Category Archives: Ties to the War

Charles Henry Veil, John Reynolds, and the Johnstown Flood

Following the death of Maj. Gen. John Reynolds on the first day of the battle of Gettysburg, staff member Charles Henry Veil was tasked with recovering Reynolds’s body. Veil’s involvement in that mission would end with a strange postscript, years … Continue reading

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Wearing the Beard

I thought it’d be fun to end June on a light note…. Let’s face it, as Civil War fans, we have all had a discussion at least once about the craziest Civil War beards. Here at ECW, we’ve certainly had … Continue reading

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Stumped at Spotsy?

What does this cement block have to do with the battle of the Mule Shoe at Spotsylvania Court House? Spotsy Stump marker

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You May Be Whatever You Resolve To Be—Sort Of

As a Stonewall Jackson fanboy, I admit I was disappointed to learn today of news that the Virginia Military Institute will be removing Stonewall Jackson’s name from the campus’s Jackson Memorial Hall and the Jackson Arch, which spans the passageway … Continue reading

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Exploring Gettysburg with Sue Boardman (part six)

conclusion of a series We wrap up our series with Licensed Battlefield Guide Sue Boardman today on the backside of the Pennsylvania Memorial, where we tried to find what shelter we could from the wind that bedeviled us all day. … Continue reading

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My Civil War Evening with Jimmy Carter

Some years ago, I taught evening courses at Oglethorpe University in northeast Atlanta. One of my students, Lauren Gay, happened to work at the Jimmy Carter Center and Presidential Library. In August 2012 she arranged for me to give a … Continue reading

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When President Kennedy–and Professor Wiley–Stepped In

In the final report of the U.S. Civil War Centennial Commission, issued in 1968, Chairman Allan Nevins recalled “the great wave of popular interest in the Civil War” that led Congress to authorize the Commission in 1957. He also remembered … Continue reading

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“‘Tis folly to say the people must have news”: Sherman, the Press, and Our Own Culpability

In a Feb. 18, 1863, letter to his brother, Sen. John Sherman of Ohio, Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman lamented what he saw as a deterioration of American ideals. In order to defeat the Confederacy, he feared that the United … Continue reading

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BookChat with Le’Trice D. Donaldson, author of Duty Beyond the Battlefield

I was pleased to spend some time recently with a book by historian Le’Trice D. Donaldson, author of Duty Beyond the Battlefield: African American Soldiers Fight for Racial Uplift, Citizenship, and Manhood, 1870-1920, published by Southern Illinois University Press (find out … Continue reading

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Civil War References in President Biden’s Inaugural Address

President Biden’s inaugural address today contained a number of Civil War references. Here’s a run-down:

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