Category Archives: Battles

Fredericksburg: Animated – Courtesy of American Battlefield Trust

For many of us at Emerging Civil War, Fredericksburg and its battlefield are familiar territory, even places where some of us started our journeys as public historians. And for those authors and editors in other parts of the country, Fredericksburg … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 12/10-16/18

The anniversary of the Battle of Fredericksburg is coming up this week, and we’re going to try something slightly different for Questions of the Week. Share the best quote/observation about this battle (primary source or history book) in a comment … Continue reading

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The Evening Smoke and Armchair Generalling After Mine Run

On the evening of December 2, the Army of the Potomac settled back into its camps around Brandy Station and Culpeper, exactly where they’d departed from just a week earlier. The baffling—and frigid—events of the campaign weighed fresh on their … Continue reading

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From Lee’s Side of Mine Run

The story of Mine Run is generally remembered thus: The Army of the Potomac found themselves facing a strongly fortified Confederate position that was so formidable, George Gordon Meade declined to attack and, instead, retreated back to the far side … Continue reading

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Deconstructing Meade’s Decision at Mine Run

On the morning of November 30, 1863, Gouverneur K. Warren awoke to a surprise. The evening before, he had positioned nearly half of the Army of the Potomac on the far Confederate right, poised for an attack at 8:00 the … Continue reading

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Facebook LIVE from Payne’s Farm 155

Today is the 155th anniversary of the battle of Payne’s Farm, the most significant action of the Mine Run Campaign. I had the chance to commemorate the day with the American Battlefield Trust out in the field and on Facebook … Continue reading

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2019 ECW Symposium Keynote Speaker Announced!

During Emerging Civil War’s Fifth Annual Symposium this past August, we teased our keynote speaker for the 2019 Symposium. Today, we wanted to give you a little bit more information about this amazing opportunity to hear A. Wilson Greene on … Continue reading

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Railroads: The B&O and the Battle of Monocacy

Eric Wittenberg has written an overview of the B&O here. The following blog post examines the B&O’s role more in depth as it pertains to the events leading up to the Battle of Monocacy. Messages kept coming across the desk … Continue reading

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Railroads – “The Seventh Have Come!”: The 7th New York, 8th Massachusetts, and the Rescue of Washington

Emerging Civil War welcomes back guest author Nathan Marzoli Washington was in trouble in the spring of 1861. Secessionist fever had broken into conflict with the attack on Fort Sumter, prompting President Lincoln to issue a call three days later for 75,000 … Continue reading

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Railroads: A Little Music, A Little History About A Great Locomotive Chase

You’ve probably heard of Andrews’ Raid…but have you heard the musical piece by Robert W. Smith memorializing this ill-fated Civil War adventure on the tracks?

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