Category Archives: Emerging Civil War

Stand in the Cemetery: George Washington Getty and the Battle of Cedar Creek

Following the engagement at Tom’s Brook on Oct. 9, 1864, Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan’s Union Army of the Shenandoah continued north toward Winchester. Sheridan eventually put his men into camp along a stream known as Cedar Creek south of the … Continue reading

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The Naval Civil War in Theaters Near and Far

Civil War military history occurs in the context of “theaters” including the Eastern, the Western, and the Trans-Mississippi with sub-theaters within each. This framework organizes operations in terms of discrete location, environment, interacting events, influences, and consequences. The naval side … Continue reading

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ECW Week in Review Oct. 9-15

We’ve had another busy week here at Emerging Civil War. Our ongoing series on the Mexican War continued along with coverage of the presentations from the Fourth Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium. Remember, the Early Bird rate is still available … Continue reading

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Continued C-SPAN 3 Coverage of Fourth Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium

Last week, we announced that C-SPAN 3 would air talks from this year’s Fourth Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium. Their coverage will continue this weekend. Kelly Mezurek’s presentation, “Rebel Soldiers and Darkies on Guard over Them! Race, Retaliation, and Black … Continue reading

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Emerging Civil War Panel on C-SPAN

This past July during the Gettysburg Anniversary, members of Emerging Civil War participated in a panel discussion hosted by the Gettysburg Heritage Center. Our friends at C-SPAN were on hand to televise the panel. The discussion centered around interpreting the … Continue reading

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“I know it will gratify you when I tell you nearly every wound was inflicted with the saber.”

“I know it will gratify you when I tell you nearly every wound was inflicted with the saber.” So wrote Col. Edward M. McCook at 2:00 a.m. on October 3rd, 1863, in a dispatched dashed off to Acting Union Cavalry … Continue reading

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Garfield and Chamberlain

On June 14, 1881, Joshua L. Chamberlain of Brunswick, Maine, wrote a letter to President James A. Garfield.  The President’s wife, Lucretia Rudolph Garfield, had been ill with malaria for much of the spring, and Chamberlain offered this advice: It … Continue reading

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ECW Announces Keynote Speaker for the 2018 ECW Symposium at Stevenson Ridge!

Emerging Civil War is delighted to announce the keynote speaker for our Fifth Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge, to be held Aug. 3-5, 2018: former Gettysburg National Battlefield Supervisory Historian Scott Hartwig. The theme of the symposium … Continue reading

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Voices of the Maryland Campaign: September 18, 1862

The detritus of war littered the fields, woodlots, and roadways around Sharpsburg. Both armies, winded from the desperate fighting of America’s bloodiest day, collected themselves, began the process of burying their dead and removing their wounded, and awaited whatever might … Continue reading

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A Confederate at Antietam

You never know what you will find in an archival collection. Back in June, I spent a day at Emory University, digging through their vast Civil War holdings, much of which were collected by the late (and great) Bell I. … Continue reading

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