Category Archives: Ties to the War

ECW Weekender: The Virginiana Collection at the Central Rappahannock Regional Library

Usually, our ECW Weekenders profile battlefields and historic sites to visit. This weekend, I want to share word about a groovy little spot to do some research. This past week, I had the opportunity to our through some of the … Continue reading

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Civil War Echoes: Chennault and the Flying Tigers

One of the most famous flying units of World War II was the American Volunteer Group (AVG) under Claire Lee Chennault (pictured). Known as the “Flying Tigers,” the AVG fought in China and Southeast Asia for 7 months (20 December … Continue reading

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Grant, the Wilderness, and the Loneliness of Command

On the evening of May 6, 1864, Lieutenant General U.S. Grant considered the day’s events. The Battle of the Wilderness had just ended its second day, and Grant’s forces had been  beaten and battered in a way he’d never seen. … Continue reading

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A Reminder at the Polls

At my polling place in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, this morning, the line stretched long out the door of Wilderness Elementary School, wrapping along the edge of the traffic circle. At 6:45 a.m., the temperature was just rising past thirty degrees. … Continue reading

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The Civil War Trails’ Trailblazer: Drew Gruber

Clark Kent isn’t the only one who lives a double life. Within any given day, Drew Gruber, the executive director or Civil War Trails, changes from overall-wearing post-hole digger to suit-donning organizer. “It’s not uncommon for me to be in … Continue reading

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George Washington, “that cold, austere” hero

As the Army of the Potomac crept out of its defenses at Centreville following the battle of Bristoe Station, part of the army passed “not far from Mt. Vernon,” the home of George Washington. Northerners and Southerners alike laid claim to … Continue reading

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War Chicken Redux: The War Horse War Chicken

ECW is pleased to welcome back historian Joe Owen, co-author (with Randy Drais) of Texans at Gettysburg: Blood and Glory with Hood’s Texas Brigade. Every one in a while, I find a humorous story about the soldiers of Hood’s Texas … Continue reading

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The Future of Civil War History: An Interview with Dana Shoaf (part two)

part two of five We continue today our conversation with Civil War Times editor Dana Shoaf on “The Future of Civil War History.” Dana and I spoke at the very beginning of June. Yesterday, during the first part of our … Continue reading

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Civil War Trails: Connecting the Dots

by Drew Gruber A first glance, the iconic brick “Price, Birch & Co.” building in Alexandria, Virginia doesn’t seem to have much in common with the stately, Federal style “Spring Haven” plantation in Sumner County, Tennessee. Today, the “Price, Birch … Continue reading

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Civil War Echoes: Mrs. Longstreet and the B-29

Of all American weapons produced in World War II, including the atomic bomb, the most expensive was the Boeing B-29 Superfortress. Developing and producing the plane cost $3 billion and involved a massive industrial undertaking from plants in all regions … Continue reading

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