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Fredericksburg: “A Magnificent View of Battle” According To An English Captain

At least one British officer observed the Battle of Fredericksburg on December 13, 1862, from the Confederate lines. Captain Phillips of the Grenadier Guards had taken the opportunity of a leave of absence in the late autumn of 1862 to … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 12/13/21-12/19/21

I was delighted to come home from Tennessee the other day to find a box of books from, of all places, the University of Tennessee Press. It contained copies of my latest book, Decisions at Fredericksburg, published by UTP as … Continue reading

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Stealing Books during the Battle of Fredericksburg

The destruction and plundering of Fredericksburg are legendary and marked a new era of military and civilian interactions during the American Civil War. On December 11, 1862, Union soldiers battled their way into the small city on the banks of … Continue reading

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Emerging Civil War to be Featured at April 2022 Pittsburgh Symposium

The Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall and the Captain Thomas Espy Post are thrilled to announce the return of their biennial Civil War Symposium on Saturday, April 9, 2022. The symposium will feature five historians from Emerging Civil … Continue reading

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Under Fire: The 17th Maine in “the immediate presence of death”

On the evening of December 12, 1862, Pvt. John Haley of the 17th Maine huddled around “the very smallest” of fires and tried to keep quiet. The regiment had moved into a reserve position along the Rappahannock River near the … Continue reading

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Fallen Leaders: Col. Hiram Brown of the 145th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry

In 1853, Hiram L. Brown was a running a successful hotel in Erie, Pennsylvania, and was captain of the Wayne Guards militia. When war broke out, he joined the 90-day Erie Regiment as the captain of Company B. The regiment … Continue reading

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Commentary from the Bookshelves: Fredericksburg! Fredericksburg! by George C. Rable

Emerging Civil War welcomes back guest author Mark Harnitchek… George Rable opens Fredericksburg! Fredericksburg! with a vignette illustrating the often-vast distinction between history and memory.  At Gettysburg, Union troops screamed “Fredericksburg!” as they blasted attacking Confederates during Pickett’s Charge.  For … Continue reading

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In the Footsteps of the 130th Pennsylvania at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville

The 130th Pennsylvania Infantry mustered in for a nine-month term, serving from August 1862 to May 1863. During this comparatively brief time, they fought in some of the war’s bloodiest battles. In a previous post, I followed in the footsteps … Continue reading

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Lee’s Luck

Emerging Civil War welcomes back guest author John Roos… As the 214th birthday of Robert E. Lee has come and gone, I couldn’t help but to reflect on the general. Living in the Fredericksburg area, and giving tours on all … Continue reading

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General John F. Reynolds: Great Corps Commander or Just Famous for Dying at Gettysburg?

Emerging Civil War welcomes guest author John Roos Icons within the American Civil War can be found everywhere. Some loom larger than others, like Robert E. Lee, William Sherman, and “Stonewall” Jackson. Others find their fame within one specific moment. … Continue reading

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