Tag Archives: Emancipation Proclamation

A Whiff of Treason? John Hay, George B. McClellan, and the Incident with Major John J. Key

ECW welcomes guest author Alexander B. Rossino A scandalous incident occurred in Washington, D.C. soon after the end of the 1862 Maryland Campaign. In late September, Maj. John J. Key, an officer attached to the staff of general-in-chief Henry Halleck, … Continue reading

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Emerging Civil War to be Featured at April 2022 Pittsburgh Symposium

The Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall and the Captain Thomas Espy Post are thrilled to announce the return of their biennial Civil War Symposium on Saturday, April 9, 2022. The symposium will feature five historians from Emerging Civil … Continue reading

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Antietam: A Tactical Union Victory

The Battle of Antietam was a key turning point in the American Civil War and American history. In short, it turned back Robert E. Lee’s first campaign north of the Potomac River and led to the issuance of the Preliminary—and … Continue reading

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Finding Miss Susie

If studying history has taught me anything, it’s that everything is connected. Places, people, and events that shaped the nation did not occur in a vacuum. The soldiers and civilians we read about did not exist in just one place … Continue reading

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The Effects of the Wilson-Kautz Raid through Newspaper Advertisements (part two of two)

ECW is pleased to welcome back Tim Talbott (part two of two) Evidence of the amount of disorder the Union horsemen wreaked on the region’s citizens during the Wilson-Kautz Raid appears in numerous newspaper advertisements placed by individuals seeking to reclaim … Continue reading

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Book Review: On Juneteenth

On Juneteenth  By Annette Gordon-Reed Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2021, $15.95 Reviewed by Jon Tracey Thanks to current discussions of inequality and increased reflection on the past, Juneteenth has grown from a Texas tradition to one that has garnered attention across … Continue reading

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A Legacy of Freedom: Nimrod Burke Provides a Link Between Two Emancipations

Robert Carter III’s 1791 Deed of Gift, which gradually freed 452 of his enslaved laborers, was the largest private emancipation of slaves until the American Civil War. Some of the descendants of the enslaved men, women, and children freed by … Continue reading

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Give the Devil All He Wants: The 1862 Rebel Raid on Chambersburg

ECW welcomes guest authors Dan Masters and Scott Mingus Fear had long since given way to nonchalance. Constant alarms that “The Rebels are coming” had wearied the residents of Franklin County, Pennsylvania, to the point that by mid-October 1862, most … Continue reading

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Perceptions of Emancipation in Gettysburg, Part Three

ECW welcomes back guest author Jon Tracey The conclusion of a series (Part One, Part Two) As seen in Part One and Part Two, Gettysburg was a border town caught directly in the midst of national debates on emancipation during … Continue reading

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Perceptions of Emancipation in Gettysburg, Part Two

ECW welcomes back guest author Jon Tracey Part Two of a series (Part One) As noted in Part One, Gettysburg was a deeply divided community on the topic of emancipation. Early in the war, support of the controversial topic and … Continue reading

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