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“I Should Be Sorry to See Fredericksburg Suffer:” The Battle of Fredericksburg’s Impact on the Town’s Civilians

ECW welcomes guest author Abbi Smithmyer Every year, countless individuals flock to America’s Civil War battlefields for a firsthand look at places impacted by the conflict. Narratives of these engagements are mostly centered on the army commanders and men in … Continue reading

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We All Want to be a Little Irish Because of the Civil War

St. Patrick’s Day is the one day of the year everyone wants to be Irish. I can’t blame them. My Polish last name, Mackowski, belies the Cawley and Dempsey in me, so few people realize I’m Irish—but it’s there aplenty, … Continue reading

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Fredericksburg: The Way They Saw It?

If you visit Fredericksburg battlefield today, you’ll find some areas wonderfully preserved and the landscape relatively unscathed. But other parts of the battleground are now heavily paved, abounding with homes and shopping centers. Walking from the old historic district of … Continue reading

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December 12: Fredericksburg Is On My Mind

Thinking about the river crossings that happened on December 12, 1862, at Fredericksburg, Virginia? It’s been on my mind today even though I’m literally thousands of miles away. I’m signing my Christmas cards today…I think about the generals writing their … Continue reading

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Fredericksburg: Animated – Courtesy of American Battlefield Trust

For many of us at Emerging Civil War, Fredericksburg and its battlefield are familiar territory, even places where some of us started our journeys as public historians. And for those authors and editors in other parts of the country, Fredericksburg … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 12/10-16/18

The anniversary of the Battle of Fredericksburg is coming up this week, and we’re going to try something slightly different for Questions of the Week. Share the best quote/observation about this battle (primary source or history book) in a comment … Continue reading

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On Anniversaries and the Timeline of History

The Battle of Gettysburg took place 155 years ago last month. Seems a long time ago, doesn’t it? Seems even further back to the founding of the United States in the 1780s, right? “Dates are the pegs on which we … Continue reading

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Bernard Slave Cabins

A new article by guest author Michael Aubrecht One of the more overlooked spots on the Fredericksburg National Battlefield is the Bernard Slave Cabins. This area was the homestead of a number of enslaved African-Americans and a focal point of … Continue reading

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Last Photos from Fredericksburg’s 155th

Before we get too far away from the anniversary of the battle of Fredericksburg, I just want to pass along a few pictures I took along the way yesterday during ECW’s Facebook LIVE event with the Civil War Trust and … Continue reading

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Going Forward Again

As the 155th of the Battle of Fredericksburg passes, I cannot help being struck by an aspect often overlooked, one involving the latter waves of attackers against Marye’s Heights. Joseph Galloway wrote once that  it is a supreme test to re-enter … Continue reading

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