Category Archives: Battlefields & Historic Places

Grave Matters, Revisited

Back in the ‘80s I started up a little newsletter, Grave Matters, “A Newsletter for Civil War Necrolithologists” ( a term I think I coined). I ran it for a few years, sending out four quarterly issues to eventually more … Continue reading

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Mexican-American War 170th: Battle of Buena Vista

February 23, 1847: 170 years ago today, the mountain passes and gorges near the hacienda of Buena Vista filled with the ripping crackles of musketry and booming concussion of artillery. The day saw a numerically superior Mexican force throwing itself … Continue reading

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Modern Photography: Quiet Contradiction

ECW welcomes back guest author (and photographer!) Michael Aubrecht Battlefields are peculiar places. When you visit any hallowed grounds, everything is perfect. The grass is neatly trimmed and the marble markers are polished. The freshly painted cannons are all lined … Continue reading

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Modern Photography: A Trip to Ringgold, Georgia

Fans of General Patrick Cleburne go here all the time: Ringgold, Georgia – a historic borough in north Georgia, just a few miles below the Tennessee. Last summer I went there with Jack Melton, publisher of Civil War News and … Continue reading

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On Location: Jackson’s HQ Museum

Stonewall Jackson’s Headquarters in Winchester, Virginia, doesn’t reopen for the season until April 1, but passing through town, I couldn’t resist the chance for a quick video On Location. For more information:

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Modern Photography: “On Great Fields, Something Stays” – My Time on Cemetery Ridge

Emerging Civil War welcomes guest author (and photographer!) Kristen M. Trout On a warm, beautiful evening in September 2013, I stood on Cemetery Ridge, gazing at the glowing orange sunset over South Mountain. Seminary Ridge, the main position of the … Continue reading

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Modern Photography: Shiloh

We were rummaging around in the ECW archives and found this excellent photography essay by Lee White.

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Campaign Through the Carolinas: An Ohio Cavalryman’s Recollections in the National Tribune

This is the fifth and final part of the 1892 account by an unidentified captain of the 10th Ohio Cavalry that appeared in the May 12, 1892 edition of the National Tribune. As pointed out previously, I believe this is … Continue reading

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Modern Photography: Antietam’s Rising Sun

I stood amidst a swarm of people, all gathering in the still darkness, some talking softly to one another, others quietly contemplating the gravity of the moment.  Out in front of us, soldiers spoke in hushed tones.  How far off … 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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