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Sheridan’s Veterans: Returning To The Shenandoah Valley

In the 1880’s a Union veteran’s organization known as Sheridan’s Veterans Association made several trips to the Shenandoah Valley. These “excursions” gave comrades a chance to reunite and revisit their old battlefields in the Valley. Some veterans brought their families, … Continue reading

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Of Monuments & Winchester National Cemetery

From the research desk! I’ve been getting ready for Emerging Civil War’s fundraiser for Wreath Across America, and this past week some of my favorite sources are the commemorative books published after several Union veterans touring trips to battlefields in … Continue reading

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Did the Grand Army of the Republic Kill the Easter Bunny?

Disturbing things can be found in archives. Like this photograph on Library of Congress’s online photo collection of “Rabbit Drive, No. 4” during the Grand Army of the Republic encampment at Fresno, California. Well, here’s the history…

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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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130 Years Later: A Return to Antietam

Recently I returned to Antietam with two objects from my personal collection of veteran items. These ribbons were worn by veterans of the 130th Pennsylvania Infantry when they returned to Antietam to reunite and reminisce. I have a familial connection … Continue reading

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Veterans Day: “Our Hearts Were Touched With Fire”

“But, nevertheless, the generation that carried on the war has been set apart by its experience. Through our great good fortune, in our youth our hearts were touched with fire. It was given to us to learn at the outset … Continue reading

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The Four-Legged Veteran of 18 Battles

The Library of Congress online archive has this photographic treasure: And here’s a transcription of the photo’s description printed on the back of the image:

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Looking Back, Looking Forward

ECW welcomes guest author Mike Busovicki All warriors want to know their efforts were not in vain and the deprivations they endured were worth the outcome.  As the Civil War metamorphosed into a great insatiable beast, devouring ever more resources, … Continue reading

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A Very British Civil War Connection

ECW is pleased to welcome Daz of American Civil War & U.K. History with a special man-on-the-scene report. Photos courtesy of Gaz de Vere At the beginning of July, I first found out about a dedication ceremony to honour an … Continue reading

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Empty Chairs at Empty Tables – Les Mis Meets Civil War

I am a fan of historical dramas. Make it a musical and I’ll love it until my last breath. Don’t ask me how many times I’ve watched Hamilton. While I understand that many are not fully anchored in historical fact, … Continue reading

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