Tag Archives: Chancellorsville

“Those who say they would like to visit a battlefield seldom know what they are talking about…” A Letter from Private Erskine M. Church

This Memorial Day will be celebrated in many different ways than years past. The typical gatherings at monuments and cemeteries have given way to virtual remembrances of America’s fallen. Be it on Facebook, YouTube, or countless other streaming services, Americans … Continue reading

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The Battle of Bank’s Ford and a Preview of Gettysburg

May 4, 1863, might have been one of the most frustrating days of the war for Robert E. Lee—no small bar considering some of his other frustrating days. But with the Federal Sixth Corps pinned against the Rappahannock River after … Continue reading

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A Video Tour of Jackson’s Flank March

I had initially planned to hike the route of Jackson’s flank march today (May 2) to commemorate its 157th anniversary. I ended up taking my camera instead so that I could–at least virtually–take you on the flank march route with … Continue reading

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The Night March into Fredericksburg, May 2-3, 1863

The orders made no sense. Their recipient lacked the creativity to make them work. The Union army dawdled as its commanders traded confused messages, while Lee and Jackson struck their masterpiece victory. To explain why Joseph Hooker’s Chancellorsville campaign failed, … Continue reading

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The 114th PA at Chancellorsville, Overlooked in Plain Sight

The Chancellorsville monument to the 114th Pennsylvania Infantry is arguably the battlefield’s most visible monument—and, ironically, the least accessible. The granite tablet sits next to the eastbound lane of Route Three, facing the forest rather than the road, maintaining both … Continue reading

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Facebook LIVE for the Chancellorsville 155th

What a great day we had at Chancellorsville today for our Facebook LIVE event with the Civil War Trust. Hosted by the Trust’s Garry Adelman and Kris White (ECW’s co-founder!), a number of ECW historians participated: Dan Davis, Ryan Quint, … Continue reading

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Stephen Crane’s “Veteran”

Many Civil War buffs have read Stephen Crane’s Red Badge of Courage, lauded as one of the best war novels of all time, of any war. The book “stands by itself in nineteenth-century English and American war fiction,” literary scholar … Continue reading

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A Conversation with Hallowed Ground‘s Mary Koik (part one)

(part one of a four-part series) For Women’s History Month this year, ECW Editor-in-Chief Chris Mackowski interviewed several women who work in the field of Civil War public history. This week, we share Chris’s conversation with Mary Koik, editor of … Continue reading

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Twenty Years of Preservation at Chancellorsville Battlefield

Twenty years ago the National Trust for Historic Preservation listed Chancellorsville Battle among America’s eleven Most Endangered Historic Places. Now, it’s time to celebrate the preservation successes for this battlefield and important historic area! This coming Friday – March 2, … Continue reading

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Floodwaters and Ghost Fog at Catharine Furnace

When the weather’s been good enough, I’ve been jogging on the Chancellorsville battlefield (or, when I have my 10-month-old with me, walking him in his stroller). The past two days have drenched us with monsoonal rain, but the temperatures have … Continue reading

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