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Understanding History Through Addition, Not Subtraction, on Civil War Battlefields

Last Wednesday, I reported on a provision in the Department of the Interior’s 2021 spending bill that would, if approved by Congress and signed into law by the president, remove Confederate statues from national parks. “It’s a top priority of … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 6/1-6/7/2020

We often talk about the importance of “walking the ground” of Civil War battlefields. What’s your favorite “aha moment” that you’ve had while exploring Civil War topography?

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“A comment about the importance, indeed the righteousness, of our cause.”

Editor’s Note: At its annual dinner on Saturday, April 6, the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust presented its Ralph Happel Award for lifetime achievement to Dr. Mike Stevens, a former president of the organization (and early ECW contributor!) renowned throughout the … Continue reading

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2017 Gift List For Civil War Enthusiasts

Holiday season is here! If you’re wondering what to get a Civil War history enthusiast for Christmas, this blog post will help you find  a collection of fun, useful, unique, and memorable items. I even tried to think outside the box … Continue reading

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Soldier-Artists and the Battle Experience (Part II)

This is the second of two posts regarding soldier-artists and their depictions of the experience of battle. Part I may be found here. To appreciate the extent that images such as Adolph Metzner’s Cozy corner defied the conventions of mainstream art, it … Continue reading

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Soldier-Artists and the Battle Experience (Part I)

This is the first of two posts regarding soldier-artists and their depictions of the experience of battle. “Pshaw. It’s no use, they can’t picture a battle,” exclaimed the young son of Reverend A. M. Stewart of the 102nd Pennsylvania Volunteers, a … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 10/2-10/8/17

Do you have a favorite Civil War battle to study in the Trans-Mississippi Region? Or favorite battlefield to visit in that region?

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Question of the Week: 5/1-5/7/17

With battle anniversaries for Chancellorsville, Second Fredericksburg, Wilderness, and Spotsylvania Court House here or just around the calendar corner, we’re wondering if you have a favorite battlefield to visit from that list? If so, why?

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Modern Photography: Battlefield Cannons

During my battlefield trips, I enjoying taking the “classic” cannon photos. Though serene battlefield markers today, these artillery pieces caused fearsome destruction during the Civil War.

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Chickamauga and Resaca in March 2017

Dear readers, Some of you may know that every year I organize a two-day tour in March, to Chickamauga. This year, the dates are March 10-11, 2017. We will be exploring the new Georgia Park at Resaca, and then spending … Continue reading

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