Category Archives: Battles

Called Out For “The Men Not To Fire” At Chancellorsville

Dark night. A general on a scouting expedition out in front of the lines. Moonlight and dense woods. A call for troops not to fire. What Civil War account comes most quickly to mind? Probably “Stonewall” Jackson at Chancellorsville. However, … Continue reading

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Trivia for the Battle of Manassas

Reflecting on the 160th of Manassas… One of my fondest take-aways from Jack Davis’s Battle at Bull Run was learning that Manassas came from a Jewish merchant, Manassa–whose home site came to be called Manassa’s Gap. Manasseh, by the way, … Continue reading

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The 11th New York Fire Zouaves: Seeing the Elephant, Part 2

The following excerpt is taken from Groeling’s forthcoming book First Fallen: The Life of Colonel Elmer Ellsworth, the North’s First Civil War Hero. It will be released by Savas Beatie and can be preordered here: https://www.savasbeatie.com/contact-us/ Colonel Elmer Ellsworth’s regiment … Continue reading

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The 11th New York Fire Zouaves: Seeing the Elephant, Part 1

The following excerpt is taken from Groeling’s forthcoming book First Fallen: The Life of Colonel Elmer Ellsworth, the North’s First Civil War Hero. It will be released by Savas Beatie and can be preordered here: https://www.savasbeatie.com/contact-us/ Colonel Elmer Ellsworth’s regiment … Continue reading

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First Manassas/Bull Run Campaign, July 21, 1861: Uniforms

Civil War uniforms tend to be a specialty subject. This may be because the photographs are in black and white or sepia-toned. Hence the student must dig through letters and memoirs to get a clear idea of what each uniform … Continue reading

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Hidden 7th Georgia Infantry Marker at Manassas

One of the treats of battlefield exploration is discovering something new – or at least feeling like you’re discovering something new. Upon my first trip to Virginia in 2018, I was determined to follow in the footsteps of a soldier … Continue reading

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You are a White Livered Soul

July 1861 was hot and humid in Northern Virginia, and Sunday the 21st was sultry enough to be oppressively uncomfortable as the war’s first major battle unfolded along the swales surrounding Bull Run. Several hundred civilians living in and around … Continue reading

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The “One-Battle” Syndrome

As we approach the anniversary of the battle of First Manassas in July, 1861 I want to touch on what I term the “One Battle Syndrome.” The thinking on both sides in 1861, from generals to politicians to privates, was … Continue reading

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Re-evaluating Ezra Carman, Pt. 2: Georgians in the East Woods

ECW welcomes back Chris Bryan (Part 1 of Re-evaluating Ezra Carman can be read here.) During Brig. Gen. John Bell Hood’s counterattack at Antietam, the 4th Alabama became increasingly detached from its brigade by fences while it advanced along the … Continue reading

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Free ECW Podcast: The Civil War Summer of ’63

Celebrate ECW’s 10th Anniversary with a pair of books about the Civil War Summer of ’63. Chris Mackowski and Dan Welch go behind the scenes on the project in the new episode of the Emerging Civil War Podcast. Listen here … Continue reading

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