Category Archives: Emerging Civil War

June 2022 Emerging Civil War Newsletter Now Available

What better way to start out the week than with the good news in the June 2022 Emerging Civil War newsletter? We sent it out to subscribers on Monday—but you can still read it, too! In this issue:

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Celebrating ECW’s 7,000

In case you need a reason to celebrate or raise a glass this Friday night, please join Emerging Civil War in toasting our 7000th blog post! (The actual 7000th was actually published earlier today.) Sending a big thank you to … Continue reading

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Shaw’s Sword

Yesterday, I shared a cool artifact from the Massachusetts Historical Society‘s collection, which Kris White and I had the chance to explore as part of a project we’re working on for the American Battlefield Trust. I wanted to pass along … Continue reading

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Forged in Fire – The Battle of Athens, Missouri, Part II

For Part I of this Series, click here.  In August 1861, Athens, Missouri was a bustling river town in the extreme northeastern corner of the state, perched just across the Des Moines River from the Iowa border. With over 500 … Continue reading

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Book Review: Cedar Mountain to Antietam, A Civil War Campaign History of the Union XII Corps, July – September 1862

  If one is familiar with a Savas Beatie publication, the reader understands a few prerequisites. The book will be well-researched and include historical analysis that enhances and expands ones knowledge base into another aspect of America’s military past. Author … Continue reading

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May 2022 ECW Newsletter Now Available

Did you get your May 2022 ECW Newsletter today? If not, you’re missing out on the latest news from ECW (because, of course, that’s what a newsletter is supposed to contain). In this issue:

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The Bullard Boys – Tragedy For A Mississippi Family

A closer examination of a single family during the war can sometimes reveal much about the universal struggles and hardships of the average soldier and civilian. One family was the recipient of a letter written by one new volunteer of … Continue reading

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The Lincoln-Douglas Debates Continue: The Supreme Court and Choice

The following is revised from an article first posted here on November 3, 2016. Politics and the Supreme Court are much in the news today, as they were in 1858 when Abraham Lincoln debated Stephen Douglas for the U.S. Senate … Continue reading

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A Tale of Three Hammets

On May 14, 1864, just north of the Green family cabin, twenty-four-year-old Robert C. Hammet fell dead with a bullet in his brain. His regiment, the 54th Virginia, was ordered into a reckless, suicidal charge against a line of Federal … Continue reading

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Exchanging a Saber for a Cane: The Case of Colonel Charles Augustus May

In 1861, over 250 U.S. Army officers resigned their commissions. The majority joined the rebellion, while a few remained loyal to the Union. Nineteen officers (seven percent) didn’t serve on either side. The choice was not so simple for these … Continue reading

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