Category Archives: Books & Authors

ECW Coming to the Fredericksburg B&N!

With so many of our authors coming into town for the Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge in a couple weeks, we thought it would be fun to get out and meet our local readers. We’re pleased to be teaming up … Continue reading

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What Historians Really Do–Part 1

Elmer Ellsworth. This is the man who has been the focus of my intellectual life for over ten years, although there were times earlier that he was certainly in my sights. Who knows exactly why one person, one battle, one … Continue reading

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Don’t Give an Inch is “one big adrenaline rush”

Emerging Civil War’s latest book about Gettysburg tells the story of a battle hailed as “one, big adrenaline rush” by one of the book’s co-authors. Don’t Give An Inch: The Second Day At Gettysburg, July 2, 1863—from Little Round Top … Continue reading

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Remembering Pickett’s Charge

As has become our July 3 custom at ECW, we offer you Faulkner’s famous reflection in remembrance of Pickett’s Charge: For every Southern boy fourteen years old, not once but whenever he wants it, there is the instant when it’s … Continue reading

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“They Taught Us How to Die Like Soldiers”: The U.S. Regulars at Gettysburg

The fighting that occurred 153 years ago on the south end of the Gettysburg battlefield is some of the best known in American military history.  Names of key participants and individuals have been seared into the public conscience. Some gain … Continue reading

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July 1, 1884: Grant’s “New Disaster of Shiloh”

On July 1, 1884, editors of Century Magazine received a much-anticipated envelope from former president Ulysses S. Grant. Grant had agreed to write four articles for the magazine about his wartime experiences, which would kick off an upcoming series of … Continue reading

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The Future of Civil War History: Chris Mackowski

The stereotypical newsroom once looked something like this: A haze of blue smoke hangs just under the florescent tube lights hanging from the ceiling of a wide open room filled with desks piled high with stacks of paper. Reporters with … Continue reading

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Gettysburg: How Did They Get Here?

As I sit to compose this post, the importance of this day to Gettysburg history is not lost on me. My fingers quickly produce a cadenced clicking on the keys below them. My view beyond the screen of my laptop … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Seizing Destiny: The Army of the Potomac’s ‘Valley Forge’ and the Civil War Winter that Saved the Union”.

After the Federal disaster at Fredericksburg in December, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln moaned, “If there is a place worse than hell, I am in it.” The Union war effort, at least in the east, had been met repeatedly with setbacks, … Continue reading

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The Future of Civil War History: Meg Groeling

The society and culture that produced the Civil War is nowhere near as simple as military history would have one believe. To cling to these cherished simplicities–battle, campaign, and commander analysis alone–is to do little more than brush the surface … Continue reading

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