Category Archives: Civilian

Flowers For Kate

Yesterday was the first day of spring! Who is ready for the chilly weather to end? Can’t wait for those perfect seventy degree days and to see the tulips burst into bloom? Out here in Southern California, we got a spring heat wave … Continue reading

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Battlefield Absolution: Father William Corby

Emerging Civil War welcomes back Michael Aubrecht In times of war, spirituality often counters tragic and catastrophic experiences. Many soldiers pray for both physical and spiritual healing as well as forgiveness for the actions they commit in the name of … Continue reading

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The Second City

The Civil War defined America – that statement is heard often in many quarters. We use that phrase in ECW’s tagline. Many effects from that conflict are quite visible in today’s America, while others are not as apparent at first … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: William McKinley

As President’s Day weekend is upon us, it would be altogether fitting and proper to have an ECW Weekender post related to the holiday.

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Question of the Week: 2/13-2/19/17

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner… Do you have a favorite real-life love story from the Civil War era? (No fictional characters!)

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Book Review: Gathering to Save a Nation: Lincoln & the Union’s War Governors by Stephen D. Engle

The study of the American Civil War is changing. Of course, there will always be battle studies and biographies of generals, but there is a pivot away from this strictly military point of view. Scholars are examining the war in … Continue reading

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New Edition of Antebellum Novel Explores Race Relations in the North

by ECW Correspondent Amelia Kibbe Megan Walsh first read Frank J. Webb’s The Garies and Their Friends while riding the transportation system in downtown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the setting for Webb’s 1857 work. As she traveled the streets just blocks away … Continue reading

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Petersburg’s Second Presbyterian Church and the Christmas of 1864

Emerging Civil War is pleased to welcome guest author Mike Wright. The Christmas season of 1864 at Petersburg would never be forgotten by the soldiers who manned the trenches or the citizens of the town, including the members at Second … Continue reading

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In Memory of Stonewall’s Mother

On this date in 1831, seven-year-old Thomas Jonathan Jackson lost his mother. Julia (Jackson) Woodson was thirty-three years old and had suffered for yours from a pulmonary ailment that turned out to be tuberculosis. Since her husband’s death five years … Continue reading

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Civil War Cookin’: Learning To Make Bread

Baking bread. Have you ever tried it? You know, yeast bread. Mix, knead, rise, knead, rise, bake. Time consuming. (I cheat and use a bread maker.) Back in the Civil War days, they prepared their bread without the convenience of … Continue reading

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