Category Archives: Emerging Civil War

ECW Weekender: Cedar Creek Battle Anniversary

There’s a lot happening at Cedar Creek Battlefield in the Shenandoah Valley this weekend! Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation is hosting a reenactment on Saturday, October 16 and Sunday, October 17. Details here: https://www.ccbf.us/ Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical … Continue reading

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ECW on C-SPAN: Atkinson on Van Dorn

C-SPAN’s coverage of last summer’s Emerging Civil War Symposium continues this weekend. Tune in Saturday, October 9, to C-SPAN 2 at 6:00 p.m. for Matt Atkinson’s talk on Earl Van Dorn. Once Matt’s talk airs, you’ll be able to find … Continue reading

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Emerging Civil War Names Kristopher D. White as Chief Historian

Emerging Civil War is pleased to welcome back co-founder Kristopher D. White to the post of chief historian. Kris served as the organization’s founding chief historian. He returns to the position following the retirement of Chris Kolakowski, who served as … Continue reading

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Maine at War: September 2021

With 9/11’s 20th anniversary occurring in September, my Maine at War blog focused on comparisons with Fort Sumter and its aftermath. September 1, 2021: Efforts are under way to preserve a 5th Maine Battery site at Gettysburg The American Battlefield … Continue reading

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September 2021 ECW Newsletter Now Available

The September issue of the Emerging Civil War newsletter went out today. Did you get your copy? In this issue:

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“Do you want me to sign this thing or not?”

In the summer of 2011, I attended a writers’ retreat in the woods of central Vermont at Goddard College, where I had once upon a time earned my M.F.A. The retreat was held each year for alums of the program … Continue reading

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J. Johnston Pettigrew, Author

In the blockbuster movie Gettysburg, which hit the big screens in 1993, there is a moment in the film  of an exchange between Confederate Generals James Longstreet and J. Johnston Pettigrew on July 3rd. For those reading this that are aficionados … Continue reading

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The Iron Brigade of the Cumberland at Chickamauga (Part Two of Two)

The anonymous author of the pamphlet Willich at Chickamauga continues with the resumption of the battle on September 20, 1863: What a glorious morning ushers in this Sunday, Sept. 20th, 1863, and shines as fair a sun as ever gladdened this hemisphere. … Continue reading

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In Memory of ECW’s Friend Jon Maiellano

I heard on Wednesday that 1 in 500 Americans have died of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, a startling statistic that brought to mind Joseph Stalin’s infamous alleged quote, “a single death is a tragedy, a million deaths … Continue reading

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Book Review: Decisions at Antietam: The Fourteen Critical Decisions that Defined the Battle

Decisions at Antietam: The Fourteen Critical Decisions That Defined the Battle By Michael S. Lang The University of Tennessee Press, 2021, $29.95 softcover Reviewed by Zachery A. Fry Counterfactual studies are usually a pariah in the historical community. Poorly-executed “what-if” … Continue reading

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