Category Archives: Civil War in Pop Culture

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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Reconsidering “Gettysburg”

ECW welcomes guest author Tom McMillan I was at a movie theatre in suburban Pittsburgh on an otherwise forgettable rainy Tuesday night in the fall of 1993. “I left my spectacles over there,” General Robert E. Lee of the Confederate … Continue reading

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Twain, the War and Life on the Mississippi

For Civil War News I recently wrote a piece on how Ulysses S. Grant managed to finish his Personal Memoirs just before his death in 1885. My article proved so long that CWN Publisher Jack Melton split it for two … Continue reading

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A New Find for New Hope Church

It’s always fun to find new tidbits in the course of research, and while working on my new book about the Mine Run campaign, I found a particularly cool piece that I was excited to share. This image, a watercolor … Continue reading

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2018 Sees Another Turkey Pardon

Sometimes Fall and its attendant holidays seem sad. We have to see people we may not really care to see, we miss those who are no longer with us, and everyone just seems sort of on edge when it comes … Continue reading

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