Category Archives: Civil War Events

Revisiting “Battlefield Travesty” in Advance of a Clean-Up

A few months ago, I shared the unfortunate story of a Civil War site on the edge of the Chancellorsville battlefield that had fallen victim to vandalism and neglect. I’m pleased to report that local students, in partnership with local … Continue reading

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The 25th Anniversary Film Screening of Gettysburg

On October 13, 800 Civil War buffs packed into Gettysburg’s Majestic Theater for the 25th anniversary film screening of Gettysburg. Special guests—some of the film’s cast, the writer and director, and the composer—also attended the event. I was five when … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Kennesaw State University’s Upcoming Tour at Chickamauga

Looking for a battlefield tour focusing on the conflicts leading to the Battle of Chickamauga? ECW is pleased to share the following information from The Center for the Study of the Civil War Era at Kennesaw State University about their … 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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Roundtable Takeaways (part three)

In his introductory remarks to the Congress of Civil War Roundtables, Civil War News columnist Matt Borowick said, “This is a very important time for Civil War Roundtables.” He elaborated on that point during the afternoon question-and-answer session. “I see … Continue reading

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Roundtable Takeaways (part two)

The sessions at today’s national Congress of Civil War Roundtables—held at the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, PA—have offered a lot of interesting tips and insights. The third and fourth sessions focused on growing membership and effective use of … Continue reading

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Roundtable Takeaways (part one)

I’m at the national Civil War Congress, being held this week at the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Here are some takeaways from the morning session: Jay Jorgensen of the Robert E. Lee Civil War Roundtable of Central … Continue reading

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The 2018 Civil War Roundtable Congress

I’m in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, this weekend—at the National Civil War Museum—to attend the national Civil War Roundtable Congress. The Congress kindly invited me to offer their keynote address last night, and today, I’m sitting in on their workshops. More than … Continue reading

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The Trust’s Teacher Institute: Helping Teachers Teach History More Effectively

“What do historians do?” Bruce Lesh asks the room full of social studies teachers. The teachers offer answers: Solve problems. Research. Write. Argue. “In that discussion, we leave out the only thing we do in the classroom,” Lesh points out. … Continue reading

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Play Review – “Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley: From Slavery to Modiste”

In June 2018 I had the opportunity to attend a production of the new stage play Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley: From Slavery to Modiste at The Old Globe Theater in San Diego, California. Entering the theater, I was unfamiliar with the … Continue reading

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