Category Archives: Regiments

The 11th New York Fire Zouaves: Seeing the Elephant, Part 1

The following excerpt is taken from Groeling’s forthcoming book First Fallen: The Life of Colonel Elmer Ellsworth, the North’s First Civil War Hero. It will be released by Savas Beatie and can be preordered here: Colonel Elmer Ellsworth’s regiment … Continue reading

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Hidden 7th Georgia Infantry Marker at Manassas

One of the treats of battlefield exploration is discovering something new – or at least feeling like you’re discovering something new. Upon my first trip to Virginia in 2018, I was determined to follow in the footsteps of a soldier … Continue reading

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Recruiting the Regiment: The 11th New York Fire Zouaves

A post-script to the recruitment blog series… “I want the New York firemen, for there are no more effective men in the country, and none with whom I can do so much. They are sleeping on a volcano at Washington, … Continue reading

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Fighting on the Same Ground: The 10th New York Infantry at Gaines’s Mill and Cold Harbor

Civil War soldiers oftentimes found themselves marching and fighting on the same battlefield multiple times. Veteran members of the 10th New York Infantry have a distinction of attacking the exact spot they had defended two years prior, both times as … Continue reading

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Recruiting The Regiment: Conclusion

It’s time to wrap up the recruiting series as the 160th Anniversary timeline inches ever-closer to the first major battle of the Civil War. Sending a big thank-you to all the ECW authors and guest authors who contributed their research … Continue reading

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Recruiting The Regiment: Off To War At The Movies?

Recruiting scenes have been featured in Civil War movies and television shows for decades. While we could debate at length about the best or most memorable of these moments, here are four that stand out in unique ways and contribute … Continue reading

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Recruiting The Regiment: Stuart Horse Artillery

On December 19, 1861, the following announcement appeared in the Jacksonville Republican in Jacksonville, Alabama. (Spelling and grammar is original.) Capt. John Pelham, of Calhoun county, who is now in the Confederate army at Manassas, temporarily in command of the … Continue reading

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Recruiting The Regiment: The Petersburg Regiment, 12th Virginia Infantry

ECW welcomes John Horn The regiment’s core, known as the Petersburg Battalion, included five infantry companies:  the Petersburg City Guard; the Petersburg Old or ‘A’ Grays; the Petersburg New or ‘B’ Grays; the Lafayette Guards; and the Petersburg Riflemen. Only … Continue reading

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Recruiting the Regiment: “The drowsy lion must have time to collect itself.”

“At the time of my entry into the service, the war had been in progress about a year and a quarter,” wrote John Haley, then a 22-year-old resident of Saco, Maine.[1] “In 1861 I concluded I had a duty to … Continue reading

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Recruiting The Regiment: A New State Answers The Call To War

ECW welcomes Lance J. Herdegen.  News of the firing on Fort Sumter in 1861 was announced from the pulpits of small-town churches and elsewhere on a peaceful Sunday morning in Wisconsin. “The effect…can hardly be told upon those who had … Continue reading

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