Tag Archives: Benjamin Butler

Stout Hearts: Attempting to Feed Both Civilians and Soldiers

ECW welcomes Katie Brown to share Part 2 of her research. (Find Part 1 here) “The provision blockade is nothing; we shall have wheat, corn, and beef beyond measure…,” Sergeant S.R. Cockrill of Tennessee assured a friend in June 1861, … Continue reading

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Fort Monroe: History & Personal Reflections

Emerging Civil War welcomes guest author Michael Nelson. The Fort’s Story I spent nearly two years working at Fort Monroe National Monument as a communications assistant in the Casemate Museum. The museum covers over 400 years of history at Fort … Continue reading

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Railroads – “The Seventh Have Come!”: The 7th New York, 8th Massachusetts, and the Rescue of Washington

Emerging Civil War welcomes back guest author Nathan Marzoli Washington was in trouble in the spring of 1861. Secessionist fever had broken into conflict with the attack on Fort Sumter, prompting President Lincoln to issue a call three days later for 75,000 … Continue reading

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Butler’s Decision at Bermuda Hundred

Major General Benjamin Butler’s Bermuda Hundred Campaign in May of 1864 is often dismissed quickly and simply as a failure. Commentators usually invoke Major General U.S. Grant’s quote about a “bottle strongly corked.” It is true that Butler could have … Continue reading

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Freedom’s Forts

Emerging Civil War welcomes back guest author Steve T. Phan “The Red-Legged Devils have returned” was the battle cry as elements of the modern Co. A, 5th New York Infantry, “Duryee’s Zouaves,” arrived to Fortress Monroe National Monument in 2018. … Continue reading

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Assigning Blame at Drewry’s Bluff: Whiting and Ransom

Emerging Civil War welcomes back guest author Sean Michael Chick When General P.G.T. Beauregard attacked Major General Benjamin Butler at Drewry’s Bluff on May 16, 1864, he intended to win a great victory. The plan was for Butler to be … Continue reading

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The Decision to Attach William F. Smith to the Army of the James

Emerging Civil War welcomes back guest author Sean Michael Chick Major General William Farrar Smith is one of the Civil War’s most controversial commanders. He was twice removed from command. He was once considered for an army command. He was … Continue reading

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From a Former Prisoner to Another: Brigadier General William Stephen Walker and the Roots of Reconciliation

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Sean Michael Chick A wonderful example of the kind of empathy that helped to make reconciliation possible was the capture of Brigadier General William Stephen Walker in 1864. Walker was born … Continue reading

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The Reminiscences of a Union Prison Guard  

As a special part of this year’s Fourth Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge, we’re pleased to welcome Dr. Kelly D. Mezurek, a member of ECW’s “Engaging the Civil War” Series editorial board and author of A Cause … Continue reading

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The Best Missed Opportunity at Richmond

We are pleased to welcome back guest author Doug Crenshaw, who continues to look at communications mishaps during the campaigns for Richmond. Today, he turns to 1864. As they peered over the walls of Fort Harrison, Confederate soldiers witnessed an … Continue reading

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