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Echoes of Reconstruction: The Spread of Juneteenth Celebrations Throughout Texas

ECW is pleased to welcome back Patrick Young, author of The Reconstruction Era blog I had never heard of Juneteenth until I was attending college in Buffalo, New York in 1977. Friends asked me if I was going to stay after the … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: The Robinson House at Manassas Battlefield

On Henry House Hill at Manassas National Battlefield, the reconstructed Henry House dominates the scene and the attention for civilian stories. However, there is another important civilian story on the ridge line and, while interpreted with signage, it would still … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: African American History Monument (Columbia, South Carolina)

A couple weekends ago I visited Columbia, South Carolina, for the first time. One of the evenings, I took a walk around the statehouse, admiring the architecture and exploring the monuments and statues on the capitol grounds. The African American … Continue reading

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Saving History Saturday: University Students Helping To Preserve Historic Huntertown

Huntertown, Kentucky, served as a community for freedmen after the Civil War. Located in Woodford County, the residents lived there through the early 2000’s. Now, a class at the University of Kentucky is taking steps to preserve the town as … Continue reading

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Henry O. Flipper: From Slavery to Freedom to West Point

“Mine eyes have seen the glory…” echoed an anthem associated with the arrival of freedom for enslaved families and their children across the South. For one nine-year-old, that song symbolized the “salvation” of freedom[i] and his life became a salute … Continue reading

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New Sign Highlights Black History in Winchester

Adapted from a news release… During Winchester’s Juneteenth weekend a new Civil War Trails sign was unveiled at 15 North Cameron Street, on the ground of City Hall. The sign enables visitors to stand in the footsteps of the 19th … Continue reading

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Gordon Rhea’s Forthcoming Book – Stephen A. Swails: Black Freedom Fighter in the Civil War and Reconstruction

Perhaps Gordon C. Rhea’s award-winning books about the Overland Campaign line a shelf in your library. Perhaps you’ve been on a tour to see the places he’s written about. Perhaps you’re counting down the days until the ECW Symposium in … Continue reading

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Every Free Able-Bodied Male Citizen: Another Example of Militia Readiness in Antebellum America Part IV

A few years ago, I wrote a series concerning antebellum militias in America. I gave a thoughtful introduction, explaining the state of local militias between the Revolution and the Civil War, then wrote about a northern militia group and a … Continue reading

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40th Parallel

Columbia, Pennsylvania, is a gritty river industrial town that dates back to the mid 18th-Century and straddles the 40th Parallel – a small stone marker marks that designation right along the Susquehanna River in Lancaster County. What makes the town … Continue reading

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The Black Brigade and the Defense of Cincinnati

Panic seized citizens of Cincinnati during the first days of September, as the potential consequences of the recent Confederate victory at Richmond, Kentucky became apparent. As defeated Federal soldiers retreated north toward Louisville, Queen City residents worried that Confederate general … Continue reading

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