Category Archives: Slavery

Black Confederates: Laborers or Soldiers? (part four)

Part four of a series Some people suggested using slaves to fight from the very beginning of the war. However, the overwhelming fear was of slave insurrection. The John Brown raid was less than two years before the Civil War … Continue reading

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Black Confederates: Laborers or Soldiers? (part three)

part three in a series At the beginning of the Civil War, blacks tried to enlist in both armies as soldiers but were denied by both. Enslaved men were taken to the Confederate army by their slaveowners. Free blacks were … Continue reading

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Sailors Are Not Soldiers

Civil War deep-water sailors—North and South—were not like soldiers. They came from very different backgrounds and fought a much different war. “[They] looked, moved, and talked like typical sailors,” noted one study. “Ruddy cheeks worn by the sun and wind, … Continue reading

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Black Confederates: Laborers or Soldiers? (part two)

part two of a series In 2010, I went to the Virginia Civil War 150 Signature Conference at Norfolk State University. This Conference was entitled, “Race, Slavery and the Civil War: The Tough Stuff of American History and Memory.” One … 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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Thoughts On The Movie “Union Bound”

Since I first saw the trailer for the new Civil War movie Union Bound (released in select theaters on Friday, April 22, 2016), I knew I wanted to go see it. After all, how often does a film based on the … Continue reading

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Remembering the Flag Raising Over Fort Sumter

By Julie Mujic Residents of Waukesha, Wisconsin, celebrated Lee’s surrender on the evening of April 9, 1865, along with the rest of the North. The long war was ending and their loved ones might finally return home. Despite their distance from … Continue reading

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An 1866 Guide to the Disenfranchised

Today, we are pleased to welcome guest author Greg Bailey. More than any other state Missouri was divided by the Civil War. Missouri was a slave state, but slavery did not dominate the economy as in other states. Proslavery Missourians … Continue reading

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The First Peacetime Christmas–December 25, 1865

The war was over, and peace had come at last. But Christmas that year was marred by a tremendous gale which swept along the Atlantic coast on December 20, wrecking many ships and drowning some of the people who had … 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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