Tag Archives: 1861

Huzzah! …And The War Came to the Yankees, Part 1

Despite the messages, threats, and concerns, brave little Fort Sumter held on. The waters were cold, the food was minimal, and information even more scarce than the food. Major Robert Anderson, garrison commander, had moved his group of Army regulars … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Fort Clinch

In the northeast corner of the state, on the northern tip of Amelia Island, Florida, sits one of the best preserved 19th-century brick and mortar fortifications. Fort Clinch. The fort was part of the third system program, part of the … Continue reading

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Railroads – “The Seventh Have Come!”: The 7th New York, 8th Massachusetts, and the Rescue of Washington

Emerging Civil War welcomes back guest author Nathan Marzoli Washington was in trouble in the spring of 1861. Secessionist fever had broken into conflict with the attack on Fort Sumter, prompting President Lincoln to issue a call three days later for 75,000 … Continue reading

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January 10, 1861 in Florida

On this date in Tallahassee, Florida, the delegates to the state’s secession convention voted 62-7, in favor of secession. With that vote, after seven days of deliberation, Florida became the third state to formally declare itself out of the United … Continue reading

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Bringing A Civil War History Conference To Southern California

I’ll be honest. There are some days I wake up and think, “what on earth am I doing?” But most of the time, I can’t stop smiling. I’m working with a great team of historians and coordinating a new Civil … Continue reading

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“Boys, That Flag Must Come Down!” Part 4 of a series

Strew roses o’er his corpse, Chant, O ye Land, the soldier’s burial hymn O’er Ellsworth’s bier; and as ye sadly turn, With falt’ring voice, and eyes with teardrops dim, Swear ye that Retribution’s torch may burn In every breast! Elmer … Continue reading

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Author James Morgan and the Battle of Ball’s Bluff

Prelude to a series I had the opportunity over the weekend to spend some time at the Ball’s Bluff battlefield with author James Morgan, whose excellent book Little Short of Boats provides the first clear study of the battle. Jim … Continue reading

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