Category Archives: Sesquicentennial

A Conversation with CVBT’s Elizabeth Heffernan (part two)

(part two of three) We’re talking this week with Elizabeth Heffernan, the new executive director of the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust (CVBT). Yesterday, Elizabeth shared an overview of the organization. Today, she talks a bit about the road that brought … Continue reading

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A Conversation with Dave Ruth, Richmond’s Retiring Superintendent (part three)

(part three of five) I’ve been talking with Dave Ruth, who retired this week as superintendent of Richmond National Battlefield after serving there for 26 years. During yesterday’s segment of my conversation with Dave, we talked about the important preservation … Continue reading

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The Future of Civil War History: Kelly Mezurek

from ECW’s Kelly Mezurek In Northerners at War: Reflections on the Civil War Home Front, J. Matthew Gallman states that “the history of the Civil War is—in a variety of ways—a story of fundamental similarities amongst diverse people, and at … Continue reading

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The Future of Civil War History: Chris Kolakowski

What is the future of Civil War history? On the surface, the question is amusingly phrased, asking for the future of something that has occurred in the past. But below the surface there is a serious matter for discussion.  The … Continue reading

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The Future of Civil War History: Kevin Pawlak

Civil War history has perhaps never been so prevalent to Americans than it is today. With the close of the sesquicentennial and the onset of the so-called Confederate culture wars, the story of our nation’s greatest struggle still resonates with … Continue reading

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The Future of Civil War History: Jim Broomall (part two)

part two of a four-part interview At the end of last week, we started a conversation with Dr. James Broomall, co-editor of a special issue of the journal Civil War History that looks at “The Future of Civil War History.” … Continue reading

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Black Confederates: Laborers or Soldiers? (part one)

part one of a series When I first arrived at the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park in 2005, I was very interested in researching black Confederate soldiers. Over the past 11 years, I have read books on this subject, … Continue reading

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Year in Review 2015: The Sesquicentennial

2015 saw the closing act of the Civil War Sesquicentennial. For four years, Civil War buffs, students, and aficionados tromped battlefields, attended ceremonies, and commemorated sacrifices, and the closing months of the war provided some of the most memorable opportunities … Continue reading

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“I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day,” Reconsidered

ECW has been experiencing a phenomenon of sorts. Apparently one of our older posts, December 13, 2011, has suddenly become very popular–more popular than when it first was published. And when I say popular, I am not talking about ten … Continue reading

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The Last Flag Down: A Sesquicentennial Commemoration of the CSS Shenandoah’s Surrender

Today, we are pleased to welcome guest author Ed Wilson. For those from Britain with an interest in the American Civil War, the sites are quite literally half a world away. During the sesquicentennial commemorations many looked on enviously at … Continue reading

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