Don’t Forget! First ECW Pop Up Tour

Our first ever ECW Pop Up Tour, led by Kevin Pawlak and Dan Welch, will take place this Saturday, May 26, at Antietam National Battlefield. The tour will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information, you may click here. The cost of the tour is $20 and all proceeds will go toward preservation work with Civil War Trails. You may click on the button below to reserve your spot.




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Question of the Week: 5/21-5/27/18

You may have noticed Chris Mackowski participate in the recent American Battlefield Trust Facebook Live Videos for the 155th Anniversary of the Vicksburg Campaign.

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned about the Siege of Vicksburg? (At any time, not limited to the recent videos)

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National Park Records Release

The National Park Service this week released decades of park records for public search and use. Their press release reads as follows:

The National Park Service (NPS) today unveils a newly launched public website: pubs.etic.nps.gov that is making more than 32,000 NPS records available to the public. Academic researchers, students, history enthusiasts, educators, and the like will discover a multitude of collections.  Continue reading

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ECW Week in Review May 13-20

It has been another incredible week here at Emerging Civil War. Once again, we partnered with our great friends at the American Battlefield Trust for Facebook Live Events for the 155th Anniversary of the Vicksburg Campaign. We are also one weekend away from our first ever pop up tour at Antietam (you may click here for more information and here to register). Spots also remain available for our Fifth Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium (you may click here to reserve your space). You may click on the links below to read each post.

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One Week To Go Until ECW’s First Pop Up Tour

We are only one short week away from ECW’s first ever Pop Up Tour. Join Kevin Pawlak and Dan Welch at the Antietam National Battlefield as they explore the actions of George Hartsuff’s Union brigade in the famous Cornfield. For more information, you may click here. To reserve your spot, click on the Paypal link below. The cost for the tour is $20. All proceeds go to assist Civil War Trails with preservation efforts.




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Scenes from Vicksburg (postscript)

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After my two and a half days in Vicksburg, I’m safely ensconced back home in the heart of the Eastern Theater of the Civil War. But wow, what a time I had. I had a few extra shots I wanted to share that didn’t necessarily fit in with the rest of the collection, so I thought I’d add a quick postscript.

I also wanted to offer a huge thank-you to the American Battlefield Trust for inviting Emerging Civil War to partner with them on this fantastic Facebook LIVE excursion—with a particular shout out to the Trust’s education manager, Kris White. The Trust has been a fantastic partner to work with, and we’re so glad we’re able to help support their important preservation work. (Thanks, too, to the Trust’s Connor Townsend for all her great camera work, directing, and social media management!)

I also want to offer a big thank-you to Vicksburg National Military Park. I was honestly stunned by how many people who followed along on the Facebook broadcasts said things like, “I didn’t know that much about Vicksburg.” It’s every bit as important as Gettysburg and worth just as much close study. I also saw a lot of people say, “I’ve never been there, but I want to go now that I’ve seen this.” I assure you, it’s an impressive park that will not disappoint. If you make the trip to Vicksburg, you will not be disappointed!

Vicksburg front sign

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Scenes from Vicksburg, Day 3 (part four)

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We wrapped up our Facebook LIVE broadcasts with a segment from Vicksburg National Cemetery. 17,000 men are buried in the cemetery, 14,000 are unidentified.

As a special treat, the park’s former chief historian, Terry Winschel, joined us to wrap up the siege. Terry is a legendary figure and a Southern gentleman (even though originally from Pittsburgh), so it was a real treat for me to meet him.

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Terry Winschel lets Kris White pick his brain about the siege of Vicksburg.

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Scenes from Vicksburg, Day 3 (part three)

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After a wicked cool firing demonstration provided exclusively for us by Vicksburg National Military Park, we took a trip to the northern tip of the park to visit the USS Cairo. The Cairo was a city-class brownwater ironclad that has the distinction of being the first ship ever sunk by an electronic mine—or, as NPS historian Ray Hamel described it, what today we’d really describe as an IED. Ray gave us a great tour and then as a special bonus let us check out the museum’s collection of ordinance recovered from the Cairo.

Cairo hole

The hole created by the explosion can be seen here in the center of the photo, below the ship’s waterline. Amazingly, no one was killed in the explosion even though two gun crews were working in close proximity.

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Scenes from Vicksburg, Day 3 (part two)

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For most of the day on Thursday, we concentrated on sites in Vicksburg National Military Park. Here’s a little promo Kris shot. And here’s an introductory piece we did about artillery, featuring Parker Hills and the artillery display outside the park’s visitor center.

From there, we went to one of the most recognizable spots on the battlefield: the Shirley House and the Illinois monument, near the 3rd Louisiana Redan. We shot a video in front of the Shirley House–which Federal soldiers called “the white house”–and one in the redan itself, then we went down the road a piece to the Stockade Redan to talk about the action that took place there, too.

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Historians Tim Smith Kris White, Scott Babinowich, and Parker Hills, with the Trusts social media guru Connor Townsend in front of the Shirley House

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Scenes from Vicksburg, Day 3 (part one)

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I’ve been in Vicksburg for the American Battlefield Trust and Emerging Civil War to commemorate the 155th anniversary of the Vicksburg campaign. We actually started Thursday’s adventures with a holdover from Wednesday: a Facebook LIVE shoot from Grand Gulf. Water in the Mississippi was so high that it came up to the historic riverbank, so we got to stand along the water’s edge just where we would have in April of 1863. Parker Hills filled us in on the action.

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With the high water of the Mississippi just behind them, Kris White and Parker Hills explain to our Facebook audience just how point-blank Federal gunships came to the shoreline during the battle of Grand Gulf on April 29, 1863. Connor Townsend is behind the camera.

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