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Trivia for the Battle of Manassas

Reflecting on the 160th of Manassas… One of my fondest take-aways from Jack Davis’s Battle at Bull Run was learning that Manassas came from a Jewish merchant, Manassa–whose home site came to be called Manassa’s Gap. Manasseh, by the way, … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 7/19-7/25/21

In your opinion, what part of the First Battle of Bull Run/Manassas is most important?

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ECW Weekender: The 160th Anniversary at Manassas National Battlefield

Manassas National Battlefield has a full schedule of events to commemorate and educate about the first major battle of the Civil War. This weekend—July 17-18, 2021—and on the actual anniversary—July 21—you’ll find plenty to see, do, and explore…if you’re willing … Continue reading

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Recruiting The Regiment: Conclusion

It’s time to wrap up the recruiting series as the 160th Anniversary timeline inches ever-closer to the first major battle of the Civil War. Sending a big thank-you to all the ECW authors and guest authors who contributed their research … Continue reading

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Faces of the Fight: The Battle of Big Bethel

The more I study the Civil War the more I am drawn to the “who” and the “why” rather than the “what.” In researching for the forthcoming book with Doug Crenshaw titled, To Hell Or Richmond, I spent a good … Continue reading

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Recruiting The Regiment: The Erie Regiment

On April 21, 1861 John W. McLane of Erie issued a call for volunteers, for a term of service of three months. In 1859 he had formed the Wayne Guard, a company of volunteers that served as a mostly ceremonial … Continue reading

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Recruiting the Regiment: The First Missouri Confederate Infantry Regiment

For Missouri Volunteer Militiaman and U.S. Army veteran John S. Bowen, it was a tumultuous early summer of 1861. On May 10, he and approximately 600 Missouri militia had been captured by Capt. Nathaniel Lyon’s Federal troops in St. Louis … Continue reading

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Recruiting The Regiment: Politics by other means – the 36th Illinois Infantry Regiment goes to war

The 36th Illinois is really the closest thing I have to a hometown regiment. Company H of the 36th was recruited in Algonquin Township of McHenry County, Illinois, where I now live, and I find the graves of their veterans … Continue reading

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Recruiting the Regiment: York County and the 130th Pennsylvania Infantry

In previous blog posts, I explored the service of the 130th Pennsylvania Infantry at Antietam as well as at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. In this post, part of ECW’s larger “Recruiting the Regiment” series, I’ll take a step back from the … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Exploring Fortress Monroe (Virtually)

For many enslaved men, women, and children, Fortress Monroe became their place to find and create freedom. Self-emancipation pressured Union military officers and Federal politicians to face the realities of slavery and question how freedom could cripple the local Southern … Continue reading

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