Category Archives: ECW Weekender

ECW Weekender: Vicksburg National Military Park

An ECW colleague emailed me a note the other day: “I’m reading the Vicksburg/Tullahoma book, and really enjoyed your article about visiting Vicksburg. I’ve never been and I’m more motivated now than ever.” The article he mentioned was based on … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Snow at Spotsylvania

The Virginia snow storm this week made national news as once again weather conditions prevented anyone from advancing on Richmond. Though the restoration of the power grid and the arrival of plows and salt seemed to take as long as … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Parker’s Crossroads Battlefield Park

Today is the anniversary of the December 31, 1862, battle of Parker’s Cross Roads in central Tennessee. The battle marks the culmination of Nathan Bedford Forrest’s west Tennessee campaign. Two Union forces converged on Forrest from opposite directions, forcing Forrest … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Wreaths Across America 2021

On December 18, 2021, at more than 2,500 locations across the United States holiday wreaths will be placed on the graves of U.S. service members. While Arlington National Cemetery may be the most famous location of Wreaths Across America, many … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: The End of the Line

There is a line in the movie Gettysburg where General Strong Vincent says to Colonel Joshua L. Chamberlain, “You’re the end of the line.” Vincent has emphasized that the Maine unit occupies a key spot, and cannot withdraw or retreat. … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: The Fox Cemetery & Trail

Not all who wander are looking for history, but for those who are…Fox Hollow Trail in Shenandoah National Park offers some real gems, investigative clues, and fuel for the imagination. When I started off on the mile long trail which … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Texas Civil War Museum – The Largest Civil War Museum West of the Mississippi

“Everything is bigger in Texas,” so the saying goes. In terms of history, that holds true in some respects. Though there were few engagements on Texan soil during the Civil War, many soldiers traveled far from home to serve in … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Upcoming Events at the Congressional Cemetery

As the end of October approaches, are you looking for a historic cemetery to explore? Or have you ever heard of a 5K race through an old graveyard? Located in Washington D.C., the Congressional Cemetery has been a marked burial … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Ball’s Bluff Battlefield Regional Park

A few weekends ago I need an escape where trees, water, and history could be found. With the 160th anniversary of the Battle of Ball’s Bluff coming up and since the 20th Massachusetts accidentally became my regiment of the year … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Shenandoah Valley Trips from the Blog Archives

Thinking about a trip to Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley this autumn? We’ve rounded up the ECW Weekender posts and organized them… Happy travels! (And if you take some photos at Civil War sites, tag us on social media.) Maryland Heights Overlook, … Continue reading

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