Category Archives: Emerging Civil War

ECW on C-SPAN: Chris Kolakowski

Look for more great coverage on C-SPAN 3 this weekend from last August’s Fifth Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge. This Saturday, at 6:00 p.m., EDT, you can see the debut of Chris Kolakowski’s talk, “Grant Takes Command.” … Continue reading

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ECW on C-SPAN: Rea Andrew Redd and the Election of 1864

C-SPAN 3’s coverage of the Fifth Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge continues this weekend. You can watch Rea Andrew Redd discuss the Election of 1864 at 6 p.m. EDT on Saturday. Here’s a preview: https://www.c-span.org/video/?449402-2/1864-presidential-election Bert Dunkerly’s … Continue reading

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ECW on C-SPAN: Bert Dunkerly

ECW’s Bert Dunkerly makes his C-SPAN appearance from the Fifth Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge this evening. Bert offered an overview of our “Turning Points” theme to kick off the Symposium. His talk will debut tonight on … 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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The Battle of Aiken: “Why spend the effort to write a book on a battle that didn’t last very long or have many casualties?”

“Why would you spend the time and effort to write a book on a battle that only lasted a few minutes and which had minimal casualties?” I wish I had a dollar for every time that I’ve been asked that … Continue reading

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Prisoner of War or Constructive Deserter?

It pays to read the (often lengthy) footnotes when researching first-person accounts in the venerable Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Seemingly minor vignettes can speak to big issues. An article by Colonel Rush C. Hawkins describing his service … Continue reading

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“A Fury Unequaled”: A North Carolinian’s Account of Antietam

Finding personal accounts of battlefield experiences always raises my eyebrows, as it does for many of you. The details and immediate stories they contain are the stuff historians crave. When I read the account of James W. Shinn, a soldier … Continue reading

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Antietam Eve: The Night of September 16, 1862

“The quiet that precedes a battle has something of the terrible in it,” wrote an Ohio soldier recalling the night of September 16, 1862. That night in the fields and woodlots surrounding Sharpsburg was an awful night for those who … Continue reading

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Perspectives from Cincinnati – Takeaways from the Civil War Congress

Darryl R. Smith from the Cincinnati Civil War Round Table shares his thoughts from the recent Civil War Round Table Congress, adding another perspective and voice to event discussions. Convinced by a fellow board member to attend the recent Civil … Continue reading

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ECW’s August 2019 Newsletter Now Available!

Have you received your August ECW newsletter yet? If not, you can check it out here. In this issue: 

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