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Under Fire: “Seemed to Forget that He Was an Officer, and Gave No Commands Whatever”

When the 6th Pennsylvania Reserves formed in the spring of 1861, its men and officers elected William W. Ricketts as its colonel. The 24-year-old was a solid choice; he had attended West Point and though he hadn’t graduated, opting for medical college instead, Ricketts “possessed a most decided military genius,” a contemporary described. “He had […]

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In the Wake of Ball’s Bluff

In his diary on October 22, 1862, John Haley of the 17th Maine recounted his experience camping near the Ball’s Bluff battlefield a year after the battle: “[W]e were sent on picket on a strip of land between the Potomac and the Baltimore & Ohio Canal, nearly opposite Ball’s Bluff, a place of most unhappy […]

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The Pink Confederate Battle Flags

ECW welcomes back guest author Bryan Cheeseboro In a recent conversation I had with a friend, we discussed the painting The First Battle Flags by Don Troiani, which depicts the events of November 28, 1861, at Centreville, Virginia.  On that date, the Confederate Army of the Potomac (the same army that would eventually become the […]

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Home Libraries: Civil War Library Ramblings

“I like Civil War books and I cannot lie, You ECW readers can’t deny, That when a brown paper package arrives at your place, With a Savas Beatie or SIUP sticker in your face, You get…” Most people don’t know those are the original lyrics to Sir Mix A Lot’s “Baby Got Back”…I kid, I […]

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Home Libraries: Truly Making it Home

I’ve moved three times over the past five years. Packing for the moves is always the most time-consuming part of the process, and it’s not all that bad. Except for the books. When my wife and I last moved, we went to the hardware store and got a bunch of 98-cent cardboard boxes to put […]

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Past Symposia

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Week In Review: December 16-22, 2019

It’s time for Week in Review and you’ll find a sampling of topics as usual on the blog. Thank you for your patience as we’re working behind the scenes on some website improvements. We are working to restore the blog notifications for your accounts and hope to have the difficulties solved at the beginning of […]

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Week In Review: September 30-October 6, 2019

We’re adding voices to answer the question “do we still care about the Civil War?” and you’ll find members and guest authors discussing that topic this week and into the coming week. There’s also “heroic poetry”, a discussion of politics and war, a battlefield park in Knoxville, and a preservation victory at Gettysburg, along with […]

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ECW on C-SPAN 3: Philippi

The “Forgotten Battle” of Philippi comes to the airwaves this weekend, straight from the Sixth Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge, courtesy of our good friends at C-SPAN. Jon-Erik Gilot’s “Battle of Philippi” talk debuts on C-SPAN 3 on Saturday night at 6 p.m. ET and then re-airs Sunday morning at 4 a.m. […]

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