Category Archives: Navies

ECW Weekender: The USS Monitor Center

Have you ever been aboard a Civil War ironclad, or two? You can come close in The USS Monitor Center nestled in a beautiful setting at The Mariners’ Museum & Park, Newport News, Virginia. The Monitor Center is the official … Continue reading

Posted in Battlefields & Historic Places, Emerging Civil War, Navies, Preservation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Modern Photography: No Monuments on the Ocean

There are no monuments on the ocean, no crossroads in the great waters, no places echoing in heart and mind—Gettysburg, Shiloh, Chickamauga. But our Civil War ancestors were out there too and some of them still are. Names that resonate … Continue reading

Posted in Battlefields & Historic Places, Memory, Monuments, Navies, Photography, Ties to the War | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Question of the Week: 2/27-3/5/17

Who is your favorite Civil War era admiral or captain? Why?

Posted in Emerging Civil War, Leadership--Confederate, Leadership--Federal, Navies, Question of the Week | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments

Modern Photography: Cape Henry Lighthouses

The Cape Henry Lighthouses as seen on July 10, 2016 from Chesapeake Bay. For over 225 years one or both of these lights have indicated the entrance to Chesapeake Bay from the Atlantic Ocean.

Posted in Battlefields & Historic Places, Emerging Civil War, Navies, Photography | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

On Location: The Hunley Center

No Civil War trip to Charleston, South Carolina, is complete without a trip to see one of the most famous—and mysterious—stories of the entire war. It also represents one of the greatest conservation stories related to the war, as well. … Continue reading

Posted in Emerging Civil War, Navies, On Location, Preservation | Tagged , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Civil War in Paradise

In mid-January I spent a long weekend in Key West. I enjoyed the food, music, and atmosphere of a truly great town, and also saw some of the place’s interesting historic sites.  What really surprised me was the Civil War … Continue reading

Posted in Antebellum South, Battlefields & Historic Places, Leadership--Confederate, Leadership--Federal, Monuments, Navies, Ties to the War, Western Theater | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Rob and Bill and Blue & Gray

If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the latest issue of Blue & Gray magazine. The featured story this issue, the Potomac blockade, was written by ECW’s Rob Orrison and BIll Backus. Rob—a regular contributor at ECW—and Bill are … Continue reading

Posted in Battlefields & Historic Places, Books & Authors, Emerging Civil War, Lincoln, Navies | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Civil War Echoes: Pearl Harbor

Today 75 years ago the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, catapulting the United States into World War II – a conflict that turned out to be the country’s bloodiest save for the Civil War. Many of the U.S. ships in Pearl … Continue reading

Posted in Battlefields & Historic Places, Battles, Leadership--Federal, Navies, Ties to the War, Western Theater | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Question of the Week: 11/14-11/20/16

Was the Union blockage of the South legal? Was it effective in the tactical objective of stopping commerce? Did it achieve the strategic goal of significantly reducing Confederate resources, morale, and military capability, and thereby facilitating victory?  

Posted in Emerging Civil War, Navies, Question of the Week | Tagged , | 17 Comments

Question of the Week: 8/15-8/21/2016

What was the most important naval engagement or campaign of the war? Why?

Posted in Emerging Civil War, Navies, Question of the Week | Tagged , , , | 14 Comments