Category Archives: Common Soldier

Photographic Portraits: Cadets Identified, Girl Unknown

“Those are cadet uniforms,” I thought while sorting through thumbnail files of digitized Civil War images on Library of Congress’s website. It was not at all what I was looking for at the moment, but I bookmarked the page to … Continue reading

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Free ECW Podcast: Union Veterans & The Post-War Shenandoah Valley

How did northern Civil War veterans impact the Shenandoah Valley AFTER the war? ECW’s Chris Mackowski talks with Jonathan Noyalas, Jay Richardson, and Nikki Roland of Shenandoah University about their surprising research. Listen to the free podcast here!

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A Short Diary from Elmira

ECW welcomes guest author Ray Stoll The 98th Regiment New York National Guard is known only to those specializing in the Elmira prisoner camp. It was a 100-day unit organized for prison guard duty. An 18-year old farm boy named … Continue reading

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Tactical Innovation in the Civil War?

The mere typing of this blog post title fills me with dread and nervous anticipation. As an historian who does biography, I focus on the life story of my central character— how she developed her social and political beliefs, changed … Continue reading

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The Apple Barrage

Private William McCarter of the 116th Pennsylvania Infantry (Irish Brigade) wrote a colorful memoir and included this autumnal story about soldier and civilian interactions near Charlestown (now West Virginia) in October 1862. Here’s the account in his own words, and … Continue reading

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Genealogist of Note: Ryan Hendricks

I never particularly cared who my ancestors were, but I have learned to use ancestor.com, fold3, findagrave, etc. in my research. Nevertheless, when someone actually knows about their ancestor who fought in the Civil War, I admit my curiosity is … Continue reading

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To Spurn the Southern Scum? Union Soldier Motivation to Liberate Maryland in September 1862

Accounts abound of Union officers exhorting their men during the Battle of Gettysburg to fight ferociously as if the safety of their loved ones and their homes depended on it. On July 1, 1863, retreating Union cavalrymen passed through the … Continue reading

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Mountain Memorials: The Shelton Graves on the Appalachian Trail

ECW welcomes back guest author Michael Singleton To a hiker on the Appalachian Trail, the cluster of headstones on Big Butt Mountain are a scene out of place to the famous footpath. Known as the “Shelton Graves”, this site along … Continue reading

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The Immortal 17: Civil War Veterans on the Active Army List in 1909, Part 2

Author’s note: This is Part 2 of 2 listing the 17 officers still on the active army list four decades after the Civil War ended. You can find Part 1 here. 

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The Immortal 17: Civil War Veterans on the Active Army List in 1909, Part 1

While skimming old newspapers online, I discovered a fascinating article published on May 30, 1909, in the New-York Tribune. It was titled, “Memorial Day This Year Finds Sixteen Veterans of The Civil War Still on The Active List of U.S. … Continue reading

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