Category Archives: Holidays

Green Flags: “There was a certain magic in the light of this old symbol”

Today is St. Patrick’s Day, and for years I’ve had a historical love for the green flags carried by Irish American soldiers of Civil War. I think it started when I was about nine and discovered my first book of … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: An Irish Brigade Hike at Antietam

For St. Patrick’s Day weekend, there is hardly a better connection to this holiday and the Civil War than the famous Irish Brigade. The story of this brigade has been told countless times and numerous works cover the annals of … Continue reading

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Presidents’ Day – A Few Quotes

As the holiday weekend draws to a close, we offer quotes from the first president and the sixteenth president. One helped found the nation, the other fought to reunite a divided country – both key presidential moments in U.S. History.

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Going Courting in Lexington, Virginia – Part 2

There’s nothing quite like a primary source. John S. Wise –a cadet at Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia during 1863-64 – later wrote his remembrances of trying to get acquainted with the “good Presbyterian girls” of the town. Certainly, … Continue reading

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Going Courting in Lexington, Virginia – Part 1

Theology and Presbyterian doctrine. That’s what first took Major Thomas J. Jackson to the home of Dr. George Junkin in Lexington, Virginia. But before long, theology and doctrine wasn’t the only thing on the major’s mind. Dr. Junkin’s daughter, Elinor, … Continue reading

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Roses Have Thorns, Violets Proliferate: Vinegar Valentines During the Civil War

All was not hearts and flowers for lovers and others during the American Civil War. Sweethearts were separated, families were torn apart, Valentine’s Day was often a sad day of remembrance or longing unless you were of a certain disposition—a … Continue reading

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Groundhog Day – Civil War Style

Well, it’s official. Earlier today in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, Groundhog Phil made his famous appearance and attempt to predict the coming weather. This year he didn’t see his shadow which gives hope that spring will come early in 2019. We’ll have to … Continue reading

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Reflections on the Emancipation Proclamation

In September 1962, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke at the New York Civil War Centennial Commission’s Emancipation Proclamation Observance, reflecting on the impact of that historic document on American history and the world. It had been one hundred years since … Continue reading

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A Confederate New Year Far, Far Away

December 31, 1864: The CSS Shenandoah—the remotest and loneliest outpost of the beleaguered Confederacy—stretched her wings with all sails set as she surged across the Indian Ocean. Her officers were a cross section of the South from Maryland, Virginia, North … Continue reading

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New Year Greetings from ECW

Wishing you a prosperous and successful new year! Thanks for being part of the continuing conversation about America’s decisive conflict. When we learn from the past, we can better understand the present and future.

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