Category Archives: Material Culture

A Backstage Tour of the Atlanta Cyclorama (part one)

(part one of four) While I had many great Civil War-related adventures in 2017, the highlight probably came in June when Dr. Gordon Jones, senior military historian and curator at the Atlanta History Center, treated me to a behind-the-scenes tour … Continue reading

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Preservation News: CVBT Announces Preservation Award Recipient

Our friends at the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust have recently released their Winter 2017-2018 newsletter, On the skirmish line. In this latest issue, they share the news of the recent recipient of their Dr. Michael P. Stevens Preservation Award, D.P. … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 11/27-12/4/17

It’s CyberMonday! Time to start shopping for great deals (on new history books, of course). Our question today is a little wishfully ideal, but have fun with your answers: If you could purchase any item from the Civil War era … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Remembrance Day at Gettysburg

There is always a lot to see and do when visiting the battlefield and town of Gettysburg. Most visitors head to the well-known and oft visited locations of Little Round Top, Cemetery Ridge, and the fields of Pickett’s Charge. Some … Continue reading

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Soldier-Artists and the Battle Experience (Part II)

This is the second of two posts regarding soldier-artists and their depictions of the experience of battle. Part I may be found here. To appreciate the extent that images such as Adolph Metzner’s Cozy corner defied the conventions of mainstream art, it … Continue reading

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Soldier-Artists and the Battle Experience (Part I)

This is the first of two posts regarding soldier-artists and their depictions of the experience of battle. “Pshaw. It’s no use, they can’t picture a battle,” exclaimed the young son of Reverend A. M. Stewart of the 102nd Pennsylvania Volunteers, a … Continue reading

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Cattaraugus County Memorial Preservation Update

It’s been a while since we brought you an update regarding the preservation battle to save the  Cattaraugus County Memorial and Historical Building in Little Valley, New York. You can get caught up on the story in some earlier posts … Continue reading

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Confiscating Confederate Tobacco: Thomas Hyde at Gaines’ Mill

Thomas Worcester Hyde served as a distinguished inspector general and infantry commander in the VI Corps for much of the war. His bold assault at Antietam earned him the Medal of Honor and his New York Times obituary championed him … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Sherman Memorial

Our ECW Weekender today welcomes guest writer George Hettenhouse. George, of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, shares with us a recent trip through Ohio and a memorial to William T. Sherman. On a recent trip from North Caroline to Michigan, my … Continue reading

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Jackson Flank Attack Ground Saved

The Central Virginia Battlefield Trust has worked hard over the years to help in the effort to preserve the ground in which Stonewall Jackson’s famous flank attack made history in May 1863. Their most recent announcement shares the great news … Continue reading

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