Category Archives: On Location

On Location: Grant Cottage

Today is the anniversary of Ulysses S. Grant’s death in 1885. He died just days after finishing his memoirs—a writing project he undertook to save his family from destitution as he was dying of throat cancer. It’s a compelling story. … Continue reading

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Grant Memorial Poem: “Our Dead General”

Our final Grant memorial poem from the Albany Evening Journal comes from August 4, 1885. The original poem appeared on page 3 of the paper, written by someone using the pen name “Fidelitas.” The pen name—derived from the Latin, meaning … Continue reading

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On Location: The Site of James McPherson’s Death

July 22 is the anniversary of James McPherson’s death in 1864 during the battle of Atlanta. During my recent trip to the city, I went On Location to the spot where McPherson fell. ECW’s Steve Davis makes a special appearance, … Continue reading

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On Location: Bennett Place

While the surrender at Appomattox Court House represented a neat and tidy ending to the Civil War narrative—and is thus the best-known surrender of the war—the largest surrender actually place more than a week later in North Carolina, at Bennett … Continue reading

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On Location: Atop Kennesaw Mountain

On June 19, 1864, Joseph Johnston’s Army of Tennessee slipped into its strongest defensive position of the Atlanta Campaign: Kennesaw Mountain. I went On Location, at the mountain’s crest, to take a look for myself; I also had the opportunity … Continue reading

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On Location: The Site of Leonidas Polk’s Death

On June 14, 1864, Confederate Lt. Gen. Leonidas Polk was inspecting Federal movements from atop Pine Mountain when Federal artillery opened fire on him. I went On Location, on the anniversary of Polk’s death, to the spot where he was … Continue reading

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Catch ECW on the Tube—that electronic internety YouTube, that is!

Emerging Civil War is now on YouTube! You can visit our channel here. We’re starting easy by uploading our OnLocation videos. But as we build the channel, look for links to other ECW features, too. Take a look, get caught … Continue reading

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On Location: Fort Fisher

At a recent speaking engagement along the Cape Fear River, I had the opportunity to spend some time at one of the Confederacy’s strongest spots: Fort Fisher.  

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On Location: Where Stonewall Jackson Got Shot

I’m On Location at Chancellorsville once again—this time at the scene of one of the most famous incidences of the war. Stonewall Jackson, riding along the Mountain Road, was accidentally shot by his own men—and we’ve been talking about it … Continue reading

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On Location: The Lee-Jackson Bivouac Site

On May 1, 1863, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson held their now-famous “Crackerbox Meeting” at Chancellorsville. Today, I went On Location at the Chancellorsville battlefield to visit the Lee-Jackson bivouac site.

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