Category Archives: National Park Service

Jerilyn James Lee and Why the Civil War Still Matters

A pretty lady walked quietly in the cemetery where her grandparents and great-grandparents are buried. As she looked at the dates on the markers: I realized from the dates on my great grandmother’s grave that she was born in 1859 … Continue reading

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2020 ECW Symposium Full Line-Up Announced

Welcome back to the first installment of our Symposium Spotlight series for the 2020 Emerging Civil War Symposium. Several weeks ago we announced our theme, “Fallen Leaders of the Civil War,” along with our keynote speaker, Gordon Rhea. Historian Rhea … Continue reading

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A Conversation with John Coski (part one)

Part one of six In August, ECW present its 2019 Emerging Civil War Award for Service in Civil War Public History to John Coski, historian with the American Civil War Museum in Richmond (and, prior to its merger, with the … Continue reading

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Do We Still Care About the Civil War: Chris Mackowski

The cover story of the newest issue of Civil War Times asks, “Do we still care about the Civil War?” ECW is pleased to partner with Civil War Times to extend the conversation here on the blog. Today, we conclude … Continue reading

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Site of Stonewall Jackson’s Death Gets New Name

A subtle but important change is underway at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park (FSNMP): the site where Stonewall Jackson died is getting renamed. The building formerly known as the Stonewall Jackson Shrine will henceforth be officially referred to as … Continue reading

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Atop Clingmans Dome

Last week I gave a presentation to the Western North Carolina Civil War Round Table and took advantage of the proximity to visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park for the first time. My visit included a trip to the tallest … Continue reading

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(Obscure) Civil War Weekend Exploring

How far out of your way would you go to see something related to your favorite battlefield Park? I confess that I visit plenty of obscure historical sites. Goes with the territory, I guess. I visit artifacts, too. When the … Continue reading

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Albert Sidney Johnston Stumped at Shiloh

Imagine your job is to go around an unmarked battlefield and mark the places where significant events happened. Yes, you were there at the time of the fight, but of course, things were a bit confusing at the time and … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: View from the Ramparts – Fortress Monroe, Virginia

In the gathering dusk of Saturday, March 8, 1862, a young Union telegrapher, John Emmet O’Brien, stood on the ramparts of Fortress Monroe on Old Point Comfort dominating the entrance to Hampton Roads, Virginia. He looked to the right and … 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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