Category Archives: Personalities

Henry Adams on Rooney Lee

As the grandson and great-grandson of American presidents, Henry Brooks Adams came from one of the most distinguished of all New England families. Yet, as a student at Harvard University from 1854-8, this scion of the Yankee-est of all Yankee … Continue reading

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The Proviso and the Man

ECW welcomes back guest author Katy Berman. Provided: That as an express and fundamental condition to the acquisition of any territory from the Republic of Mexico by the United States, by virtue of any treaty which may be negotiated between … Continue reading

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Sherman’s Prescience on Hooker

I came across a letter the other day from “Uncle Billy” Sherman to his wife, written on this date in 1863. Grant was preparing for his move across the Mississippi for what would become his overland campaign against Vicksburg, but … Continue reading

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Weekly Whitman: Old Ireland

Written in 1861, this poem makes special mention of the Union volunteers who lived in New York City. The Irish Diaspora had been bringing the Irish to the shores of America since the 1840s. The Civil War, twenty years later, … Continue reading

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“Swarming with maggots” – Assistant Surgeon Samuel Melcher and the Care of the Wounded at Wilson’s Creek

As the first major engagement fought west of the Mississippi River, the 1861 Battle of Wilson’s Creek (fought August 10, 1861) was known for being a particularly desperate, hard-fought battle that resulted in nearly 20% casualties on both sides. For … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Vincent After Gettysburg

On July 3, 1863, as he lay dying from his wounds inflicted upon Little Round Top, Col. Strong Vincent asked for his wife. Elizabeth Vincent was home in Erie, Pennsylvania, seven months pregnant and in no condition to travel, thus … Continue reading

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Generals in the Garden?

The first day of spring was March 20, and signs of spring are definitely starting in Virginia. As I’ve been watching my little window-box plants sprout, I remembered some stories about Civil War generals who liked to garden. I’m sure … Continue reading

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Exploring Gettysburg with Sue Boardman (part six)

conclusion of a series We wrap up our series with Licensed Battlefield Guide Sue Boardman today on the backside of the Pennsylvania Memorial, where we tried to find what shelter we could from the wind that bedeviled us all day. … Continue reading

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Book Review: Courage Above All Things: General John Ellis Wool and the U.S. Military, 1812—1863

Courage Above All Things: General John Ellis Wool and the U.S. Military, 1812—1863 By Harwood P. Hinton Hinton and Jerry Thompson University of Oklahoma Press, 2020, $45.00 hardcover Reviewed by David T. Dixon Like many historical figures who were prominent … Continue reading

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Joshua Chamberlain stares down the 1880 Maine rebellion (part two of two)

Emerging Civil War is pleased to feature the work of our friend, Maine at War author Brian Swartz. Part two of two. In early 1880, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain faced a political crisis in his home state of Maine, where a … Continue reading

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