Category Archives: Leadership–Federal

Weekly Whitman: “Walt Whitman on the Death of President Lincoln”

Walt Whitman wrote a great deal of prose as well as poetry. He went back to Lincoln’s assassination many times in both genres. This comes from Specimen Days, published later in Whitman’s life.

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Stephen Hurlbut and the Quest for Redemption

Few Civil War generals and politicians had an odder career than Stephen Hurlbut. He was born in South Carolina to Yankee parents, but fled north becoming a political power broker in Illinois. As a politician he was mostly a back … Continue reading

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Women’s History Month: Favorite Leadership Moments History Chat

Earlier this month, Chris Mackowski invited the women of ECW to join a Zoom meeting to chat about Civil War leadership and offer their perspectives and voices on the subject. JoAnna M. McDonald, Cecily Nelson Zander, and Sarah Kay Bierle … Continue reading

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Guess The Commander For The War’s End?

The following excerpt is from James A. Scrymser’s reminiscence about the Civil War. Scrymser was a member of the 7th New York and, postwar, a telegraph cable pioneer. I’m very curious to see what readers think about the incident and … Continue reading

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In Defense of Sheridan

Emerging Civil War welcomes back Nathan Provost. General Philip Sheridan was a hard man of war. He was egotistical and bold, and his personality traits negatively struck many officers, and later historians. In the last twenty years, Sheridan’s legacy has … Continue reading

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A Comprehensive View of the Overland Campaign: Part I

Emerging Civil War welcomes back Nathan Provost… Antoine-Henri Jomini was a general in the Napoleonic Wars who served under various generals, including Napoleon himself. After Napoleon Bonaparte’s exile, Jomini began writing a series of works that dealt with the principles … Continue reading

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General Barlow “Seated In A Cherry Tree”

You’ve probably heard the story that “Stonewall” Jackson liked to eat lemons. Why don’t we pay as much attention to the favorite fruits of other generals? Probably because it just isn’t well documented. However, I’ve come across some evidence that … Continue reading

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“Reflections” on Lincoln by Alexander Stephens

It is well known that President Abraham Lincoln and Alexander H. Stephens, who served as Vice President of the Confederacy during the Civil War, were friends despite being on opposite sides of the war. Becoming acquainted during their service in … Continue reading

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I Knew Grant was the Shorter Man, But…

Emerging Civil War welcomes back guest author Bryan Cheeseboro… On January 10, 2021, I participated in a program on the Facebook page Shelby Foote & the American Civil War to discuss General/President Ulysses S. Grant from Appomattox through his presidency … Continue reading

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General John F. Reynolds: Great Corps Commander or Just Famous for Dying at Gettysburg?

Emerging Civil War welcomes guest author John Roos Icons within the American Civil War can be found everywhere. Some loom larger than others, like Robert E. Lee, William Sherman, and “Stonewall” Jackson. Others find their fame within one specific moment. … Continue reading

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