Category Archives: Memory

Echoes of Reconstruction: Misusing the History of the Civil War Era in Drafting Alabama’s Constitution

ECW is pleased to welcome back Patrick Young, author of The Reconstruction Era blog Usually we think of the study of history as a good starting point for the drafting of new laws. This is especially true when a state adopts a … Continue reading

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Under Fire: “You Did Not Wear The Marks Of The Muddy Trenches”

In May 1901, veterans of the 1st Massachusetts Heavy Artillery journeyed to Central Virginia, returning to the battleground at Harris Farm, north of Spotsylvania Court House. Thirty-seven years early these men had come under battle fire for the first time, … Continue reading

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A Close Brush With History—UWF History Trust’s Black Politicians Exhibit

It was recently announced in the last Emerging Civil War newsletter that I’ve taken on a part-time position with the University of West Florida’s Historic Trust in Pensacola, Florida. I had begun volunteering in their Collections Department – and diversifying … Continue reading

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In Memoriam: R.L. Murray

Last Saturday R.L. Murray passed away. Our readers may recognize his name from the New Yorkers In The Civil War Series, which he put together through his publishing house Benedum Books in Wolcott, New York. (A sample of R.L.’s books … Continue reading

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William Gaston Lewis

Another installment of the “Tales From the Tombstone” series. Been a hiatus, I know. Recently though, my career afforded me the opportunity to travel a bit, moving from one national park site to another. I was able to chart a … Continue reading

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Precedents from the Civil War Era for Another President

April 14, 1865, and November 22, 1963 were days of tragedy. Unsuspecting presidents shot by unsuspected assassins. On that 1865 night, the sixteenth president attended a play at the theater and as laughter rang out the murderer fired a shot … Continue reading

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Looking Back, Looking Forward

ECW welcomes guest author Mike Busovicki All warriors want to know their efforts were not in vain and the deprivations they endured were worth the outcome.  As the Civil War metamorphosed into a great insatiable beast, devouring ever more resources, … Continue reading

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A Young Woman in Washington State Upholds the Legacy of Union Army Veterans in 1914

ECW welcomes back guest author Richard Heisler Ester Boyer was a schoolgirl just 15 years of age living in Washington State in 1914. Miss Boyer lived a bit northwest of Seattle in the small town of Coupeville, on Whidbey Island. She … Continue reading

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Reconsidering Barlow’s Knoll

The First Division of the Eleventh Corps of the Army of the Potomac arrived in Gettysburg on the afternoon of July 1, 1863. Only 29 years old, Brigadier General Francis Barlow commanded the division. He resented the men he commanded, … Continue reading

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In Memory of ECW’s Friend Jon Maiellano

I heard on Wednesday that 1 in 500 Americans have died of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, a startling statistic that brought to mind Joseph Stalin’s infamous alleged quote, “a single death is a tragedy, a million deaths … Continue reading

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