Category Archives: Newspapers

Good Words from a Johnny

I’m working on a book for Savas Beatie tentatively titled “The National Tribune Remembers the Atlanta Campaign.” In the National Tribune of Jan. 27, 1898, I came came across this sad tale of a Union veteran. The “Good Words from … Continue reading

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Alfred Waud’s Sketchy Spotsylvania (part three)

(part three in a series) I’ve come to believe Alfred Waud’s sketch “Advance on Spotsylvania,” dated May 9, is actually mis-dated. In the first two posts of this series, I’ve tried to lay out some of the breadcrumbs that led … Continue reading

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Alfred Waud’s Sketchy Spotsylvania (part two)

(part two of a series) When Alfred Waud finally arrived on the Spotsylvania battlefield’s eastern front, he produced a sketch showing the Federal IX Corps on the outskirts of the village. Spotsylvania-based historian John Cummings has convincingly placed the location … Continue reading

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Alfred Waud’s Sketchy Spotsylvania (part one)

(part one in a series) In my capacity as historian-in-residence at Stevenson Ridge on the Spotsylvania Court House battlefield, I recently did some work to pin down the approximate location where IX Corps division commander Brig. Gen. Thomas Greely Stevenson … Continue reading

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The Effects of the Wilson-Kautz Raid through Newspaper Advertisements (part two of two)

ECW is pleased to welcome back Tim Talbott (part two of two) Evidence of the amount of disorder the Union horsemen wreaked on the region’s citizens during the Wilson-Kautz Raid appears in numerous newspaper advertisements placed by individuals seeking to reclaim … Continue reading

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The Effects of the Wilson-Kautz Raid through Newspaper Advertisements (part one of two)

ECW is pleased to welcome back Tim Talbott, director of education and interpretation at Pamplin Historical Park (part one of two) Slave trader E. H. Stokes placed an advertisement in the August 6, 1864, edition of the Richmond Daily Dispatch, … Continue reading

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Ellis Spear 1913 does not jibe with Ellis Spear 1863

ECW is pleased to welcome back Brian Swartz, author of the new ECW Series biography Passing Through the Fire: Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain in the Civil War Did Col. Joshua L. Chamberlain actually order his battered 20th Maine Infantry Regiment to … Continue reading

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The Battle of Belmont as Told in a Comic Strip

The University of the South has digitized the Polk Family Papers. While going there to find something related to Shiloh (there was not much but it’s a hard site to use) I came upon a comic strip titled Under the … Continue reading

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One Company Against Two Corps

June 3 always brings recollections of the 1864 battle of Cold Harbor. There, at least 1,100 Union soldiers were killed and 4,500 wounded in a bloody attack that Confederates easily repulsed in less than an hour. (7,000 is the usual … Continue reading

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“Sublime but Dismal Grandeur”: The Battle of Jackson, Mississippi

“There are some slight errors in history in regard to the capture of Jackson, which I will take opportunity to correct,” declared Samuel C. Miles, a veteran of the 8th Wisconsin Infantry, in a 1893 letter to the National Tribune. … Continue reading

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