Category Archives: Politics

Prisoner of War or Constructive Deserter?

It pays to read the (often lengthy) footnotes when researching first-person accounts in the venerable Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Seemingly minor vignettes can speak to big issues. An article by Colonel Rush C. Hawkins describing his service … Continue reading

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British Rebels: The International Civil War

The Confederacy campaigned vigorously for international recognition and support while the United States risked war with Great Britain to prevent that eventuality. Civil War aficionados might be familiar with “King Cotton” and perhaps the Trent Affair, but few recognize how … Continue reading

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Beyond the 13th Amendment: Ending Slavery in the Indian Territory

Emerging Civil War welcomes back guest author Neil P. Chatelain When exactly did legal slavery end in the United States? Many Americans unfamiliar with the particulars of the Civil War respond with 1863 and the issuing of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. Still … Continue reading

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SC’s Constitutional Convention @ the Charleston Club

Walking down Meeting Street in Charleston the other day, I passed the site of the former Charleston Club. The spot is marked with a historical sign that tells the story of South Carolina’s first postwar Constitutional Convention.  

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“The Last Notable American Duel”: California and its influence on the Civil War

Part of a series about California & The Civil War Lately, there has been a rumble here in California that cannot be attributed to another earthquake. As Civil War historians widen their scope, it must be observed that the real … Continue reading

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Symposium Spotlight: The Twisting Turns of the Election of ’64—The Point of No Return

by ECW Correspondent Josh Svetz Rea Andrew Redd has loved the Civil War all his life. Starting with reading Life magazine’s six-part series on the Civil War as a kid, Redd gets as much of a thrill from delving into … Continue reading

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Congressman Wheeler Speaks in the House on Causes of the War

Jack Melton, publisher of Civil War News, often talks with me about little-known sources and items in Civil War history. Recently he pointed me to one such: a speech by Joseph Wheeler, later Confederate major general, then U. S. Representative … Continue reading

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Maryland, My Maryland? Jefferson Davis and the Maryland Campaign of September 1862

Confederate soldiers splashing across the Potomac River in early September 1862 jubilantly bellowed out the tune “Maryland, My Maryland” as they marched into the Old Line State. Just months earlier, with the war escalating around the Confederate capital of Richmond, … Continue reading

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A Conversation with Emma Murphy (part five)

(part five of five) For Women’s History Month, we’ve been talking with women who work in Civil War public history. This week, we’ve been sharing a conversation with Emma Murphy, park guide at Andrew Johnson National Historic Site. While earning … Continue reading

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A Conversation with Emma Murphy (part four)

(part four of five) Emma Murphy is a park guide at Andrew Johnson National Historic Site. In yesterday’s segment of our interview with Emma, she discussed the philosophical battle Johnson engaged in with Radical Republicans in Congress in the wake … Continue reading

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