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Dranesville: A Troubled Town, Part 3

Part three in a series. Part One is here, and Part Two is here.  War had come, and the people of Herkimer County, New York answered. Located towards the center of the state, the New Yorkers soon heard of Lincoln’s call for 75,000 volunteers to put down the rebellion. “This was stimulated by sermons bristling […]

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Dranesville, a Troubled Town: Part 2

Part One Can Be Found Here. The white men of Virginia went to the polls on a warm May 23, 1861 to vote on the secession referendum passed a month earlier by a delegates’ convention. By the time the ballots were counted, the secessionists outvoted the Unionists by almost 100,000 ballots.[1] In Fairfax County there […]

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Dranesville: A Troubled Town, Part 1

The 1st Pennsylvania Reserve Cavalry rode into Dranesville just past 5 a.m. on November 27, 1861, two hours before sunrise. Having left their camps not far from Langley, Virginia the previous night, the Pennsylvanians split up and swept into the town to carry out their mission. Knocking down doors, the troopers sought out their assignments: […]

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April 2024 Emerging Civil War Newsletter Now Available

We have a ton of news in the latest issue of the Emerging Civil War newsletter. Did you get your copy? In the April 2024 issue: We announced some important staffing changes, with new responsibilities for Neil Chatelain, Patrick Kelly-Fischer, and Brian Swartz; We introduce our new social media manager, Darren Rawlings; We celebrate exciting […]

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A Life Ended, A Life Remembered

Today is the 162nd anniversary of the battle of Dranesville, fought in Fairfax County, Virginia.   I’ve written about the battle consistently for ECW over the years, and my book about the battle will be published in 2024 through Savas Beatie. It was a battle that did not alter the war or offer any turning […]

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Pennsylvania Militia Experience “An Awful Sight” at the Antietam Battlefield

In the Fall of 1862, the threat of invasion loomed large for the citizens of southcentral Pennsylvania. With General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia on their doorstep, on September 4, 1862, Pennsylvania Governor Andrew Curtin issued a proclamation, calling on the citizens of the Commonwealth “to arm and prepare for defense.”[1] Less than […]

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ECW’s January 2022 Newsletter Now Available

If you’re looking for the latest news from Emerging Civil War, our January 2022 newsletter went out today via the digital lightning. If you’re a subscriber, check your inboxes. If not, you should be! In the meantime, you can access it here. In this issue:

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Week In Review: December 20-26, 2021

We hope you’re having a nice holiday season! This week was full of historical Christmas accounts, a few book reviews, and lots of “seasons greetings.” Here’s the Week in Review, in case you missed any of the festive fun. Monday, December 20: Question of the Week examined narrative writers of history. Neil P. Chatelain shared […]

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Week In Review: October 18-24, 2021

The series “First Experiences Under Fire” continued this week and other highlights included posts for the historic anniversaries of Cedar Creek and Ball’s Bluff. Monday, October 18: Question of the Week asked about your autumn reading list. Under Fire: Sarah Kay Bierle posted an account from A.F. Shaw’s reminiscence in the 4th Georgia Cavalry.

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