Category Archives: Battlefields & Historic Places

(Obscure) Civil War Weekend Exploring

How far out of your way would you go to see something related to your favorite battlefield Park? I confess that I visit plenty of obscure historical sites. Goes with the territory, I guess. I visit artifacts, too. When the … Continue reading

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Appomattox Campaign Driving Tour Map

Blue and gray soldiers raced westward during the first week of April 1865. After spending forty-one weeks around Petersburg, Robert E. Lee hoped the Army of Northern Virginia could leave its adversaries behind. Ulysses S. Grant’s strategic and personnel decisions … Continue reading

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Indian Aid: Ely Parker and the Surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia

Four months before giving birth to her son Ely, expecting mother Elizabeth Johnson Parker (Gaontguttwus to the Tonawanda Seneca tribe) awoke one night after experiencing a dream. Her mind’s vision showed a rainbow broken in two. The bottom of one … Continue reading

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A Casualty of Red Tape and Colonel Mosby

As a collector of Civil War images I can’t say what it was about this particular image that jumped out at me when I purchased it some ten or twelve years ago. The CDV had been identified was Elijah Hobart, … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Fort Clinch

In the northeast corner of the state, on the northern tip of Amelia Island, Florida, sits one of the best preserved 19th-century brick and mortar fortifications. Fort Clinch. The fort was part of the third system program, part of the … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: An Irish Brigade Hike at Antietam

For St. Patrick’s Day weekend, there is hardly a better connection to this holiday and the Civil War than the famous Irish Brigade. The story of this brigade has been told countless times and numerous works cover the annals of … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: View from the Ramparts – Fortress Monroe, Virginia

In the gathering dusk of Saturday, March 8, 1862, a young Union telegrapher, John Emmet O’Brien, stood on the ramparts of Fortress Monroe on Old Point Comfort dominating the entrance to Hampton Roads, Virginia. He looked to the right and … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: “Stop Here” in the Shenandoah Valley

ECW’s managing editor, Sarah Kay Bierle, has been building a virtual road trip on her personal blog. The series is called “Stop Here! Historic Places To Visit” and has been focusing on unique places to visit in the Shenandoah Valley. … Continue reading

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Fort Monroe: History & Personal Reflections

Emerging Civil War welcomes guest author Michael Nelson. The Fort’s Story I spent nearly two years working at Fort Monroe National Monument as a communications assistant in the Casemate Museum. The museum covers over 400 years of history at Fort … Continue reading

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Benning’s Breastworks at the Burnside Bridge

People visiting the Antietam battlefield often wonder why the Confederate defenders did not entrench or build breastworks to strengthen their positions. After all, Antietam’s landscape is not marred by miles of trenches and extant earthworks. “Why not?” they wonder. Answering … Continue reading

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