Category Archives: Sieges

A Bold Scheme and a Mysterious Coincidence in the Final Days of the Vicksburg Campaign

By July 15, 1863, Gen. Joe Johnston’s “Army of Relief” suddenly found itself in need of relief of its own. Johnston’s impotent posturing during most of the Vicksburg Campaign had done little to alleviate Confederate misfortunes inside the besieged city, … Continue reading

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Arkansas’s Role in the Vicksburg Campaign (part two)

ECW is pleased to welcome guest author Carson Butler. Part two of two. Following victory at Port Gibson, Grant pushed his forces north-eastward, and ultimately marched his army towards Jackson, the capital of Mississippi. After defeating a Confederate force under … Continue reading

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Arkansas’s Role in the Vicksburg Campaign (part one)

ECW is pleased to welcome guest author Carson Butler. Part one of two. The Mississippi River is one of the most defining features of the North American continent, and during the American Civil War, it proved to be vital in … Continue reading

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BookChat with Steven Woodworth and Charles Grear, editors of Vicksburg Besieged

I have been spending a lot of time lately with the latest volume in Southern Illinois University Press’s “Civil War Campaigns in the West” Series, Vicksburg Besieged, edited by Steven E. Woodworth and Charles D. Grear (see info on the … Continue reading

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Maine at War: December 2020

Here’s what our friend Brian Swartz was up to in December at his blog, Maine at War: December 2, 2020: Fraternity remembers Bowdoin brother killed at Cold Harbor Bowdoin College junior Edwin Rogers belonged to Delta Kappa Epsilon when he … Continue reading

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The Confederate Flag and the Assault on the Capitol

How does one process the image of a Confederate battle flag in the United States Capitol? “Trump did what Lee, Jackson, and Davis couldn’t in four years,” a colleague texted me as the first images of insurrectionists started appearing on … Continue reading

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Lessons for 2021 from POWs and Sieges

Last October I looked at how the broadly-parallel experiences of prisoners of war and besieged forces could provide perspectives on the coronavirus situation. Now, as 2020 turns into 2021, I again looked at these situations to see if there are … Continue reading

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Lessons for 2020 from POWs and Sieges

Being captured in battle can be a dramatic and traumatic experience. Instantly you are cut off from what was familiar and definite, and cast into a situation unfamiliar, out of your control, and with a most indefinite future. The same … Continue reading

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Sketch of the Siege of Fredericksburg

View of Fredericksburg from Falmouth, VA, on the north bank of the Rappahannock River.  

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Abraham’s Fifteen Minutes of Fame (pt. 3)

part three of a series Enslaved Abraham became Free Abraham in a matter of seconds. His body arched over the line from the Confederate 3rd Louisiana Redan to the Union 81st Illinois Volunteer Infantry. As the men in blue helped … Continue reading

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