Category Archives: Primary Sources

Soldier-Artists and the Battle Experience (Part II)

This is the second of two posts regarding soldier-artists and their depictions of the experience of battle. Part I may be found here. To appreciate the extent that images such as Adolph Metzner’s Cozy corner defied the conventions of mainstream art, it … Continue reading

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Soldier-Artists and the Battle Experience (Part I)

This is the first of two posts regarding soldier-artists and their depictions of the experience of battle. “Pshaw. It’s no use, they can’t picture a battle,” exclaimed the young son of Reverend A. M. Stewart of the 102nd Pennsylvania Volunteers, a … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 10/30-11/5/17

What’s the most **haunting quote from the Civil War? If you feel like it, share why it is so important/memorable to you. **That quote that you just can’t forget – doesn’t need to have anything to do with ghosts, ghoulies, … Continue reading

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Battlefield Markers & Monuments: Gettysburg vs. Petersburg

A veteran Union general reflected on battlefield landscapes, markers, and monuments several decades after the war during a visit to Petersburg, Virginia. There is a peculiar impressiveness about the forsaken. Some deep places in us are moved by a forlorn … Continue reading

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A Civil War Soldier Reflects on the Comet of 1861

Emerging Civil War welcomes back guest author Jake Wynn “All who saw the comet last night witnessed an unusual celestial phenomenon,” wrote the Hartford Courant on the morning of July 1, 1861. “A comet, exceeding in brilliancy, size, and proximity … Continue reading

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Battlefield Markers & Monuments: Yorktown Monument – A Victim of Another War

It was early in the war, in the spring of 1862 when the armies converged on Yorktown, Virginia.  The fact that many had not yet seen combat and been hardened to the realities of war, combined with the surge of … Continue reading

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He Should’ve Died (But We’re Glad He Didn’t)

That’s a terrible thing to think or say. “He should’ve died.” However, with some of the medical situations during the Civil War, it’s a thought that occasionally crosses the mind of a historian. Sometimes, there was an injury or illness … Continue reading

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A Question of Morale

One of the controversial aspects of the Chancellorsville Campaign was the decision by Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker to send his cavalry under Brig. Gen. George Stoneman into central Virginia. Hooker envisioned that Stoneman’s troopers would disrupt Robert E. Lee’s lines … Continue reading

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Jackson Flank Attack Ground Saved

The Central Virginia Battlefield Trust has worked hard over the years to help in the effort to preserve the ground in which Stonewall Jackson’s famous flank attack made history in May 1863. Their most recent announcement shares the great news … Continue reading

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Voices of the Maryland Campaign: September 20, 1862

The day began with Confederate soldiers, led by A.P. Hill’s Division, advancing back to Boteler’s Ford downstream from Shepherdstown, ordered there because of the alarm Pendleton created the previous night that crossing Federals captured all of his 44 guns (in … Continue reading

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