Tag Archives: 1861

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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