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Saving History Saturday: Jackson’s Flank Attack at Chancellorsville

Around 6:00 p.m. on May 2, 1863, Maj. Gen. Oliver Otis Howard, commander of the Union XI heard the sounds of firing on his picket line, followed by wild animals rushing through his headquarters area at Dowdall’s Tavern. Moments later … Continue reading

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Saving History Saturday: Myer’s Hill

On May 14, 1864, Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant was moving the Union V and VI Crops from the right flank of the Army of the Potomac’s position in Spotsylvania, to the left flank. He was hoping to either attack … Continue reading

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“Battlefield Season”

“Battlefield season,” as I refer to early May, is always an especially busy time of year for me. Of the five battlefields I live among, the battles of Chancellorsville, Wilderness, and Spotsylvania all took place in early and mid-May, with … Continue reading

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The “Emerging Civil War Series” Series: That Furious Struggle

Like The Last Days of Stonewall Jackson and Hell Itself: The Battle of the Wilderness, That Furious Struggle: The Battle of Chancellorsville had a previous life as part of a book series Kris White and I worked on for Fredericksburg … Continue reading

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Walking in the Footsteps of The Red Badge of Courage

Earlier this month, Sarah Kay Bierle wrote a post in our “Under Fire” series about Henry Fleming from Stephen Crane’s monumental Civil War novel The Red Badge of Courage. (Read Sarah’s post here.) That inspired Jon Tracey to write a … Continue reading

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The 2021 ECW Symposium–Happy 10th Birthday!

What a birthday celebration ECW had over the weekend to celebrate our tenth year. Thank you to everyone who showed up to make our Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge such a success. For those who weren’t able to … Continue reading

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Harris Farm: The 1st Massachusetts Heavy Artillery’s Baptism of Fire

General Ulysses S. Grant had decided to move around Gen. Robert E. Lee’s right once again in another flanking maneuver in the Overland Campaign. On the night of May 18, 1864, the Union’s Army of the Potomac started shifting away … Continue reading

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Preserving a Key Turning Point at the Wilderness

I’m pleased to be helping the American Battlefield Trust (ABT) and the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust (CVBT) raise money to preserve a piece of the Wilderness battlefield. ABT asked me to do a little battlefielding on behalf of the project … Continue reading

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Year in Review 2020: #6

Of the ten most-read posts at Emerging Civil War in 2020, nine were written this year and one wasn’t. That post, written in 2015, comes in at #6 on our list. Interest in Ulysses S. Grant was especially high this … Continue reading

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The Capture—and Preservation—of Myer’s Hill

May 14 is the anniversary of the 1864 fight for Myer’s Hill during the battle of Spotsylvania Court House. Ulysses S. Grant planned for a massive assault against the Confederate right flank there, but poor roads delayed the movement of … Continue reading

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