Category Archives: Regiments

Under Fire: Battlefield Guide Map for the Charge of the First Maine Heavy Artillery

The First Maine Heavy Artillery famously participated in the last desperate attempt in June 1864 to simply seize Petersburg by direct assault. Many incorrectly assume the battle was the first for these callups from the Washington defenses, though a Sesquicentennial … Continue reading

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Purge of the Second Louisiana Native Guards

Sometimes courage and leadership among military officers lies not in leading a battlefield charge, but challenging injustice directly. Such leadership occurred by the line officers of the Louisiana Native Guards, the largest concentration of African American military officers in the … Continue reading

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Fallen Leaders: Col. Hiram Brown of the 145th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry

In 1853 Hiram L. Brown was a running a successful hotel in Erie, Pennsylvania and was Captain of the Wayne Guards militia. When war broke out, he joined the 90-day Erie Regiment as the Captain of Company B. The regiment … Continue reading

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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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