Category Archives: Primary Sources

Henry Hunt Reflects on the Battle of Chancellorsville

Chancellorsville was a black eye for the Army of the Potomac. But while it no doubt marked the beginning of the end of Joseph Hooker’s stint as army commander, it did not sour the desire for victory among the army’s … Continue reading

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Second Fredericksburg: “What A Picture!”

A few weeks ago, I was working on a project at work for the Second Battle of Fredericksburg. It’s inspiring to think that attacking troops actually did capture Marye’s Heights—but on May 3, 1863, not December 13, 1862. Since the … Continue reading

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Bucklin’s Hospital & Camp: “On the 19th of November the dedication took place” (Part 8)

In Hospital and Camp, A Woman’s Record of Thrilling Incidents Among the Wounded in the Late War by Sophronia E. Bucklin It’s Week 8 of our read-along with extra historical notes and images. If you want to catch up on the … Continue reading

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BookChat with Mark Flotow, editor of In Their Letters, in Their Words

I was pleased to spend some time recently with a new book by historian Mark Flotow. Mr. Flotow is the editor of In Their Letters, in Their Words: Illinois Civil War Soldiers Write Home, a new release from Southern Illinois University … Continue reading

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Supporting the Cause: Union and Confederate Patriotic Envelopes

ECW welcomes guest author Leon Reed About three years ago, my cousin, Jim Reed asked if I’d like to see a scrapbook that had been kept by a civil war ancestor of his. What I got was an incredible collection … Continue reading

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Bucklin’s Hospital & Camp: “I Give Him Into Your Special Charge” (Part 7)

In Hospital and Camp, A Woman’s Record of Thrilling Incidents Among the Wounded in the Late War by Sophronia E. Bucklin It’s Week 7 of our read-along with extra historical notes and images. If you want to catch up on the … Continue reading

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William McLain: On the Subject of Surrendering

ECW welcomes guest author Dan Masters. By August 1864, William Mosby McLain of Co. B, 32nd Ohio Infantry had become an expert on the ins and outs of surrendering. Having taken part in two of the largest mass surrenders of … Continue reading

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Bucklin’s Hospital & Camp: “Everywhere Wounded Men Were Lying In The Streets”

In Hospital and Camp, A Woman’s Record of Thrilling Incidents Among the Wounded in the Late War by Sophronia E. Bucklin It’s Week 6 of our read-along with extra historical notes and images. If you want to catch up on the … Continue reading

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A Conversation with Garry Adelman (conclusion)

part six of a six-part series I’ve been talking this week with Garry Adelman, chief historian at the American Battlefield Trust. Garry wears many other hats, though, including Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg and co-founder of the Center for Civil … Continue reading

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Bucklin’s Record: “A systematic course of ill-treatment toward women nurses” (Part 5)

In Hospital and Camp, A Woman’s Record of Thrilling Incidents Among the Wounded in the Late War by Sophronia E. Bucklin It’s Week 5 of our read-along with extra historical notes and images. If you want to catch up on the … Continue reading

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