Tag Archives: Alexandria

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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Dranesville: A Troubled Town, Part 4

Part 4 of a series. In 1860 James Coleman owned thirteen people. The oldest was 62 years old; the youngest, five months. Eight of them were females, including the baby, and five were males, and together they helped propel Coleman … Continue reading

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A Monumental Discussion: Dwight Hughes

This is a story of three statues in context. Known locally as “Appomattox,” the first statue is a humble Confederate soldier standing tall on his plinth at a busy intersection in Alexandria, Virginia. He is a dignified but sad fellow, … Continue reading

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A Review of Mercy Street: The Miniseries That Could Have Been Worse

Today we’re pleased to welcome guest author Paige Gibbons Backus, the Historic Site Manager for Ben Lomond Historic Site, a Civil War hospital museum located in Manassas, Virginia. The Civil War is arguably one of the most studied subjects in American history. … Continue reading

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“Boys, That Flag Must Come Down!” Part 3 of a series

 To Ellsworth  So young, so brave, so early called    We mourn above his laurelled bier; His name on every heart enrolled,    To friends, and home, and country dear. The last two things Colonel Ellsworth added were the badge … Continue reading

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“Boys, That Flag Must Come Down!” Part 2 of a series

Weep, weep Columbia! Death, with traitorous hand, Has slain a Hero, quenched a manly flame; Cast heartfelt sorrow o’er a throbbing land, And carved, for future years to read, a name On the grand alter of our Country’s fame. The … Continue reading

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James Jackson: The Original Virginia Flagger Part 1 in a series

Shout, shout his deed of glory. Tell it in song and story; Tell it where soldiers brave Rush fearless to their grave: Tell it–a magic spell In that great deed shall dwell.   Many think that raising the Confederate flag … Continue reading

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The Return of L’Hermoine

It will be hard to describe in modern terms the celebrity of Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier de Lafayette, Marquis de Lafayette (aka LaFayette) in 18th century America. The young Marquis was fascinated with the American ideal of … Continue reading

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