Tag Archives: Alexandria

“I Cannot Fare Equally with Other Soldiers”: A Vegetarian Union Soldier

Emerging Civil War welcomes back guest author Nathan Marzoli It is no secret that Civil War soldiers consumed a lot of meat. For the majority of the war, the standard daily allowance for a soldier in the U.S. Army, for example, consisted … Continue reading

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Occupied Cities of the South: Alexandria, Virginia

Part of a Series Ripples of fear and uncertainty spread throughout the United States when war broke out between the North and the South in 1861. In every state, citizens worried that war could arrive at their front door at … Continue reading

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“After remaining silent so long I am almost ashamed to write now:” A Letter from September 9, 1862

ECW welcomes back guest author T.J. Bradley Housed in the Local History/Special Collections section of the Alexandria, Virginia Library is a largely unknown and surprisingly candid letter that provides a unique insight into the mindset of a Union soldier having … Continue reading

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Bucklin’s Record: “A systematic course of ill-treatment toward women nurses” (Part 5)

In Hospital and Camp, A Woman’s Record of Thrilling Incidents Among the Wounded in the Late War by Sophronia E. Bucklin It’s Week 5 of our read-along with extra historical notes and images. If you want to catch up on the … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Historic Alexandria

Earlier this autumn, I had the opportunity to spend a few hours walking around historic downtown Alexandria, Virginia. I definitely did not have enough time to explore and plan to go back to explore Civil War history more specifically. As … Continue reading

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Before They Were Americans: ERW’s Upcoming Event

From our friends at Emerging Revolutionary War. For more information about our sister site, click here. Mark your calendars for September 28, 2019!  Emerging Revolutionary War is excited to announce that we are partnering with Gadsby’s Tavern Museum and The … Continue reading

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“And over here we have…”

On this day in history, Colonel Elmer Ellsworth walked into a two-star inn-and-boarding house in Alexandria. It was early in the morning, and a man in his nightshirt and pants was the only person awake on the first floor. The … Continue reading

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Fortress Washington, Part II

Emerging Civil War welcomes back guest author Steve T. Phan to continue his discussion of Fortress Washington. You can find his first post here. In the late afternoon of July 21, 1861, Captain Barton S. Alexander, U.S. Army Engineers, described … Continue reading

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Book Review: “A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time”

In the midst of the traditional military studies about bayonets and bugles, it can be easy to forget the thousands stories of those behind the lines. A new book about a relief worker in Alexandria, Virginia seeks to re-focus the … Continue reading

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Battlefield Markers & Monuments: Colonel Elmer Ellsworth and the Marshall House Hotel Plaque

This relatively small, gold & brown marker is attached to the side of the newly purchased Hotel Monaco*, the latest incarnation of the Marshall House, in Old Town Alexandria, VA. It commemorates the death of James W. Jackson, reading: The … Continue reading

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