Category Archives: Photography

Historian’s Toolkit: Identifying 96th Illinois Soldiers

Diana L. Dretske authored The Bonds of War: A Story of Immigrants and Esprit de Corps in Company C, 96th Illinois Volunteer Infantry which is part of the Engaging The Civil War Series with Southern Illinois University Press. Today, she shares about her … Continue reading

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Had Come Close to a Dazzling Victory

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The Deep Cut Burns

A couple of weeks ago, Manassas National Battlefield held a controlled burn in the area of the Deep Cut. Here, on August 30, 1862, thousands of Union soldiers led by Maj. Gen. Fitz John Porter attacked Confederate troops positioned along … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 3/15-3/21/21

Some more historic photography questions… What is your favorite colorized Civil War photograph? What is your favorite original (black and white) Civil War photograph?

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Question of the Week: 3/8-3/14/21

Have you seen the animations of historical photographs that have been appearing on social media? Love them, hate them, or not sure?

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Ten Cent Jimmy

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Melissa Winn: “Don’t Be Afraid to be Right”

To kick off Women’s History Month, I took some time to do a podcast interview with Melissa Winn, the director of photography for HistoryNet. Melissa is the one in charge of all the great photos you see in Civil War … Continue reading

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40th Parallel

Columbia, Pennsylvania, is a gritty river industrial town that dates back to the mid 18th-Century and straddles the 40th Parallel – a small stone marker marks that designation right along the Susquehanna River in Lancaster County. What makes the town … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Confederate Cemetery at Spotsylvania Court House (In The Snow)

Fallen Union soldiers from the battlefields of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, The Wilderness, and Spotsylvania Court House were eventually laid to rest in Fredericksburg National Cemetery. But what happened to the Confederate graves? Many of the Confederate dead were disinterred and reburied … Continue reading

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Fort Fisher: The Last Bastion

The Confederacy’s greatest bastion arguably was Fort Fisher located some 15 miles south of Wilmington, NC, on the ocean exposed dune-scapes of far eastern reaches of the Tar Heel State. When it fell into Union hands on January 15, 1865, … Continue reading

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