Category Archives: Battles

Antietam at ECW’s YouTube Page

Emerging Civil War has a fantastic collection of Antietam-related content on our YouTube page, including two new Antietam-related videos added this week. First, there’s a four-way conversation between historians Kevin Pawlak, Dan Vermilya, Kris White, and Chris Mackowski that gets … Continue reading

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Antietam Anniversary in the Soldiers’ Words

At 7 a.m. every September 17, the National Park Service holds a program in David Miller’s cornfield, forever after immortalized as The Cornfield, to commemorate the opening of the Battle of Antietam, the bloodiest single day in American military history. … Continue reading

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“The Morrow Would Be a Day of Blood”: The Eve of the Battle of Antietam

The evening of September 16 always draws my mind to the Antietam battlefield. 158 years ago tonight, Union and Confederate soldiers settled down for a tense night around Sharpsburg, Maryland. In some cases, they lay within earshot of one another. … Continue reading

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Free ECW Podcast – Antietam: Into The Cornfield

Just in time to get ready for the battle anniversary…ECW gets into the weeds—and the cornstalks—talking about the battle of Antietam with Kevin Pawlak, Dan Vermilya, Kris White, and Chris Mackowski. Listen for free here on ECW’s Patreon account!

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Intersections of History at Turner’s Gap

We often find layers of history when we least expect it. Take Turner’s Gap on South Mountain in central Maryland. Most of us know this was the primary gap through the mountains, fought over in September, 1862 as part of … Continue reading

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Fallen New York Officers at the Deep Cut

At 3 p.m. on August 30, 1862, 10,000 Union soldiers charged across the Groveton-Sudley Road toward the Confederates occupying the stretch of an unfinished railroad around the Deep Cut. Of the seventeen regiments that participated in this assault led by … Continue reading

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A Baby Girl in the Crossfire of Fredericksburg

The official reports for the 21st Mississippi Infantry Regiment in Barksdale’s brigade speak highly the soldiers’ courage in the streets of Fredericksburg in the battle on December 11, 1862. However, neither report mentions a remarkable interaction between soldiers and civilians … Continue reading

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Capturing a Brigadier General at Fort Stedman

ECW welcomes guest author Tim Talbott Today, Petersburg National Battlefield’s Fort Stedman is the epitome of peacefulness. But on the early morning of March 25, 1865, it was anything but pacific. It was the roiling scene of two desperate armies; … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Fields: Where the 3rd Wisconsin’s Reconnaissance Fought at Cedar Mountain

ECW welcomes back guest author Chris Bryan As a four-hour artillery duel raged on the sweltering afternoon of August 9, 1862, Union and Confederate infantry under Major Generals Nathaniel Banks and Thomas J. Jackson arrived on the fields north of … Continue reading

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An Iowa Soldier’s First Combat Experience at Wilson’s Creek

Today marks the 159th anniversary of the Battle of Wilson’s Creek, fought on August 10, 1861 along the banks of the Wilson Creek, a mere twelve miles to the southwest of Springfield, Missouri. One of the first major battles of … Continue reading

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