Category Archives: Ties to the War

A Close Brush With History—UWF History Trust’s Black Politicians Exhibit

It was recently announced in the last Emerging Civil War newsletter that I’ve taken on a part-time position with the University of West Florida’s Historic Trust in Pensacola, Florida. I had begun volunteering in their Collections Department – and diversifying … Continue reading

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Civil War History and the Dallas Museum of Art: Warriors Fight, The Homefront Mourns

“And his good wife will tear her cheeks in grief, his sons are orphans and he, soaking the soil red with his own blood, he rots away himself—more birds than women flocking round his body!” Homer, The Iliad It’s an … Continue reading

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Civil War History and the Dallas Museum of Art: The Bugler

American Civil War soldier? In the European art gallery at the Dallas Museum of Art? No…

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Civil War History & The Dallas Museum of Art: Five Boys on a Wall

Eastman Johnson is one of my favorite American 19th Century artists, and I was thrilled to see that the Dallas Museum of Art had one of his works. “Five Boys on a Wall” was created in the 1870’s and shows … Continue reading

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Precedents from the Civil War Era for Another President

April 14, 1865, and November 22, 1963 were days of tragedy. Unsuspecting presidents shot by unsuspected assassins. On that 1865 night, the sixteenth president attended a play at the theater and as laughter rang out the murderer fired a shot … Continue reading

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In Memory of ECW’s Friend Jon Maiellano

I heard on Wednesday that 1 in 500 Americans have died of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, a startling statistic that brought to mind Joseph Stalin’s infamous alleged quote, “a single death is a tragedy, a million deaths … Continue reading

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9-11 and the Lessons of Antietam–10 years later

Ten years ago, on the tenth anniversary of 9/11, I offered a remembrance of sorts about the magnitude of the day coupled with a cautionary reflection about our national tendency to forget events of such magnitude. To make my point, … Continue reading

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Van Gogh as Grant

Earlier this week, my wife and I had the chance to visit the Immersive Van Gogh Experience in Washington, D.C. It was definitely worth a visit. Van Gogh’s art was bold and powerful, and to see it expressed in creative … Continue reading

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On Viewing History

I’ve been watching the news from Afghanistan the past few days and digesting my own reaction and the reaction of people around me, veterans and others alike. The mix of reaction is interesting, and illuminates how historical events often reverberate … Continue reading

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The Bodies In My Hands

I gripped my smartphone this morning. I saw the videos from the Kabul airport in Afghanistan. The ones that seem to be played on just about every news network today. Of people racing along side a U.S. Air Force cargo … Continue reading

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