Category Archives: Memory

“Blowed to Freedom!”: Abraham and the Vicksburg Mine

Every February ECW does a series of posts about African Americans and the Civil War. There are many from which to choose, but I have made it my mission, as it were, to find those who are not as well … Continue reading

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Fort Monroe: History & Personal Reflections

Emerging Civil War welcomes guest author Michael Nelson. The Fort’s Story I spent nearly two years working at Fort Monroe National Monument as a communications assistant in the Casemate Museum. The museum covers over 400 years of history at Fort … Continue reading

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John William Jones: Historian of the Confederacy

Emerging Civil War welcomes guest author Christopher Martin to share Part 2 of his research on John William Jones. (Find Part 1 here) One of the least well known figures in the history of Confederate monument making was John William … Continue reading

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John William Jones: The “Fighting Parson” Remembers The War

Emerging Civil War welcomes guest author Christopher Martin. Events of recent years have drawn attention to the many Confederate monuments across the county. Immense debate and controversy surrounds many of them, with many people curious of the memory of the … Continue reading

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Primary Sources: All for the Union and Company Aytch, For Example

When asked about ideas concerning primary sources that might be recommended to ECW readers, it did not take me more than a second to exclaim, “All for the Union!” This book—the Civil War Diary and Letters of Elisha Hunt Rhodes—was … Continue reading

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Primary Sources: Through a Telescope Backwards

Perhaps no experience is more fulfilling for a historian than becoming immersed in contemporary first-person chronicles, viewing dramatic happenings through the eyes of those who lived them. Thankfully, our Civil War ancestors were avid and literate recorders of that fascinating … Continue reading

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Reflections on the Emancipation Proclamation

In September 1962, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke at the New York Civil War Centennial Commission’s Emancipation Proclamation Observance, reflecting on the impact of that historic document on American history and the world. It had been one hundred years since … Continue reading

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A Visit with Stonewall Jackson on his Birthday

It’s 21 degrees in Lexington, Virginia—a cold morning for a cemetery visit. It’s Stonewall Jackson‘s birthday, though, and I’m passing through town on my way to St. Louis, Missouri, for a talk later this week. (I’ll pass through Lexington, KY, … Continue reading

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Primary Sources: Clement A. Evans & Confederate Military History

The war had been over for nearly three decades. Veterans of all ranks had been recording their experiences in memoirs, newspapers, journals, speeches, and other published materials. Already, in the short intervening period from the silencing of the guns to … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 1/14-1/20/18

January 11 was a historic day in Civil War history and some of the happenings have a twist of irony: 1861 – Alabama seceded 1861 – South Carolina demanded Fort Sumter’s surrender; Major Anderson said no. 1864 – John B. … Continue reading

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