Category Archives: Emerging Civil War

John Mosby & The Partisan Rangers

ECW is pleased to welcome back guest author Bill Backus In early March 1864, Lieutenant Charles White led a detachment of 40 troopers from the 13th Pennsylvania Cavalry from their encampment near Bristoe Station. Their mission was to scour the … Continue reading

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Rob and Bill and Blue & Gray

If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the latest issue of Blue & Gray magazine. The featured story this issue, the Potomac blockade, was written by ECW’s Rob Orrison and BIll Backus. Rob—a regular contributor at ECW—and Bill are … Continue reading

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Photographic History in Full Color

Colorizing vintage photographs is an intriguing practice among Civil War buffs—but it’s also a war of worth, where digital artists weigh potential historical inaccuracies against heightened storytelling. For many colorization experts and historians, ineffective practice can jeopardize the representation of well-known … Continue reading

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My Ancestor Wore Gray?

With six great-grandfathers who fought in the Civil War, that conflict has always been very personal to me.  Although all six fought for the Union, for a time I believed that one – Thomas C. Birch – was Confederate.  This … Continue reading

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ECW Digital Shorts – Supplies are the Great Question

At a gathering of Civil War historians I once overheard the statement: “Amateurs study tactics, pros study logistics.” Many would rightfully disagree, but it is certain that many eschew digging into the tedious logistical quagmire in preference to the more compelling … Continue reading

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Longstreet Goes West: Conclusions

James Longstreet’s time in the Western Theater has by and large, not garnered accolades. The prevailing western-centric view casts him as a haughty eastern interloper, come to further his own ambitions at Bragg’s expense. Historians of a more eastern bent … Continue reading

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“A remarkable military position” The Battle of Cockpit Point and the Potomac Blockade

On October 16, 1861 pro-Unionist Lewis McKenzie of Alexandria sent US Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles a report on the newly constructed Confederate batteries along the Potomac River. McKenzie called the batteries at Cockpit Point “a remarkable military position. … Continue reading

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Chickamauga and Resaca in March 2017

Dear readers, Some of you may know that every year I organize a two-day tour in March, to Chickamauga. This year, the dates are March 10-11, 2017. We will be exploring the new Georgia Park at Resaca, and then spending … Continue reading

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ECW Digital Shorts – The Union’s Great Crisis

This fall Emerging Civil War rolled out a soft release of three titles to kick off a new series called the Digital Shorts. These essays consist of extended blog posts, transcribed presentations, and “deleted scenes”–i.e., submissions that while well-written were … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 1/2-1/8/17

How about some setting some goals or dreams for the new year? Complete the list for yourself in a comment! In 2017, this Civil War book is #1 on my “to-read” list… In 2017, I’d like to visit (battlefield or … Continue reading

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