Category Archives: Trans-Mississippi

William Freret: From Folly to War to Success

William Freret Jr. enjoyed one of the most unusual careers during the Civil War, including brief service in the Washington Artillery. He also had one of the most successful postbellum professional careers; by the time of his death, he was … Continue reading

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“What Shall Be Done with the Slave?” The 9th Illinois Cavalry and Practical Emancipation

I am frequently sidetracked when scanning through historic newspapers on a quest for specific information. What can I say, the headlines are still doing their job. Such was the case while digitally flipping through August 1862 issues of the Chicago … Continue reading

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Confederates Invade San Francisco?

Shortly before his death in 1886, James I. Waddell, former captain of the CSS Shenandoah, wrote in his memoirs: “I had matured plans for entering the harbor of San Francisco and laying that city under contribution.”[i] Waddell never did pass … Continue reading

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The Unexpected Turn

In my conclusion to Turning Points of the American Civil War, I suggest that Lincoln’s assassination was perhaps a turning point of the war rather than just a tragic coda that followed the surrender at Appomattox. In his outstanding book … Continue reading

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A Conversation with Dave Roth (part three)

(part three in a five-part series) I’ve been talking this week with Blue & Gray Magazine editor Dave Roth, the recipient of this year’s Emerging Civil War Award for Service in Civil War Public History. Yesterday, he shared a few … Continue reading

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A Monumental Discussion: Matthew Christopher Hulbert

Matthew Christopher Hulbert, PhD, a colleague of Emerging Civil War’s through our “Engaging the Civil War” series, teaches history at Texas A&M-Kingsville. He has produced two books on guerrilla warfare in the Civil War, and his essays have appeared in … Continue reading

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Battlefield Protection at Mansfield

This spring, the Civil War Trust, along with Cleco, announced the protection of more than a dozen acres of battlefield ground in DeSoto Parish, Louisiana. Louisiana’s Lt. Governor, Billy Nungesser, as well as Civil War Trust Chairman emeritus John L. … Continue reading

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The Great Naval Leaders

On May 10 I lectured about the Battle of Midway to Old Dominion University’s Institute of Learning in Retirement. Over the course of a wonderful discussion, I assessed one of the U.S. commanders, Raymond Spruance, as “one of the greatest … Continue reading

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The Second City

The Civil War defined America – that statement is heard often in many quarters. We use that phrase in ECW’s tagline. Many effects from that conflict are quite visible in today’s America, while others are not as apparent at first … Continue reading

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WHM Profile: Kristen Trout

by ECW Correspondent Emily Losito Although the Missouri Civil War Museum in St. Louis has only been open for four years, Kristen Trout has been working there a lot longer. When she was younger, Trout helped her father out at … Continue reading

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