Category Archives: Holidays

At McAllister’s Mill on July 4, 1836

McAllister’s Mill along the Baltimore Pike near Gettysburg was a hiding place along the Underground Railroad. Many enslaved individuals seeking freedom north of the Mason-Dixon Line found refuges in the Gettysburg community, though many of the stories and locations can … Continue reading

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Echoes of Reconstruction: The Spread of Juneteenth Celebrations Throughout Texas

ECW is pleased to welcome back Patrick Young, author of The Reconstruction Era blog I had never heard of Juneteenth until I was attending college in Buffalo, New York in 1977. Friends asked me if I was going to stay after the … Continue reading

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Did the Grand Army of the Republic Kill the Easter Bunny?

Disturbing things can be found in archives. Like this photograph on Library of Congress’s online photo collection of “Rabbit Drive, No. 4” during the Grand Army of the Republic encampment at Fresno, California. Well, here’s the history…

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The Civil War Bachelorette

Once upon a time on a dreary winter’s evening two historians who had been eating too many chocolate chip cookies stumbled across an idea. Whether the following events actually happened or were merely the figment of overactive imaginations, we leave … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 2/21-2/27/22

Happy Presidents’ Day! If you could visit the home of a U.S. President connected to the Civil War, which would you choose? Why?

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Happy 2022 from Emerging Civil War

Happy 2022! Wishing you a new year with more historical adventures, time on the battlefields, new books for the shelves, and strengthened bonds of friendship!

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2021 Happy Holidays from Emerging Civil War

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! As we celebrate our 10th Year of sharing emerging perspectives on America’s defining event, we are grateful for your support. Thank you, and may your homefires be warm and bright this holiday season. Here’s to … Continue reading

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The Eggnog Riot at West Point

The illegal parties started in Rooms No. 28 and No. 5 in the West Point Barracks on Christmas Eve 1826. That year the 260 cadets had been told their holiday beverages should not be spiked with alcohol, the leadership’s latest … Continue reading

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The Birthplace of Christmas-Day Bells

While we have a fantastic array of Civil War resources in the Fredericksburg area–including four major battlefields–an oft-overlooked part of our Civil War story ties into one of America’s best-known Christmas carols. The story all ties back to this little … Continue reading

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For The Army of Tennessee: Christmas Boxes & Blankets

The need for blankets and the wish for Christmas boxes kept Mrs. S.C. Law—a refugee from Tennessee to Georgia—awake one December night in 1863. Determined to do something to help “her” Confederate soldiers, she engaged the southern homefront and worked … Continue reading

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