Category Archives: Personalities

The Original Bohemian: George Alfred Townsend

Having spent the better part of the past two years playing the part of Gen. Ulysses S. Grant for a traveling play—“Now We Stand by Each Other Always”—it has been a restless few months idle as show after show has … Continue reading

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“I Confess That My Life at West Point Was Wretched”: O.O. Howard’s Plebe Year

Had his cousin William been in better physical shape, O.O. Howard probably would have never gone to West Point. Otis, as his family called him throughout his life, was in his senior year at Bowdoin College in Maine when his … Continue reading

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The Bizarre Life of States Barton Flandreau

Few Civil War soldiers have a story quite like States B. Flandreau. The New York native first fought in a Confederate regiment, switched teams across the Rappahannock, and was separately wounded and captured while serving in both armies. Throughout his … Continue reading

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Army Posts Since 1860

The names of U.S. Army posts are in the news of late. In an effort to inform the debate, here is some information about how the names and current situation came about, as expressed in three maps.

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The Beard of Joe Revere

We’ve had some pretty heavy-duty discussions on the blog lately, so, in the immortal words of Monty Python: “And now for something completely different.” Civil War beards seem to provide endless entertainment, but in all my years of hearing people … Continue reading

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Debate at Alamo Square: Charles Anderson Takes a Bold Stand

ECW is pleased to welcome back David T. Dixon. The day after the news of Abraham Lincoln’s 1860 election reached San Antonio, handbills appeared on walls and fences around town. The posters called for all Breckenridge men to assemble in … Continue reading

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In Memoriam: Ted Alexander

Emerging Civil War was saddened to learn earlier this week of the death of our friend Ted Alexander, former historian at Antietam National Battlefield and director of the Chambersburg Civil War Seminars. In 2016, Ted was the inaugural recipient of … Continue reading

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Sheridan and the Franco-Prussian War

150 years ago this month, the Franco-Prussian War broke out. By early September the Prussian/German forces had smashed two French armies, captured Emperor Napoleon III, and were marching to Paris to lay siege to the city. When the war ended … Continue reading

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The author speaks out on his work: Texas Brigadier to the Fall of Atlanta: John Bell Hood

Every Civil War historian hopes that her/his work will add a few nuggets to the literature. Here’s a candidate from my recent book, Texas Brigadier to the Fall of Atlanta: John Bell Hood (Mercer University Press, 2019). In Stephen M. … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: The “Wounding” of Richard Ewell

Part of a series. Arguably the most criticized member of the Confederate high command at Gettysburg was 46-year-old Lt. Gen. Richard S. Ewell. Ewell assumed command of the Confederate Second Corps prior to the Gettysburg Campaign, and after the death … Continue reading

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