Category Archives: Books & Authors

A Conversation with Brian Steel Wills about Inglorious Passages (part one)

(part one of two) When I first read Brian Steel Wills’ book Inglorious Passages: Noncombat Deaths in the American Civil War, I had to let it sit with me for a bit. By that, I mean that I’d had such … 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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Book Review: “The Camel Regiment”

When he served as the U.S. Secretary of War, Jefferson Davis had the grand idea of importing camels. The camels, Davis reasoned, would be perfect animals to use in fighting among the far western reaches of America’s deserts, and thus … Continue reading

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Civil War News‘s November Annual “Book Issue”

I happen to be Book Review Editor for Civil War News, the nation’s monthly newspaper for enthusiasts. For our November issue I helped CWN Publisher Jack Melton plan some nifty features for the issue. 

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Haunted by Typos

Like a lot of writers, I hate to look at my material once it’s gone into print. When I do, a typo inevitably jumps off the page and slaps me in the face. It’s not because my pieces are riddled … Continue reading

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Podcast Additional Resources: “Civil War Publishing”

Last week we released an episode of the Emerging Civil War Podcast about Civil War publishing with a special discussion with Chris Mackowski, Kris White, and Ted Savas. Have you listened to it yet via Patreon? We’ve rounded up some blog posts … Continue reading

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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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