Category Archives: Books & Authors

The Saltpetre Poems

Students and devotees of the great Emory Professor Bell I. Wiley are very familiar with The Bell Irvin Wiley Reader, edited by Hill Jordan, James I. Robertson, Jr., and J. H. Segars (LSU Press, 2001).   Researching for the book, Mr. … Continue reading

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Time to Talk (Civil War) Books: A Conversation with Marc Ramsey—part five

Part five of five In today’s final installment of my conversation with Marc Ramsey of Owens & Ramsey Bookseller, we talk a bit about the overall health of the book business and how that impacts Marc as a specialized seller. … Continue reading

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Time to Talk (Civil War) Books: A Conversation with Marc Ramsey—part four

Part four of five In yesterday’s segment of my interview with bookseller Marc Ramsey of Owens & Ramsey Booksellers, he mentioned a recent book panel he served on where he doled out his best-book recommendations for 2016. But now, he said, … Continue reading

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Time to Talk (Civil War) Books: A Conversation with Marc Ramsey—part three

Part three of five My conversation continues with Marc Ramsey, owner of Owens & Ramsey Booksellers in suburban Richmond. Yesterday, Marc talked about falling in love with the Civil War through books and through battlefielding. Eventually, that led to a career … Continue reading

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Time to Talk (Civil War) Books: A Conversation with Marc Ramsey—part two

Part two of five We’re continuing my conversation with Marc Ramsey, owner of Owens & Ramsey Bookseller in suburban Richmond, Virginia. Yesterday, after getting an orientation to his shop, Marc began to tell me a little about the shop’s general … Continue reading

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Time to Talk (Civil War) Books: A Conversation with Marc Ramsey—part one

Part of one five Walking into Marc Ramsey’s Civil War bookshop, Owens & Ramsey, was like walking into my dream library. Stacks and stacks and shelves and shelves of Civil War books ran the length of the shop, with more … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Salisbury Confederate Prison Symposium

Numerous conferences and symposiums that specialize in the American Civil War often examine the many famed battles, important and leading figures, and the memory and monuments of the war itself. We were recently notified by Sue Curtis, chair of the … Continue reading

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Underground Railroad Wins Pulitzer in Fiction

The Pulitzer Prizes were announced this afternoon, and while most of the attention goes to the journalism awards, the Pulitzer committee also makes awards in arts & letters. This year’s winner for fiction was Colson Whitehead’s novel The Underground Railroad. ECW’s … Continue reading

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A Look Back at Petersburg’s Breakthrough

April 2 marked the anniversary of the Union breakthrough at Petersburg, paving the way for the collapse of the entire Confederate line and the retreat to Appomattox. As it happens, we have one of the foremost authorities on the Breakthrough … Continue reading

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A Quick Writing Lesson with Foote and Faulkner

One of the important lessons I tell my writing students is, “Punctuation serves as a guidepost to tell your readers how to read your writing.” To illustrate my point, I use a sentence from Shelby Foote’s The Stars in Their Courses: … Continue reading

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