Category Archives: Leadership–Federal

Symposium Spotlight: John Pope

Now that you have had a chance to learn more about our presenters for the Seventh Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium, over the coming weeks we will be introducing you to their topics on this year’s theme, Fallen Leaders. First … Continue reading

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The Unending War for Ten Union Generals

In a blog post published last July about Brigadier General Thomas W. Egan, I stressed how countless disabled Civil War veterans endured decades of chronic pain and emotional distress long after the guns of the Civil War fell silent. In … Continue reading

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Symposium Spotlight: Fitz John Porter

Welcome back to another installment of our 2020 Emerging Civil War Spotlight series. Each week we have introduced you to another preview of our outstanding presentations that will be shared at the Seventh Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium August 7-9, … Continue reading

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A Logistician’s View of the War in Virginia

Abraham Lincoln’s administration did not possess a blueprint about how to fight a war between North and South in the summer of 1861. Indeed, with open armed hostilities between the United States and Confederate States only a few months old, … Continue reading

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Symposium Spotlight: Elmer Ellsworth

This week’s Symposium Spotlight previews Meg Groeling’s presentation on Elmer Ellsworth. Find out how he is regarded as a fallen leader at the Seventh Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium this August 7-9, 2020. Prior to his becoming the first conspicuous … Continue reading

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“To Defy The Predictions Of The Universe”: A Wedding Goes Crazy, The Love Story Goes Well

It’s February 14 and Valentine’s Day… So that means I get to bless (or torture) you with a blog post about a historic love story. Now, did you know that February 14 also happens to be a Union general’s birthday? … Continue reading

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Symposium Spotlight: Phil Kearny

Welcome back to another installment of our 2020 Emerging Civil War Spotlight series. Each we have introduced you to another of our outstanding topics that will be presented at the Seventh Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium August 7-9, 2020. Today … Continue reading

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A Future President Reflects On An Ending War

Recently, I was sorting through some letters and diaries of U.S. Presidents who fought during the Civil War and I came across an online archive of Rutherford B. Hayes’s wartime letters and diary entries. I’m looking forward to spending some … Continue reading

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Pope’s “Headquarters in the Saddle.” Sort of…

“Headquarters in the Saddle.” For a man that uttered many phrases that often make him the main course of mockery for Civil War historians, John Pope’s infamous dateline certainly receives its fair share of jokes. It did too in 1862. … Continue reading

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More Closely Engaged Than Any: Lt. Charles Parsons at the Battle of Stones River

Just before noon on New Year’s Eve, 1862, William S. Rosecrans’ Army of the Cumberland had been partially routed and battered by Confederate assaults against its right flank. Braxton Bragg’s attacks ripped four Federal divisions and captured 28 guns. Rosecrans’ … Continue reading

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