Category Archives: Holidays

A Mother’s Influence

“What will Mother say?” “Oh, how shall I tell his mother?” “Dear Mother…” The maternal parent is certainly one of the most mentioned figures in the letters, music, and battlefield cries of Civil War soldiers. With guiding influence from infancy … Continue reading

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Hardtack & Matzah

My Spring Break starts today. It isn’t politically correct to say “Easter” any more, so “Spring” will have to suffice. I thought a short column on Easter and the Civil War might be interesting, but it turns out Easter was … Continue reading

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Civil War Generals’ Sex Quiz

Here’s a little April 1st tomfoolery for you. Prepare to get sassy with your morning coffee: the Civil War Generals’ Sex Quiz: 

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The Valley Forge Winter for the Army of the Potomac

To commemorate Washington’s Birthday today, Emerging Civil War is pleased to present an excerpt from the forthcoming book Seizing Destiny: The Army of the Potomac’s ‘Valley Forge’ and the Civil War Winter that Saved the Union by Albert Conner, Jr., … Continue reading

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Robert E. Lee’s 209th Birthday – An Annual Visit to Stratford Hall

Every year for the past 15 years on January 19, I find my way to Stratford Hall. As many of you know, January 19, 1807 was Robert E. Lee’s birthday and Stratford Hall commemorates the occasion with free admission and … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on Lee-Jackson Day

The weather could not have been more beautiful in Lexington, Virginia, on Saturday morning as hundreds of Confederate devotees gathered for the annual Lee-Jackson Day commemoration. The day itself—still observed as a legal holiday in parts of Virginia—falls on January … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 1/18-1/24/16

January 20 has traditionally been “Lee-Jackson Day” in Virginia and throughout other parts of the South. The dates falls between the birthdays of Robert E. Lee (January 19) and Stonewall Jackson (January 21). In light of events from the past … Continue reading

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Catching Up on Your ECW Christmas

If you’ve been wrapped up in the hubbub of the holiday and are just now settling down to catch up on your ECW reading, here’s a quick recap of all our Christmas coverage, collected for you in one convenient spot:

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The First Peacetime Christmas–December 25, 1865

The war was over, and peace had come at last. But Christmas that year was marred by a tremendous gale which swept along the Atlantic coast on December 20, wrecking many ships and drowning some of the people who had … Continue reading

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One of America’s First Christmas Trees

ECW is pleased to welcome guest contributor Richard G. Williams, Jr. Earlier this month, I, along with a number of some of my children and grandchildren, embarked on an annual pilgrimage. We made our way down a narrow dirt road … Continue reading

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