Category Archives: Battles

“A Fury Unequaled”: A North Carolinian’s Account of Antietam

Finding personal accounts of battlefield experiences always raises my eyebrows, as it does for many of you. The details and immediate stories they contain are the stuff historians crave. When I read the account of James W. Shinn, a soldier … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 9/17-9/23/18

This week it will be 155 years since the Battle of Chickamauga. Do you have a favorite officer from that battle? Why do you admire his leadership?

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Antietam Eve: The Night of September 16, 1862

“The quiet that precedes a battle has something of the terrible in it,” wrote an Ohio soldier recalling the night of September 16, 1862. That night in the fields and woodlots surrounding Sharpsburg was an awful night for those who … Continue reading

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From The ECW Archives – Why Do We “Forget” Second Bull Run?

Since it’s a battle anniversary day of the fights at Second Bull Run, we found a post in our archives. In 2012, Chris Mackowski shared his thoughts about why Second Manassas is often overlooked. We hope you enjoy this article … Continue reading

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From The ECW Archives: General Ewell’s Wound At Groveton

In 2015, Phill Greenwalt published research about Confederate General Richard Ewell’s injury during the Battle of Groveton, which was an opening engagement of Second Bull Run. Since it’s that battle anniversary day, here is a re-run of that original blog … Continue reading

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The Superhuman Henry Recor at the Petersburg Breakthrough

I have yet to find a Civil War story as compelling and consequential as that of Captain Charles G. Gould, the first Sixth Corps soldier to breach the Confederate lines on the morning of April 2, 1865. Union soldiers from … Continue reading

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Around We Go: In the Monitor Turret

Lieutenant Samuel D. Greene, USN, had a problem. He was encased within a dim, claustrophobic, metal drum—20 feet in diameter—behind eight layers of bolted and riveted 1-inch-thick iron plates in charge of two immense 11-inch Dahlgren shell guns, each 13 … Continue reading

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A Yankee’s Tale of Two Encounters with Stonewall’s Foot Cavalry at Chancellorsville (Part 2)

Emerging Civil War welcomes back guest author Rob Wilson Part Two: “I don’t know how I escaped” Click here to go to Part One of this article. The Yankees were fairly full of themselves when the May 2 fighting wound … Continue reading

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A Yankee’s Tale of Two Encounters with Stonewall’s Foot Cavalry at Chancellorsville (Part 1)

Emerging Civil War welcomes back guest author Rob Wilson Part One: A “most splendid affair” at Catharine Furnace On May 2, 1863, the day that Lt. General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson was mortally wounded at the Battle of Chancellorsville, his … Continue reading

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“The numbers of cannoneers is so small”

Lt. Edward Williston commanded Battery D, 2nd United States Artillery at the Battle of Antietam. While at the National Archives, I found this revealing letter about the issues Williston’s battery encountered on the Antietam battlefield due to a shortage of … Continue reading

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