Category Archives: Civilian

Railroads: Women Refugees and the Railroads

Over the course of the Civil War, thousands of civilians left their homes and became refugees seeking safety. Several thoughts and questions quickly went into the minds of those put into unimaginable situations that turned their lives upside down. Where … Continue reading

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Railroads – Her Journey: Ladies Traveling In Mid-19th Century America

The Civil War gave women reasons to travel like they had never had before. Some refugeed away from the armies. Others journeyed to be with loved ones in military camps or hospitals. Others packed their trunks, stretched society’s traditional feminine … Continue reading

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John Henry Myer of Myer’s Hill

We told you in September about a major acquisition the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust was making on the Spotyslvania Court House battlefield: Myer’s Hill, scene of action on May 14, 1864. We’re pleased today to welcome guest historian John F. … Continue reading

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Railroads: “I took to it quite naturally.” Beauregard as Railroad Executive

In 1865 P.G.T. Beauregard entered upon his next act of life widowed, defeated, and without much money. Beauregard returned to New Orleans, which had escaped the destruction that laid waste other cities. It was still a premiere commercial center and … Continue reading

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General Joshua L. Chamberlain and a Fatherhood Journey

On October 18, 1864, Brigadier General Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain wrote a letter to his wife, Frances Caroline. This letter – though written during the war period – is unique and gives a glimpse of fatherhood, rather than war. Chamberlain is … Continue reading

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The Rise of Spirit Photography

As we near Halloween, thoughts of ghosts and spirits often come to the minds of visitors at historic places. I have recently started getting questions about ghosts, and this got me thinking about spirits “seen” by people in the 19th … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: An 18th Century Living History Event at Ellwood Manor

Our colleagues at the Friends of Wilderness Battlefield sent along this great Weekender opportunity for the end of the month. Not only is it an opportunity to visit Ellwood on the Chancellorsville and Wilderness battlefields, but a way to look … Continue reading

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Where is Aunt Becky?

As I was reading some old issues of the National Tribune the other day, I came across the following notice from the July 26, 1883. My mother’s name is Becky, so of course my cousins all call her “Aunt Becky,” … Continue reading

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All Star President of the New York Mutuals Captain Jack Wildey–Part 2

When the 11th New York got back to Washington and took stock of their situation, it did not look good: almost seventy men had been sent to Richmond as prisoners and as many as 177 were lost to action. At … Continue reading

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“The Last Notable American Duel”: California and its influence on the Civil War

Part of a series about California & The Civil War Lately, there has been a rumble here in California that cannot be attributed to another earthquake. As Civil War historians widen their scope, it must be observed that the real … Continue reading

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