Category Archives: Civil War Events

Was Grant “The Silent Man”?

Was Ulysses S. Grant “the silent man”? He certainly had a reputation for it in his time, and since then, his purported silence has contributed to the perception that Grant was/is sphinx-like. Later this month, I’ll have the privilege to … Continue reading

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On the Porch at Grant Cottage

I’m pleased to pass along (with permission) a neat treat shared with me by Ben Kemp, director of operations at Grant Cottage. This family portrait of Ulysses and Julia Grant at the Cottage, surrounded by their kids and grandkids, has … Continue reading

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Symposium Recap (postscript): Garry Adelman in Motion

One of the things I’ve come to enjoy the most about working with Garry Adelman is his exuberant energy and expressiveness. He is renown among Civil War audiences for his animation and enthusiasm. And I have to tell you, what … Continue reading

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Book Review: A House Built by Slaves

A House Built by Slaves offers a portrait of Abraham Lincoln, as seen through the eyes – the usually-but-not-uniformly-sympathetic eyes – of black visitors to the White House. The narrative also combines accounts of these visits with accounts of the … Continue reading

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Symposium Spotlight: Great “What Ifs” Interview

Interested in knowing more about our particular approach to “What Ifs”? In April, Brian Matthew Jordan and Chris Mackowski sat down with the Civil War Roundtable Congress for a talk about the latest ECW book Great What Ifs of the … Continue reading

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Weekender: Gettysburg 159th

It’s the 159th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg this weekend. If you can’t be there yourself but wish you could be, the American Battlefield Trust is offering the next best thing: live videos all weekend long. Watch along here … Continue reading

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Echoes of Reconstruction: Grant’s Bicentennial and His Changing Assessment

ECW is pleased to welcome back Patrick Young, author of The Reconstruction Era blog Last month’s commemorations of the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Ulysses S. Grant helped to place the general and president in the perspectives of the various decades … Continue reading

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Fredericksburg Luminaria 2022

After a COVID-related hiatus of a couple years, the annual Memorial Day Luminaria at Fredericksburg National Cemetery returned last night.

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“Battlefield Season”

“Battlefield season,” as I refer to early May, is always an especially busy time of year for me. Of the five battlefields I live among, the battles of Chancellorsville, Wilderness, and Spotsylvania all took place in early and mid-May, with … Continue reading

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Happy 200th Birthday, Ulysses S. Grant!

I think we sometimes forget the magnitude of what Ulysses S. Grant did: he saved the United States of America. That’s no small thing, saving the country. And he did so in a way that ensured the end of slavery, … Continue reading

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