Category Archives: Campaigns

Opening the Mine Run Campaign at Germanna Ford and Creating a History of Our Own

Everything was brown: the barren trees, the fallen leaves, the river itself as it pushed between the high banks on either side. Even the crushed gravel of the path was somehow brown as it wound down the hillside from the … Continue reading

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Fighting Rebels and Fighting Fires: The Life of George F. Griffin (Part 1/2)

Sometime around midnight of April 19, 1880, a defective range stove started a fire on the first floor of No. 18, Travers Street, in Boston, Massachusetts. A passing patrolman in the police department saw the flames and raced to a … Continue reading

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2020 ECW Symposium Full Line-Up Announced

Welcome back to the first installment of our Symposium Spotlight series for the 2020 Emerging Civil War Symposium. Several weeks ago we announced our theme, “Fallen Leaders of the Civil War,” along with our keynote speaker, Gordon Rhea. Historian Rhea … Continue reading

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ECW on C-SPAN3: Mine Run

The “forgotten battle” of Mine Run comes to C-SPAN 3’s “American History TV” this weekend—just in time for the anniversary of the campaign later this month! Chris Mackowski’s talk from the Sixth Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge, … Continue reading

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New Market: Lee’s Message to Breckinridge

Today, I’m prepping notes for another Battle of New Market presentation, and as I went through General Lee’s letters to General Breckinridge again, the wording grabbed my attention. Take a look:

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A Casualty at Antietam

The afternoon grew late before the 23rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry finally joined the fray. The battle at Antietam had waged since the early morning hours of September 17, 1863. However, as part of Maj. Gen. Ambrose Burnside’s IX Corps, the … Continue reading

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Mapping the Tullahoma Campaign

As the presentations from this year’s Emerging Civil War Symposium air on C-Span3 I will publish the map I made to accompany each talk. Because our theme this year was “Forgotten Battles” I knew that some of the topics might … Continue reading

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Antietam Eve: September 16, 1862

Each of the approximately 100,000 soldiers bivouacked in the fields and woodlots around Sharpsburg, Maryland and along Antietam Creek knew what the morrow would bring. With the Army of Northern Virginia and the Army of the Potomac having been in … Continue reading

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Playing the numbers: Robert E. Lee, the Army of Northern Virginia, and Maryland in 1862

The Army of Northern Virginia crossed the Potomac River into Maryland on September 4, 1862, embarking on what history has come to call The Antietam (or Sharpsburg) Campaign. In three months, since Lee took command outside Richmond, he had won … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 9/16-9/22/19

Since we did western theater last week, it seems only fair to feature the question for the east! In your opinion…in the eastern theater, what was the most Confederate raid/campaign into Northern states or territories? Why?

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