Category Archives: Engaging the Civil War Series

Holiday Book Deals from Southern Illinois University Press

If you’re still looking for some great books for the holidays, don’t forget the Engaging the Civil War Series, ECW’s groovy collaboration with Southern Illinois University Press! SIUP put together a cool interactive holiday catalogue, and you can see our … Continue reading

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Manticores, Myths, and Memory (conclusion)

(Part four of four) Paul Ashdown and Ed Caudill are co-authors of the latest book in the Engaging the Civil War Series, Imagining Wild Bill: James Butler Hickok in War, Media, and Memory (Southern Illinois University Press). Their work on … Continue reading

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Manticores, Myths, and Memory (part three)

(Part three of four) Paul Ashdown and Ed Caudill are co-authors of the latest book in the Engaging the Civil War Series, Imagining Wild Bill: James Butler Hickok in War, Media, and Memory (Southern Illinois University Press). Yesterday, they explained their … Continue reading

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Manticores, Myths, and Memory (part one)

(Part one of four) Paul Ashdown and Ed Caudill are co-authors of the latest book in the Engaging the Civil War Series, Imagining Wild Bill: James Butler Hickok in War, Media, and Memory (Southern Illinois University Press). In this series, … Continue reading

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Remembering Ball’s Bluff

Today is the anniversary of the 1861 battle of Ball’s Bluff. A small affair by the standards established later in the war, the battle nonetheless had a magnified impact because it directly led to the establishment of the Joint Committee … Continue reading

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Imagining Wild Bill

ECW is pleased to welcome our friend Paul Ashdown, co-author of the newest book in our Engaging the Civil War Series, published in partnership with Southern Illinois University Press: Imagining Wild Bill: James Butler Hickok in War, Media, and Memory. … Continue reading

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New from the “Engaging the Civil War” Series: Imagining Wild Bill

It’s always exciting when a new book arrives from the printer, but right now, it’s especially exciting. Since the onset of COVID, our Emerging Civil War books have been racked up like airplanes circling O’Hare Airport waiting out a Christmas … Continue reading

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Winston Groom’s Writing “A Trust to the Exceptional”

Winston Groom, who died on Thursday this week at the age of 77, is best known as the author of Forrest Gump, whose titular character became a beloved icon following Tom Hanks’ Oscar-winning movie portrayal. But Civil War buffs might … Continue reading

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Reading and Re-Reading Some Civil War Fiction

I recently reviewed Ralph Peters’ newest Civil War novel, Darkness at Chancellorsville, for Civil War Monitor (you can read that review here). It was an enjoyable read by an author with a gift for capturing the essence of a character … Continue reading

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CW & Pop Culture: Steve Earle’s “Ben McCulloch”

I’ve been a longtime Steve Earle fan and I’m here today to share something with you… Steve Earle is cooler than crap. Here’s a guy who cut his teeth in the music business under the tutelage of the great Townes … Continue reading

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