The Other Beauregard Monument

Pierre G.T. Beauregard

Welcome back, guest author Sean Michael Chick

For Civil War historians living outside of Louisiana, Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard is a colorful figure. For many, he is an underrated commander. For others, a figure who is exotic and comical, particularly given his overly dramatic statements and pronouncements. In Louisiana though he is something more, one of the state’s most famous natives. His roots go back to the founding of the colony.

Beauregard’s family were the Toutant-Beauregards. The French Beauregards married the last survivor of the Toutant family, Welsh refugees from Edward I’s conquest of Wales (1277-1283). The first to arrive in French Louisiana was Jacques Toutant-Beauregard, who led a convoy that brought supplies to Louisiana during the War of the Spanish Succession (1701-1714). Jacques brought back timber to France and won the Cross of St. Louis for his actions. He moved to Louisiana after the war. Continue reading

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Scenes from Vicksburg, Day 1 (part 2)

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We landed in Jackson, Mississippi, yesterday to kick off our Facebook LIVE events from the Vicksburg campaign. Although we presented the campaign a little out of order, we wanted to take advantage of being there, so Jackson became our first program.

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The sign at Battlefield Park explaining the action. The earthworks are mislabeled, though: they were built by Federals during the siege of Jackson in July 1863, not by Confederates during the May 1863 battle.

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Scenes from Vicksburg, Day 1 (part 1)

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I’m with my ECW co-founder Kris White in Vicksburg, Mississippi, to help the American Battlefield Trust commemorate the 155th anniversary of Grant’s campaign to take the city. While you’ll be able to follow our adventures on Facebook LIVE, I thought I’d share a few extra pictures from along the way.

One of our stops yesterday was Grant’s canal on DeSoto Point, in what’s today Delta, Louisiana. Because the Facebook app crashed, we shot our piece in three segments (one, two, three). I thought I broke Facebook!

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Little remains of the canal, although it’s distinct enough to see well in person. The far end, shown here, still collects water.

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Symposium Spotlight: An Overview of Turning Points

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Dunkerly@Podiumby ECW correspondent Lucas Sperduti

Historian and award-winning author Robert M. Dunkerly will start off the 2018 Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge as the first speaker to take the stage.

Dunkerly holds a degree in history from St. Vincent College and a Masters in Historic Preservation from Middle Tennessee State University. “I always liked history. I could read it and understand it. The books just felt right,” said Dunkerly.  Continue reading

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“Six Days in September”: Author Alexander Rossino Adds His Voice

I interviewed Ted Savas, publisher of Alexander Rossino’s fiction work Six Days in September. At that time Alex Rossino graciously offered the opportunity for an interview. Time is a slippery fish, and sometimes it gets away from me, but finally, I am able to introduce ECW readers to Alexander B. Rossino, award-winning WWII historian and the author of Hitler Strikes Poland: Blitzkrieg, Ideology, and Atrocity.

MG: Before we get to Six Days in September, tell us something about yourself, please. Continue reading

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Facebook LIVE from Vicksburg, Today through Thursday!

vicksburg-live-graphicWe’re hitting Facebook LIVE again this week, this time from the banks of the Father of All Rivers. Yep—ECW is heading to Vicksburg, Mississippi, to broadcast live!

Emerging Civil War is pleased to once again partner with the American Battlefield Trust and the National Park Service for two and a half days of programs that highlight Grant’s overland campaign through central Mississippi to the outskirts of the “Gibraltar of the South.”

ECW co-founder and Trust Education Manager Kris White will emcee, with ECW’s Chris Mackowski as co-host. Also joining us will be historians Timothy B. Smith, Susan McCaa, and Parker Hills, NPS historians Scott Babinowich and Terry Winschel, and others.

For more details, read the letter Kris sent to Trust supporters yesterday:  Continue reading

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“Grant” by Ron Chernow – A Review

Emerging Civil War welcomes guest author James F. Epperson

Many compelling tales come out of the history of the American Civil War. One of the most interesting is the story of the slouchy Ohio-born tanner’s son who progressed from leather-goods store clerk to Lieutenant General and commander of the Union armies and who began the war having trouble getting any position at all in the Federal war effort, yet ended up accepting the surrender of Robert E. Lee’s Confederate Army of Northern Virginia in Wilmer McLean’s parlor. There have been many biographies of Grant in recent years, and Chernow’s, while suffering from some flaws, is perhaps the best.

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J.E.B. Stuart and the Question of Corps Command

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In the days after his victory in the Chancellorsville Campaign, Gen. Robert E. Lee faced a number of critical decisions, among them the reorganization of his Army of Northern Virginia. The death of Lt. Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson on May 10, 1863 had left a void at corps command. There were a number of officers, including Maj. Gens. Richard Ewell, Ambrose Powell Hill and Richard Anderson in the running to replace Jackson. Another name which may have been the most intriguing was the commander of Lee’s cavalry division, Maj. Gen. James Ewell Brown “Jeb” Stuart. Over the course of the last month or so, I’ve been trying to locate primary evidence regarding Stuart’s consideration for corps command. The search is far from over, in fact in may never be over, but I wanted to share what I have found so far and offer my thoughts on the matter. I also invite our readers to share any primary sources on the subject for additional research.

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Question of the Week: 5/14-5/20/18

In your opinion, would John C. Breckinridge have been a better choice for Confederate president than Jefferson Davis? Why or why not?

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ECW Week in Review May 6-May 13

We’ve had another great week here at Emerging Civil War. Once again, we partnered with our friends at the American Battlefield Trust, National Park Service and Friends of the Wilderness Battlefield to commemorate the 155th Anniversary of the Death of “Stonewall Jackson in several Facebook Live events.  If you missed any of our events for the 155th Anniversary of Chancellorsville, you can catch up on it here. The Trust also had some big news that broke earlier in the week. The latest release in the Emerging Civil War Series, Dan Vermilyas’s That Field of Blood: The Battle of Antietam was released. Spots remain available for the Fifth Annual ECW Symposium in August (you may click here to purchase tickets) as well as for our first pop-up tour of Antietam (you may click here to reserve your spot). You may click on the links below to read each post.

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