Category Archives: Memory

CW & Pop Culture: Steve Earle’s “Ben McCulloch”

I’ve been a longtime Steve Earle fan and I’m here today to share something with you… Steve Earle is cooler than crap. Here’s a guy who cut his teeth in the music business under the tutelage of the great Townes … Continue reading

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The Army of Tennessee: Elegy at Franklin (Part 2)

On November 30th, 2019 I marched off from Winstead Hill at 4pm—the same time the Army of Tennessee stepped off in 1864. Unlike other years the police changed the march-time for “safety reasons” to 2pm—I am not sure what that … Continue reading

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Filling in the Back Issues

I recently helped my university, St. Bonaventure, acquire a huge collection of back issues of Civil War News. “We have a strong interest in public history in Bonaventure’s history program, and Civil War News is an excellent example of that … Continue reading

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Forgetting Nashville

Among the twenty-five bloodiest battles of the American Civil War, Nashville—fought December 15-16, 1864—stands as among the most “forgotten.” Only two major works, by Stanley F. Horn and James Lee McDonough, have chronicled the engagement. The reasons for this are … Continue reading

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Holiday History Tour

I traveled home from Fredericksburg to Erie Pennsylvania for Thanksgiving this year. It was my first trip back since arriving here in late June. As I have an serious allergy to the commercialism of Black Friday, I decided to make … Continue reading

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Additional Podcast Resources: “Aftermath of Battle”

Did you have a chance to hear Meg Groeling’s podcast about what happened when the battles ended? She has accomplished insightful research on the ordeals for the wounded and the burials of fallen soldiers. This podcast is available to all ECW … Continue reading

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History in Pieces

History comes in many pieces. My good friend Hal, a retired navy captain, collects Civil War naval artifacts. He acquired items that caught his eye over the years without any particular theme in mind only to find threads and connections … Continue reading

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Abraham Lincoln Gives Thanks

  The country was tearing itself apart in bloody war 156 years ago, but President Abraham Lincoln found cause to be grateful in his Thanksgiving Proclamation. His wisdom is for the ages. In this time of polarization, we would do … Continue reading

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Opening the Mine Run Campaign at Germanna Ford and Creating a History of Our Own

Everything was brown: the barren trees, the fallen leaves, the river itself as it pushed between the high banks on either side. Even the crushed gravel of the path was somehow brown as it wound down the hillside from the … Continue reading

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More from Gettysburg’s Remembrance Day 2019

By Terry Rensel One of the great perks of relocating from Alaska to central Virginia this past summer is that I get to have an almost constant emergence into all things Civil War pretty much whenever I want. Yesterday was … Continue reading

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