Category Archives: Sieges

“Day dreams are . . . the amusement of boys”

I mentioned a few days ago a letter written by Confederate Lt. William Drenner, trapped in Vicksburg by the besieging Federal army. A letter to his wife turned into a running account of his time trapped in the beleaguered city. … Continue reading

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The Sentra Has Landed: A Fresh Start in Vicksburg

ECW is pleased to welcome back Andrew Miller. A historian with the National Park Service, Andrew just accepted a new position at Vicksburg National Military Park. He formerly worked at Liberty Island in New York City. We arrived in Vicksburg, … Continue reading

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“One day could be like another”

For anyone who might’ve forgotten, the siege of Vicksburg was grinding along 155 years ago today. We spent a little time in mid-May commemorating the campaign for Vicksburg and the initial attacks on the city. And all good Civil War … Continue reading

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Symposium Spotlight: Grant Crosses the James

reporting by ECW Correspondent Shannon Nichols Edward Alexander has made a career focusing on the end of the Petersburg Campaign. He’s a former historian with Pamplin Historical Park, which preserves the spot where Federals finally broke through the Confederate line … Continue reading

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Petersburg, the most researched battle of late?

The Petersburg Battlefields Foundation hosted its first stakeholders meeting yesterday to present its strategic plan to potential partners. As the organization’s tourism chair, I planned to spotlight a few new Petersburg publications to illustrate how scholarship on the campaign has … Continue reading

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“The Forlorn Hope”

by Andrew Miller As Memorial Day weekend approaches, I cannot help but reflect about the great sacrifices our men and women have made for our great country. Like many of the followers of Emerging Civil War, the great contest for … Continue reading

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Scenes from Vicksburg (postscript)

part of a series After my two and a half days in Vicksburg, I’m safely ensconced back home in the heart of the Eastern Theater of the Civil War. But wow, what a time I had. I had a few … Continue reading

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Scenes from Vicksburg, Day 3 (part four)

part of a series We wrapped up our Facebook LIVE broadcasts with a segment from Vicksburg National Cemetery. 17,000 men are buried in the cemetery, 14,000 are unidentified. As a special treat, the park’s former chief historian, Terry Winschel, joined … Continue reading

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Scenes from Vicksburg, Day 3 (part three)

part of a series After a wicked cool firing demonstration provided exclusively for us by Vicksburg National Military Park, we took a trip to the northern tip of the park to visit the USS Cairo. The Cairo was a city-class … Continue reading

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Scenes from Vicksburg, Day 3 (part two)

part of a series For most of the day on Thursday, we concentrated on sites in Vicksburg National Military Park. Here’s a little promo Kris shot. And here’s an introductory piece we did about artillery, featuring Parker Hills and the … Continue reading

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