of year when we see college and NFL coaches get the ax, and lots of other administrative changes in our favorite teams. Which leads me to this comparison, please bear with me. The Confederate Army of … Continue reading

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ECW YouTube: Interview with Dr. Damian Shiels of Irish American Civil War Blog

During her trip to Andersonville National Historic Site in November of 2021, Sheritta Bitikofer had the opportunity to meet a very special guest speaker, Dr. Damien Shiels, when he visited to give a presentation about his Irish at Andersonville project. … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Snow at Spotsylvania

The Virginia snow storm this week made national news as once again weather conditions prevented anyone from advancing on Richmond. Though the restoration of the power grid and the arrival of plows and salt seemed to take as long as … Continue reading

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Memorials and Memory on a French Quarter Dog Walk

My wife and I, along with our spunky mutt Mouton (named after General Jean-Jacques-Alfred- Alexandre Mouton), spent the week before Christmas 2021 in New Orleans. My younger sister got married that week and we were sure to not miss out. … Continue reading

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Western Swing: Day 07

The American Battlefield Trust has finished posting the videos from our trip to the western battlefields, and we’re pleased to be sharing them here with you. Kris White, Garry Adelman, and I began the day with Eric Jacobson at Carnton … Continue reading

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Western Swing: Day 06

The American Battlefield Trust took a day off yesterday posting videos from our trip. (I think they’re trying to time things out so that our videos from Nashville show up on the anniversary of the last day of the battle!) … Continue reading

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Western Swing: Day 05

For day five of our video swing of western battlefields with the American Battlefield Trust, we skipped ahead to 1864. This was an exciting opportunity for me to do some interpretation on some battlefields I’d never had the chance to … Continue reading

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