Category Archives: Battlefields & Historic Places

Scenes from Vicksburg, Day 1 (part 1)

part of a series I’m with my ECW co-founder Kris White in Vicksburg, Mississippi, to help the American Battlefield Trust commemorate the 155th anniversary of Grant’s campaign to take the city. While you’ll be able to follow our adventures on … Continue reading

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J.E.B. Stuart and the Question of Corps Command

In the days after his victory in the Chancellorsville Campaign, Gen. Robert E. Lee faced a number of critical decisions, among them the reorganization of his Army of Northern Virginia. The death of Lt. Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson on … Continue reading

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Remembering John Sedgwick

As I explained in a post back in 2015, I take time on May 9 each year to visit the Spotsylvania Court House battlefield and pay my respects to Maj. Gen. John Sedgwick. Sedgwick was killed at the battle by … Continue reading

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At the Utterance of “Spottsylvania”

From The Thirty-Second Maine Regiment of Infantry Volunteers: An Historical Sketch by Henry C. Houston of Co. C (Portland, ME: Press of Southworth Brothers, 1903), pp. 144-145: The utterance of the single word “Spottsylvania” [sic] is enough to bring most … Continue reading

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Having “A Moment” at the Turning Point of the War

I thought if I waited until dusk, I might be able to stand at the Brock Road/Plank Road intersection in the Wilderness and have a “moment.” During the day, the intersection almost always has traffic passing through, and in the … Continue reading

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After It Is Saved, Then What?

A fascinating article in the Spring 2018 issue of the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust newsletter On The Skirmish Line. If you have not checked out their website, or thought about joining their effort, considering heading on over after reading about their work … Continue reading

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Battlefield Travesty

As part of our Facebook LIVE broadcasts on Tuesday, we paid a visit to the Zoan Church ridge on the eastern edge of the Chancellorsville battlefield (parts one and two). It’s one of the out-of-the-way parts of the battlefield that … Continue reading

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LIVE from Chancellorsville on Day 3

What a day in the field we had today! Emerging Civil War once again partnered with Civil War Trust for a second day of Facebook LIVE broadcasts to commemorate the 155th anniversary of the battle of Chancellorsville. (You can still … Continue reading

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The 114th PA at Chancellorsville, Overlooked in Plain Sight

The Chancellorsville monument to the 114th Pennsylvania Infantry is arguably the battlefield’s most visible monument—and, ironically, the least accessible. The granite tablet sits next to the eastbound lane of Route Three, facing the forest rather than the road, maintaining both … Continue reading

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Facebook LIVE for the Chancellorsville 155th

What a great day we had at Chancellorsville today for our Facebook LIVE event with the Civil War Trust. Hosted by the Trust’s Garry Adelman and Kris White (ECW’s co-founder!), a number of ECW historians participated: Dan Davis, Ryan Quint, … Continue reading

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