Category Archives: Battles

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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Recollections of Confederate Officers for The News

Today we are pleased to welcome back guest author, Joe Owen. Joe has provided an account from Sergeant Val Giles of the 4th Texas Infantry. It was originally published in The Galveston Daily News on May 16, 1897.

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Question of the Week: 2/6-2/12/17

Ryan Quint’s new book on the Battle of Monocacy has us thinking about “lesser-known battles.” What’s your favorite lesser-known battle to study or battlefield to visit?

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Ryan Quint’s Fascination with Lesser-Known Battles Leads to Book on Monocacy

By ECW Correspondent Emily Losito A young Ryan T. Quint sat at his high school desk entranced in a Civil War documentary. His teacher had No Retreat from Destiny playing on the screen, a 2006 film about the battle of … Continue reading

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Civil War Trust Leads Effort To Preserve Battlefield Land in 2016

Get updated on 2016’s preservation successes with the latest year-in-review from the Civil War Trust.

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Mourning a Friend

Peter Vredenburgh, Jr. died almost 130 years before I was born. And yet, as I read his letters from the Civil War, I found myself identifying with Vredenburgh and thinking of him as a close companion. Which perhaps explains why, … Continue reading

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Tracking Down the Wounding of Joe Johnston

We are pleased to welcome back guest author Doug Crenshaw, who shares with us today a bit of original research. It’s something that has puzzled me for years. The wounding of Joe Johnston was an event that changed the course … Continue reading

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The Best Missed Opportunity at Richmond

We are pleased to welcome back guest author Doug Crenshaw, who continues to look at communications mishaps during the campaigns for Richmond. Today, he turns to 1864. As they peered over the walls of Fort Harrison, Confederate soldiers witnessed an … Continue reading

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Lincoln’s Message To The Army

What did President Lincoln have to say to his soldiers after the Battle of Fredericksburg? We dug into the ECW archives and found Chris Mackowski’s post from 2013 to answer the question. Here’s the original article, recounting Lincoln’s Dec. 22, … Continue reading

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Civil War Trust Announces Two Big Successes!

This past week, the Civil War Trust announced two preservation victories. Their first announcement was an update on the expansion of Petersburg National Battlefield.

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