Category Archives: Memory

Longstreet goes West, part four: Discord

In the immediate aftermath of Chickamauga Bragg and his generals were all gripped by a measure of collective uncertainty. Early on, it seemed as if Rosecrans might just abandon Chattanooga, falling back to his railhead at Stevenson Alabama, on the … Continue reading

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Longstreet goes West, Part Two: Westward Ho!

The decision to reinforce Bragg came only after much debate, and only after every other expedient had been exhausted. While President Davis believed that the Confederacy needed to use interior lines to achieved localized concentrations of force, that theory did … Continue reading

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“Finding” Sandie Pendleton

He wasn’t really lost. But I love a good challenge…and good surprises. Did you see the blog post last month about my difficult lesson? I had tunnel vision eight years ago and missed the opportunity to see (and photograph) a … Continue reading

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Longstreet goes West, Part One: Machiavellian or Misunderstood?

Confederate General James Longstreet remains one of the war’s most controversial figures. Detractors see him as a scheming subordinate whose ambition overreached his talents; supporters hail him as a clear-sighted realist who understood the changes in warfare better than most … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Judah P. Benjamin at Gamble Plantation Historic State Park, Florida

Tucked away, approximately 40 miles south of Tampa and St. Petersburg, Florida, is the last surviving plantation house in South Florida. Situated near Ellenton, Florida, in May1865, the former Confederate political official found temporary refuge here as he eluded Federal … Continue reading

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The Future of Civil War History: An Interview with Dana Shoaf (part four)

part four of five We have been talking this week with Civil War Times editor Dana Shoaf about “The Future of Civil War History.” In yesterday’s segment, Dana and I talked about the use of military history as a way … Continue reading

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The Future of Civil War History: An Interview with Dana Shoaf (part two)

part two of five We continue today our conversation with Civil War Times editor Dana Shoaf on “The Future of Civil War History.” Dana and I spoke at the very beginning of June. Yesterday, during the first part of our … Continue reading

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Traveling Advice: Don’t Forget To Look Left & Right

When I was a little kid, my mom would let me run across the street to get the mail. We didn’t live on a busy road, but she taught me road safety. First, listen. Then, look to the left, right, … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Stonewall (sort of)

Happy 155th birthday to Stonewall Jackson, who was born on this day in 1861. Of course, Thomas Jonathan Jackson was born on January 21, 1824, in Clarksburg, Virginia (now West Virginia). But it was on this day 155 years ago … Continue reading

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What Historians Really Do–Part 1

Elmer Ellsworth. This is the man who has been the focus of my intellectual life for over ten years, although there were times earlier that he was certainly in my sights. Who knows exactly why one person, one battle, one … Continue reading

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