Category Archives: Holidays

Fredericksburg, My Favorite City in Virginia (part five)

part five of five At our first Trail to Freedom symposium, I met my future wife, Malanna Carey, who stayed in touch with me after the event. She wanted me to speak about the USCT at her church, St. George’s … Continue reading

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Confederate Heritage: Getting it Wrong on Independence Day Weekend

I generally try to be empathetic about Confederate heritage issues, but a lot of times, hardcore neo-Confederates make it hard for me. For every reasonable voice I hear, I run into a guy like this one: a lone flag bearer … Continue reading

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The Twilight’s Last Gleaming: Fireworks & Grand Illuminations

Reprinted from July 2, 2012: The day will be most memorable in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival . . . It ought to … Continue reading

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Happy Fourth of July

Wishing you a wonderful day, remembering and celebrating America’s history and the liberties we all enjoy!

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Question of the Week: 7/4-7/10/16

Happy Fourth of July! What’s your favorite patriotic quote from the Civil War era? Why?

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Happy Father’s Day

Many of our writers at ECW are also fathers. Our love and support goes out to them today (and every day) as they toil to tell the stories of other fathers, other children, other times.

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A Father’s Influence

They crunched along the snow-covered path, enjoying the crisp air and companionship. The father held his son’s little hand and slowed his steps to accommodate the boy’s short stride. They had been talking, but were quiet now. The father became … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 5/30-6/5/16

If you could visit any Civil War soldier’s grave this Memorial Day to pay your respects, who would you visit? Why?

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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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