Category Archives: Personalities

Longstreet goes West, Part Two: Westward Ho!

The decision to reinforce Bragg came only after much debate, and only after every other expedient had been exhausted. While President Davis believed that the Confederacy needed to use interior lines to achieved localized concentrations of force, that theory did … Continue reading

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“Finding” Sandie Pendleton

He wasn’t really lost. But I love a good challenge…and good surprises. Did you see the blog post last month about my difficult lesson? I had tunnel vision eight years ago and missed the opportunity to see (and photograph) a … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: The National Portrait Gallery

While Washington, D.C. is awash in Civil War sites and monuments, one place you might not think to add to your list—but is definitely worth a stop—is the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery and American Art Museum. Located on 8th and … Continue reading

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Beverly Ford Road at Brandy Station

This past Saturday, I had an opportunity to visit the Brandy Station battlefield. On the walk out to Buford’s Knoll (Brig. Gen. John Buford’s command post during the engagement) I captured this picture. The tree line in the center foreground … Continue reading

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“A Twitter Feed” of the Civil War–What Historians Really Do, Part 2

Sometimes things just fall into our laps, and sometimes we have to break down walls just for the chance to be turned away.  This opportunity is one of the former, and a beautiful opportunity it is!

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Question of the Week: 8/22-8/28/16

If you could receive a personal letter from a historical person in the Civil War era, who would you like to receive one from?

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“And now I am going to tell you what I think about soldiering”

From my ancestor, Sheldon S. Appleby—the letter that began my hunt earlier this week for information about a Civil War ancestor I didn’t know I had. Suffolk, V.A. Feb. 6th 1863 Dear Father and Mother,

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ECW Honors Ted Alexander

As part of Emerging Civil War’s fifth anniversary commemoration, we are pleased to inaugurate a new annual award: The Emerging Civil War Award for Service in Civil War Public History. This year’s recipient is Ted Alexander, former historian at Antietam … Continue reading

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Noah Trudeau Explains Lincoln’s Greatest Journey

Recently I chatted with award-winning author Noah Andre Trudeau, who has written several well-regarded books on the Civil War in 1864 and 1865. We discussed his next book, Lincoln’s Greatest Journey: Sixteen Days That Changed a Presidency, March 24 – … Continue reading

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A Sharpshooter’s Postscript to Gettysburg, Part 6: “The Wagoners’ Fight” – A Battle To Hold Williamsport

Part six in a series. We welcome back guest author Robert M. Wilson. The long wagon train of the wounded led by John Imboden, a Brigadier General in the Confederate cavalry, filed into Williamsport during the afternoon and evening of … Continue reading

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