Tag Archives: Atlanta

On The Eve Of War: Atlanta, Georgia

“A slight perceptible odor of Yankeedom.” This is how someone characterized Atlanta at the time of the war. The disparagement reflected the bustling business air about the city: clanking railroad cars, up-and-coming factories, thriving commercial center with plenty of merchants, … Continue reading

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My Civil War Evening with Jimmy Carter

Some years ago, I taught evening courses at Oglethorpe University in northeast Atlanta. One of my students, Lauren Gay, happened to work at the Jimmy Carter Center and Presidential Library. In August 2012 she arranged for me to give a … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: The Margaret Mitchell House

I think there’s a kinship of writers and authors across the centuries. Everyone who has labored over a manuscript has gone through the same experience, though experienced the process in different ways. I have a fascination with the stories of … Continue reading

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The Eternal Flame of the Confederacy

Today there is not much tangible Civil War history in Atlanta, its battlefields largely paved over and few antebellum buildings surviving the war. Yet Atlanta has something unique: an Eternal Flame of the Confederacy. The term “Eternal Flame” conjures up … Continue reading

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A Backstage Tour of the Atlanta Cyclorama (part two)

(part two of four) Back in June, I had the privilege to get a behind-the-scenes tour of the new cyclorama facility at the Atlanta History Center. This week, I’m glad to finally share my adventure with you. In yesterday’s segment, … Continue reading

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A Backstage Tour of the Atlanta Cyclorama (part one)

(part one of four) While I had many great Civil War-related adventures in 2017, the highlight probably came in June when Dr. Gordon Jones, senior military historian and curator at the Atlanta History Center, treated me to a behind-the-scenes tour … Continue reading

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Florida’s “Cow Cavalry”

Napoleon Bonaparte once prophetically stated, “An army marches on its stomach.” A simple yet very truthful statement and a point that brought major concern and consternation to many a military leader before and after the French leader uttered those six … Continue reading

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The Question of Hood and the Army of Tennessee: “Far Better” or “Far Better?”

“Punctuation acts as signposts to help your reader understand how to read your writing,” I tell my students. Many of the first-year writers I teach are still coming to grips with just how important good punctuation is—and how subtle and … Continue reading

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On Location: The Site of James McPherson’s Death

July 22 is the anniversary of James McPherson’s death in 1864 during the battle of Atlanta. During my recent trip to the city, I went On Location to the spot where McPherson fell. ECW’s Steve Davis makes a special appearance, … Continue reading

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Binge Watch the 2016 ECW Symposium

Can’t get enough of Emerging Civil War? Well, you are in luck. C-SPAN will be airing the programs of the Third Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge this week. All episodes will air on C-SPAN 3. Check out … Continue reading

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