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Have you read an unforgettable historical account of a child’s experience during the Civil War era?
Today is the anniversary of the Battle of Monocacy, fought in 1864 between Maj. Gen. Lew Wallace and Lt. Gen. Jubal Early. Wallace’s badly-outnumbered Federals aligned themselves along the Monocacy River, hoping to hold off the Confederates in a last-ditch … Continue reading
Mary Virginia Wade – better known as “Jennie Wade” – was the only woman shot and killed at Gettysburg. Or so the story goes. But is it true? What if there were other female casualties at Gettysburg? Women in the direct … Continue reading
(This is Part 2 of an article published yesterday) July 17, 1863 My dear Fanny I was very much surprised to have a letter from you dated at New York. I have been writing you at Brunswick. I wrote you … Continue reading
June 29 – 30, 1863 “My main point being to find and fight the enemy.” – George G. Meade Twenty-four hours into his command, General Meade showed no signs of hesitation and continued to push his army hard to bridge … Continue reading
The old man leaned on his cane, ignoring the aching war wound from decades before. It was such a beautiful day, and the walk had been pleasant, except for the last hundred yards. Maybe it’s just something about coming home … Continue reading
American history, and all history for that matter, is interpreted differently between each generation. It is influenced by major events within the society and culture. As a society today, we want things to be clear cut, one way or the … Continue reading
by Brian Matthew Jordan In an oft-cited 1998 essay, Edward L. Ayers appealed eloquently to his fellow Civil War historians. It was time, he maintained, to “worry” about the Civil War—to revive the paradoxes, uncertainties, and skepticism that celebratory chronicles … Continue reading
Many of our writers at ECW are also fathers. Our love and support goes out to them today (and every day) as they toil to tell the stories of other fathers, other children, other times.