Category Archives: Leadership–Confederate

Returning Yell for Yell: The Rebel Yell’s Antebellum Origins

Today, we are pleased to welcome guest author Matthew Guillen. The Rebel Yell was much romanticized during and after the war. Despite the popular belief in the Yell’s death with the death of the Confederacy, it also enjoyed wide currency … Continue reading

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“Little Photography in Jeffdom:” The Decline of Photography in the Civil War South

In 1862 Humphrey’s Journal of the Daguerreotype and Photographic Arts boasted that “The Photographic Art down South has completely died out in consequence of the war.”[i] Though an obvious overstatement, considering that southern photographers operated throughout the war, the journal … Continue reading

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Slinging Insults in the Confederate State House

Things got testy in the U. S. Congress in the years before the war. Most of us know about  Preston Brooks caning Charles Sumner in the Senate chamber. Maybe less known is when South Carolina Representative Lawrence Keitt called Galusha Grow of Pennsylvania … Continue reading

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Chambersburg Seminar Review

This past weekend I spoke at the Ed Bearss Civil War Seminar in Chambersburg. This is part of a series of events coordinated by Ted Alexander and the Chambersburg (Pa)  Chamber of Commerce. More info is here: http://civilwarseminars.org/. For those … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Fort Pickens

Today, we are pleased to welcome guest author Sean Chick I took a trip down to Pensacola with my girlfriend two weeks ago, intent on checking out the beach before it became crowded. I also wanted to look at some … Continue reading

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When General Lee Cried

One of the excitements of writing history comes when one finds a story that’s fresh, new, or hasn’t yet made its way into the accepted secondary literature. I  have one I’d like to share. For Savas Beatie, I’m finishing a … 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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Reports of Hood’s Death Are Greatly Exaggerated…

[Note: Last week, Steve offered new insights about the location of Confederate Gen. John Bell Hood’s amputated leg. Today, he follows up with more about Hood’s operation and the erroneous report that he died during surgery.] After the battle of … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 3/28-4/3/16

This week, Phill Greenwalt asks, “Was Fitzhugh Lee a good cavalry commander or a product of nepotism?” The same could be asked of Rooney Lee, too.

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We’re Still Arguing about General Hood

No, I’m not talking about Gen. John Bell Hood’s decision to launch that tragic frontal assault at Franklin, or to entrench before Thomas’ army at Nashville, inviting disaster. I’m talking about Hood’s right leg. Go to Tunnel Hill, Georgia (north … Continue reading

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