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Civil War Medicine: Dr. Abner O. Shaw and the hard-on-surgeons 20th Maine

A replacement assistant surgeon for the 20th Maine Infantry Regiment, Dr. Abner Ormiel Shaw is best known for helping save the life of Joshua L. Chamberlain at Petersburg. There is much more to Shaw’s story, however, and had the 20th … Continue reading

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The Origin of Joshua Chamberlain’s Mustache

ECW welcomes back guest author Evan Portman Every Civil War buff, young and old, recognizes the iconic mustache of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain. It has become almost as legendary as the man himself. Chamberlain’s key role in The Killer Angels and … Continue reading

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Reconsidering Barlow’s Knoll

The First Division of the Eleventh Corps of the Army of the Potomac arrived in Gettysburg on the afternoon of July 1, 1863. Only 29 years old, Brigadier General Francis Barlow commanded the division. He resented the men he commanded, … Continue reading

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Maine at War: May 2021

Here’s what our friend, Brian Swartz, was up to in May at his blog, Maine at War: May 5: Fort Knox slates mid-July Civil War encampment Fort Knox, the largest casemate fort on the East Coast, will host a large-scale Civil … Continue reading

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Assigning Blame at Drewry’s Bluff: Whiting and Ransom

Emerging Civil War welcomes back guest author Sean Michael Chick When General P.G.T. Beauregard attacked Major General Benjamin Butler at Drewry’s Bluff on May 16, 1864, he intended to win a great victory. The plan was for Butler to be … Continue reading

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A Drive on Fort Fisher

The mouth of the Cape Fear River ends in a messy maze of barrier islands, sandbars, and shoals, but the commuter ferry seems unconcerned. It goes about its morning work in the same matter-of-fact way its passengers do. The morning … Continue reading

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