Category Archives: Civil War in Pop Culture

Tying Young Women to Civil War History

by ECW Correspondent Meghan Hall Emma Bickford, a 19-year-old college student, finds herself lamenting the decline of interest in history, especially among her peers. Instead of watching the trend continue, Bickford decided to step up. She’s making an effort to … Continue reading

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Grant and Sherman, Maxfield and Ford, Standing by Each Other Always

by ECW Correspondent Joseph Giglio Polar opposites yet steadfast friends—Ulysses S. Grant and William T. Sherman. Now, a new play gives a glimpse into the enduring friendship of two of the Union’s most famous figures. Now We Stand by Each … Continue reading

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“Harriet”—Watch The Trailer

I always get enthusiastic about movies that feature Civil War history. Oftentimes, the films fall short of my expectations, but I think there might be real reason to hope for this new movie coming in late Autumn 2019. Called Harriet, … Continue reading

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A Conversation with Author Robert Conner on Grant’s Dying Days

One hundred and thirty-five years ago today, Ulysses S. Grant died on Mt. McGregor in Wilton, NY, just north of Saratoga Springs. Just days earlier, he had completed the draft of his memoirs. Robert Conner is a guide at the … Continue reading

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The Trust’s 2019 Teacher Institute: Where was the Civil War Won?

Once upon a time, in a decade not our own, a young “emerging” historian wrote a thesis paper for his master’s degree at Norwich University. The paper examined the eastern theater and the western theatre and asked, “Where was the … Continue reading

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These Men I Feel I Know, a Little, at Ox Ford

To the west, the sounds of industry clank and crunch through the forest. The insistent warning of a backing-up truck beep-beep-beeps in discordant competition. The gravel pit, nestled up to the edge of North Anna Battlefield Park, does not rest … Continue reading

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May 4: Rebels and A Galaxy Far, Far Away

It’s May Fourth, an anniversary date for the Battle of Chancellorsville…and it’s Star Wars Day. “May the fourth be with you.” Now, you’re probably thinking, “This is a Civil War history blog, and they are going really off topic if … Continue reading

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The Ballad of Black Bess

[Editor’s Note: With all that’s happening about Confederate monuments these days, it’s all right to remember a time when monuments to Confederate heroes became a source of humor.] Robert E. Lee had Traveller and Stonewall Jackson his Little Sorrel. Bedford … Continue reading

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The Battle of Atlanta Opens (the cyclorama, that is)

After a $35.8 million restoration project that spanned four years, the Atlanta History Center unveiled its Battle of Atlanta cyclorama late last month. In 2017, I had the privilege of getting a behind-the-scenes tour of the restoration project from the … Continue reading

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“Freedom!” Their Battle-Cry: 1863 Poetry For African American Soldiers

Poetry has many form and uses, and this writing form has legendarily been used to celebrate heroes. Some of the earliest epics in World History – Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey – were crafted in poetry form. Through meter, rhythm, and … Continue reading

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