Category Archives: Campaigns

Continuous Contact: Grant’s Tactical Doctrine in the Eastern Theater

ECW welcomes back guest author Nathan Provost “In every battle there comes a time when both sides consider themselves beaten. Then he who continues the attack wins.”[1] This quote by Ulysses Grant, general-in-chief of Federal forces, signifies the grand tactic … Continue reading

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C’mon, Cump!

In his recent, admiring biography of William Tecumseh Sherman, Brian Holden Reid terms him a “dazzling literary stylist.” Well, watch out for that razzle-dazzle, at least in Sherman’s Memoirs (1875). I am not the first to notice that in his … Continue reading

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Please—no more Jonesboropia!

In my new book, Texas Brigadier to the Fall of Atlanta: John Bell Hood (Mercer University Press, December 2019), I coin a word, Jonesboropia, to refer to the persistent myth that the battle of Jonesboro, fought south of Atlanta on … Continue reading

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A Gem from the Gilder Lehrman

A century and a half after the war, we’re still finding cool stuff. I’ll give an example from my new book, Texas Brigadier to the Fall of Atlanta: John Bell Hood (Mercer, 2019). In my research I was perusing Kirk … Continue reading

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The author speaks out on his work: Texas Brigadier to the Fall of Atlanta: John Bell Hood

Every Civil War historian hopes that her/his work will add a few nuggets to the literature. Here’s a candidate from my recent book, Texas Brigadier to the Fall of Atlanta: John Bell Hood (Mercer University Press, 2019). In Stephen M. … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: The Bliss Farm

Part of a series. Just like many farms on the Gettysburg Battlefield, the roughly 60-acre farm of William and Adeline Bliss lay in the no-mans land of the Gettysburg battlefield, and in the midst of the battle, the Bliss barn … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: The First Shot Marker

Part of a series. On the morning of July 1, 1863, the men of Maj. Gen. Henry Heth’s division strode confidently toward the town of Gettysburg. Heth was a recent addition to the Army of Northern Virginia, having served at … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 6/15-6/21/2020

Last week’s question featured the Gettysburg Campaign, and we’re also in the Vicksburg Campaign/Siege season, so… In your opinion, what’s the key event of the Vicksburg campaign before July 4th?

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Question of the Week: 6/8-6/14/2020

It’s Gettysburg Campaign season… In your opinion, what’s the key event of the campaign prior to the big battle in Pennsylvania?

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Lee’s Last Great Field Victory: A Reassessment of Cold Harbor

ECW welcomes guest author Nathan Provost. On June 3, 1864, Federal soldiers waited anxiously to assault the seven-mile-long Confederate line near Mechanicsville, Virginia. The largest engagement of the battle of Cold Harbor was about to take place. Unbeknownst to them, … Continue reading

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