Category Archives: Personalities

Mourning a Friend

Peter Vredenburgh, Jr. died almost 130 years before I was born. And yet, as I read his letters from the Civil War, I found myself identifying with Vredenburgh and thinking of him as a close companion. Which perhaps explains why, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Gathering to Save a Nation: Lincoln & the Union’s War Governors by Stephen D. Engle

The study of the American Civil War is changing. Of course, there will always be battle studies and biographies of generals, but there is a pivot away from this strictly military point of view. Scholars are examining the war in … Continue reading

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The Year in Review 2016: #1

July 20, 2016 turned out to be ECW’s biggest day ever as far as readership. The numbers were driven, in part, by a pair of wildly popular posts that appeared on July 19. The first was Chris Kolakowski’s Civil War Echoes … Continue reading

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New Year’s Resolutions: “You may be whatever you resolve to be.”

With all the talk of resolutions at this time of year, I’m reminded of one of Stonewall Jackson’s favorite maxims: “You may be whatever you resolve to be.” I don’t know if you’re one of those folks who make New … Continue reading

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Civil War Echoes: Manila 1941

75 years ago today, Douglas MacArthur ordered the evacuation of Manila. Over the next week, a massive movement of personnel and supplies occurred from the Philippine capital to Bataan and Corregidor. Japanese forces entered Manila on January 2, 1942. There … Continue reading

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Stonewall Jackson’s Last Words

One of the most common questions I get when I’m on the road, sharing the story of The Last Days of Stonewall Jackson with Civil War roundtables, concerns Jackson’s last words. Jackson had spent the afternoon of May 10, 1863, fading … Continue reading

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McElfresh Maps the Civil War in Watercolor

by ECW Correspondent Amelia Kibbe Along the east side of North Union Street, one of the busiest streets in the small city of Olean, New York, in the back part of the first floor of an old, six-story building sits … Continue reading

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Woman Who Claimed to Dress as a Soldier “A Con Artist” and Kardashian, Says Jack Davis

by ECW Correspondent Amelia Kibbe After having written and published more than 50 books, it’s pretty safe to say William C. Davis has done a lot of research. But, he said, to him, that’s one of the best parts of … Continue reading

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Meade After Mine Run on Grant After Chattanooga

Just before the Army of the Potomac set out for what would be the Mine Run campaign in late November 1863, word reached the men of the Union victory at Chattanooga. Between Nov. 23-25, the Federal armies of the Tennessee and … Continue reading

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Civil War Echoes: Chennault and the Flying Tigers

One of the most famous flying units of World War II was the American Volunteer Group (AVG) under Claire Lee Chennault (pictured). Known as the “Flying Tigers,” the AVG fought in China and Southeast Asia for 7 months (20 December … Continue reading

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