Category Archives: Memory

Traveling to Gettysburg: Pt. 2

In our last installment in this series, Traveling to Gettysburg: Pt. 1, a veteran of the 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry, Chester H. Durfee, traveled back to Gettysburg for the 50th Anniversary of the battle in June and July 1913. We … Continue reading

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April Anniversaries

Every April I reflect on the events of 1865.  I’ve always been interested in this transitional period as the war ends and Reconstruction begins.  Having worked at Appomattox Court House and researched the surrender in North Carolina, it is only … Continue reading

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David Reed: Shiloh’s Veteran Historian

Gettysburg has John Bachelder. Antietam has Ezra Carman. Shiloh has David Reed. Each of these men forever influenced the battlefields they devoted their lives to documenting. Two of them–Carman and Reed–participated in the battles they studied. I’ll admit, Carman and … Continue reading

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Traveling to Gettysburg: Pt. 1

In a time when it seems that the whole world is quarantined, everyone is stuck at home, and traveling is almost certainly out of the current realm of possibilities, cases of cabin fever are bound to increase. Here in Youngstown, … Continue reading

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The Hero & The Ghost: An Account of a Divided Family

ECW welcomes David T. Dixon When the Civil War splits a Georgia family, a returning veteran secures his legacy and helps to bury shameful secrets for future generations… Connor Wright remembered that he was eleven years old when he watched … Continue reading

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We All Want to be a Little Irish Because of the Civil War

St. Patrick’s Day is the one day of the year everyone wants to be Irish. I can’t blame them. My Polish last name, Mackowski, belies the Cawley and Dempsey in me, so few people realize I’m Irish—but it’s there aplenty, … Continue reading

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BookChat with Brian Matthew Jordan, editor of The War Went On

Our Emerging Civil War colleague Brian Matthew Jordan has a new book hitting the shelves: The War Went On: Reconsidering the Lives of Civil War Veterans. The book is a collection of essays Brian co-edited with Evan Rothera (both of … Continue reading

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“The First Blood Spilt to Freedom”: Dangerfield Newby, the Boston Massacre, and Crispus Attucks 250 Years Later

Every quest for liberty has its first martyr. Two-hundred and fifty years ago this evening, the cause of American liberty gained its first five when British soldiers fired on a crowd of Bostonians in an event immortalized as the Boston … Continue reading

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ECW Podcast “Ulysses S. Grant: In Memoir & Memory” Is Now Available

Chris Mackowski and Nick Sacco from Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site had an enlightening conversation about a certain Union general and how he wrote his memories and then has been remembered. This recording is available to all subscribers at … Continue reading

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CW & Pop Culture: Breaking Down the “Truths” of The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant

ECW welcomes Nick Sacco. He’s authored an essay about Grant’s memoirs for the newest book and is here to share some additional perspective and thoughts… When it comes to biographies of Ulysses S. Grant, few arouse as much debate among … Continue reading

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