Category Archives: Books & Authors

Recent Book Begins to Trace the Path of Maine at War

by ECW Correspondent Meghan Hall Over the course of several years, Brian Swartz’s research led him to realize that his home state of Maine had been underappreciated in larger narratives about the Civil War, despite the wealth of meticulous records … Continue reading

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Grant and Sherman, Maxfield and Ford, Standing by Each Other Always

by ECW Correspondent Joseph Giglio Polar opposites yet steadfast friends—Ulysses S. Grant and William T. Sherman. Now, a new play gives a glimpse into the enduring friendship of two of the Union’s most famous figures. Now We Stand by Each … Continue reading

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Greene’s A Campaign of Giants Selected for ECW Book Award

Emerging Civil War has chosen A. Wilson Greene’s A Campaign of Giants: The Battle for Petersburg (UNC Press, 2018) as the recipient of this year’s ECW Book Award. The Emerging Civil War Book Award recognizes a work of Civil War history … Continue reading

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What About What-If?

Our question of the week this morning, which dealt with a hypothetical what-if scenario, coincidentally touched on something that’s been on my own mind lately. Do you have your own favorite Civil War alternative history? If so, what is it, … Continue reading

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A Conversation with Philip Gerard on The Last Battleground (conclusion)

Part six of six We’ve been talking this week with Philip Gerard, author of The Last Battleground: The Civil War Comes to North Carolina (UNC Press, 2019). During the course of my conversation with him, one thing theme that has … Continue reading

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A Conversation with Philip Gerard on The Last Battleground (part five)

Part five of six Good storytelling can get at aspects of history that can otherwise end up overlooked. Yesterday in our conversation with writer Philip Gerard, he talked about the importance of that in his new book, The Last Battleground: … Continue reading

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A Conversation with Philip Gerard on The Last Battleground (part four)

Part four of six Philip Gerard says “North Carolina has this sort of schizophrenic personality as a state.” In yesterday’s segment about his book The Last Battleground: The Civil War Comes to North Carolina (UNC Press, 2019), he talked about … Continue reading

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“Best Little Book on Barnard”

Historical Publications LLC of Charleston, S.C. is proud to announce publication of its new paperback, 100 Significant Civil War Photographs: Atlanta Campaign author by our own ECWer Stephen Davis. Steve writes that Mathew Brady, Alexander Gardner and Timothy O’Sullivan are … Continue reading

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A Conversation with Philip Gerard on The Last Battleground (part three)

Part three of six We’re talking this week with author Philip Gerard about his new book The Last Battleground: The Civil War Comes to North Carolina (UNC Press, 2019). Chris Mackowski: You mention in the foreword of your book that … Continue reading

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A Conversation with Philip Gerard on The Last Battleground (part two)

Part two of six Yesterday, we began a conversation with author Philip Gerard about his excellent new book The Last Battleground: The Civil War Comes to North Carolina (UNC Press, 2019). “I started out knowing pretty much nothing about the … Continue reading

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