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Book Review: Marriage on the Border

Marriage on the Border: Love, Mutuality, and Divorce in the Upper South during the Civil War By Allison Dorothy Fredette University Press of Kentucky, 2020, $60 hardcover   Reviewed by Meg Groeling   Allison Dorothy Fredette’s Marriage on the Border: Love, … Continue reading

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Women’s History Month: Favorite Leadership Moments History Chat

Earlier this month, Chris Mackowski invited the women of ECW to join a Zoom meeting to chat about Civil War leadership and offer their perspectives and voices on the subject. JoAnna M. McDonald, Cecily Nelson Zander, and Sarah Kay Bierle … Continue reading

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Photographic Portraits: Cadets Identified, Girl Unknown

“Those are cadet uniforms,” I thought while sorting through thumbnail files of digitized Civil War images on Library of Congress’s website. It was not at all what I was looking for at the moment, but I bookmarked the page to … Continue reading

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The Apple Barrage

Private William McCarter of the 116th Pennsylvania Infantry (Irish Brigade) wrote a colorful memoir and included this autumnal story about soldier and civilian interactions near Charlestown (now West Virginia) in October 1862. Here’s the account in his own words, and … Continue reading

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A Baby Girl in the Crossfire of Fredericksburg

The official reports for the 21st Mississippi Infantry Regiment in Barksdale’s brigade speak highly the soldiers’ courage in the streets of Fredericksburg in the battle on December 11, 1862. However, neither report mentions a remarkable interaction between soldiers and civilians … Continue reading

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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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Question of the Week: 12/16-12/22/19

Last week there was a discussion about negative and violent military and civilian clashes. Let’s try to flip the perspective for this Question of the Week during the holiday season… What is your favorite positive civilian/military interaction during the Civil … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Keedysville, Maryland

I’d spent the day driving and researching at three different libraries. By the time the late sunset hour approached, I needed to get out-of-doors, but I didn’t really feel like going battlefielding that evening. Then, I remembered Keedysville… It’s a … Continue reading

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“Do You Remember, When We Last Did Meet?”

We like to spotlight the courageous “women who went to the field,” advocated for equality, influenced politics, marched to the battlefields, or did other unique and trailblazing things. While those exceptional women certainly deserve to be remembered and memorialized, I’ve … Continue reading

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Women’s Reflections on Christmas 1863

This holiday season I came across two Christmas entries in two very different civilian journals. One, tinged with reflective sadness, offers the words of a Virginian girl who has seen war and lost a loved one in the conflict but … Continue reading

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