Category Archives: Books & Authors

ECW Podcast “Civil War Publishing” Is Now Available

If you’re an ECW fan, we know that you love history books! And in our second podcast for October, you’ll get to hear a discussion between some of our authors and a respected publisher. Head over to our podcast platform … Continue reading

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“Cadet Evans Climbed On The Cannon”

If you hear “Battle of New Market”, what comes to your mind? Likely, it’s either slight confusion with the Battle of New Market Heights and the USCT who fought there or the idealized images of young cadets capturing cannons. The … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: A Day in the Life of a Soldier

Here’s a phenomenal ECW Weekender opportunity from the Friends of the Wilderness Battlefield. Hear first-person portrayals of the lives of Union and Confederate soldiers and surgeons. Take a walking tour of the Wilderness Tavern and the grounds of Ellwood. Also, … Continue reading

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The Battle of Aiken: “Why spend the effort to write a book on a battle that didn’t last very long or have many casualties?”

“Why would you spend the time and effort to write a book on a battle that only lasted a few minutes and which had minimal casualties?” I wish I had a dollar for every time that I’ve been asked that … Continue reading

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Antietam Eve: The Night of September 16, 1862

“The quiet that precedes a battle has something of the terrible in it,” wrote an Ohio soldier recalling the night of September 16, 1862. That night in the fields and woodlots surrounding Sharpsburg was an awful night for those who … Continue reading

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Rhea’s On to Petersburg Chosen for ECW Book Award

Emerging Civil War (ECW) has selected On to Petersburg: Grant and Lee, June 4-15, 1864 by Gordon Rhea as the recipient of its book award for this year. “On to Petersburg represents the worthy culmination of twenty years of outstandingly … Continue reading

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Where Valor Proudly Sleeps (part two)

(part two of two) When Don Pfanz first began researching the history of the Fredericksburg National Cemetery, he compiled it into a report from Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. That’s where I first came across Don’s work, years ago. … Continue reading

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Where Valor Proudly Sleeps (part one)

(part one of two) We’ve spent a lot of time and attention on Turning Points of the Civil War lately. Our first book in the Engaging the Civil War Series, published in cooperation with Southern Illinois University Press, tied into … Continue reading

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Book Review: “The Last Siege: The Mobile Campaign, Alabama 1865”

When Ulysses S. Grant looked back at the 1865 Mobile Campaign, he had an uncharitable view of the victory, writing that it was “eminently successful, but without any good result. Indeed much valuable property was destroyed and many lives lost … Continue reading

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Exploring Fredericksburg’s History & Biography

by ECW Correspondent Katherine Duffek Imagine the history of a city, neatly lined up on a bookshelf. Every year, more and more of that history gets published and added to the shelf. That’s what you would see if you walked … Continue reading

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