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“To Keep The Little Children Out Of The Park”: A Vermonter’s Adventures in New York City

Sometimes military and civilian interactions take surprising turns. This account that Wilbur Fisk of the 2nd Vermont Infantry wrote in a letter for newspaper publication offers some humorous antics of children pestering soldiers. The regiment quartered in the “beautiful park” … Continue reading

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Occupied Cities of the South: New Orleans

Part of a Series New Orleans was the sixth-largest city in the United States during the years leading up to the American Civil War. With a population exceeding 100,000 residents, the port city was easily the largest in the South. … Continue reading

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Hurrah for Homespun!

Poetry and songs that came out of the Civil War, entertaining as they are, served as a useful vehicle for rhetoric that supported their respective sides. Songs like “Bonnie Blue Flag”, “Marching Through Georgia”, “Dixie”, and “Battle Cry of Freedom” … Continue reading

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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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