Category Archives: Photography

Their Faces: Those Who Fought To Be Free – A Photographic Essay

When I have a lazy evening, I like to wander through the files of photographs on the Library of Congress website. The rain drummed outside, its even cadence echoing the drums of war from long past years. I decided to … Continue reading

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Benning’s Breastworks at the Burnside Bridge

People visiting the Antietam battlefield often wonder why the Confederate defenders did not entrench or build breastworks to strengthen their positions. After all, Antietam’s landscape is not marred by miles of trenches and extant earthworks. “Why not?” they wonder. Answering … Continue reading

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Collecting Civil War General CDVs

Ever since elementary school, I’ve been fascinated with studying the American Civil War, particularly its generals. I’m most interested in the generals who died during the course of the war—either from wounds, illnesses, or accidents. I’ve been collecting antique photographs … Continue reading

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2018 Year in Review: #5

We’re counting down ECW’s ten most-read posts from 2018. Coming in at number five, Kevin Pawlak offers us a battlefield mystery involving an officer once lauded by D. H. Hill as “one of the most finished scholars on the continent, … Continue reading

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Preservation News: Preserving History Digitally

In this age of the Internet, professional and amateur historians have the ability to research – and preserve – history digitally. Since the advent of the twenty-first century, we can now scour digital archives, find rare academic articles in databases, … Continue reading

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Facebook Cover Photo: General Edwin Vose Sumner with his Staff, 1862

Emerging Civil War has decided to give you a little more information about the cover photos (often called “banners”) we post on our Facebook page. We hope everyone is following us on Facebook! Our latest Facebook cover photo is a … Continue reading

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Remarkable Photograph of a Civil War and World War I General Together

Two years ago I took advantage of a roundtable talk in Ohio to visit the Clark County Historical Society in Springfield. I found some fantastic material on the 110th Ohio Infantry, one of the units who made the Breakthrough attack … Continue reading

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Upton’s Attack Plain

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Railroads – Images of Trains and Tracks

As an editor at Emerging Civil War, I am so excited about our series on railroads! Our authors are working together and contributing some wonderful articles, and you are going to love what’s “coming down the tracks” next week in … Continue reading

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Did Alexander Gardner photograph Charles Tew’s corpse in the Sunken Road?

Charles Tew’s story is compelling. Daniel Harvey Hill called him “one of the most finished scholars on the continent, and [who] had no superior as a soldier in the field.”(1) Indeed he was. Tew graduated first in his class from … Continue reading

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