Tag Archives: First Bull Run

ECW BookChat: Matchless Organization by Guy Hasegawa

I had the fortune to spend some time (over the past couple of years, actually) with the new book by Guy Hasegawa, Matchless Organization: The Confederate Army Medical Department. Guy’s book is the latest in the Engaging the Civil War … Continue reading

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The 11th New York Fire Zouaves: Seeing the Elephant, Part 2

The following excerpt is taken from Groeling’s forthcoming book First Fallen: The Life of Colonel Elmer Ellsworth, the North’s First Civil War Hero. It will be released by Savas Beatie and can be preordered here: https://www.savasbeatie.com/contact-us/ Colonel Elmer Ellsworth’s regiment … Continue reading

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The 11th New York Fire Zouaves: Seeing the Elephant, Part 1

The following excerpt is taken from Groeling’s forthcoming book First Fallen: The Life of Colonel Elmer Ellsworth, the North’s First Civil War Hero. It will be released by Savas Beatie and can be preordered here: https://www.savasbeatie.com/contact-us/ Colonel Elmer Ellsworth’s regiment … Continue reading

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Brooklyn Firemen in Action in Maryland

Sarah Bierle’s post yesterday commemorating the sacrifices of New York City’s firemen past and present reminded me of a story I recently found about the firefighters of the 14th Brooklyn now turned soldiers in the Maryland Campaign. The regiment’s motto … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 7/20-7/26/20

Which officer do you think was most influenced by his experience at First Bull Run/Manassas? How did that experience shape his Civil War future?

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The U.S. Marines of 1861

The American Battlefield Trust Conference this year was to have featured a tour of mine about the Marine Battalion at the First Battle of Manassas. It has been postponed until 2021. In the meantime, I wanted to share some of … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 7/22-7/28/19

Union General McDowell had protested that his troops were “green,” but others pressured him to fight before the 90-day enlistments expired. In your opinion, should the First Battle of Bull Run have been fought or delayed?

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Preservation News: The Stone Bridge Project at Manassas National Battlefield

Today is the anniversary of the First Battle of Bull Run, and it’s a great time to highlight some preservation work completed earlier this year on an important landmark on Manassas National Battlefield. The Stone Bridge spans the Bull Run … Continue reading

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Home Run Derby Star Captain “Jack” Wildey–Part 1

When John Hay and George Nicolay drove their rented buggy over to Camp Lincoln to say hello to their friend Colonel Elmer Ellsworth, they found him wearing his “blouzy red shirt” and enjoying that New York favorite: Base Ball. Most … Continue reading

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Fortress Washington, Part II

Emerging Civil War welcomes back guest author Steve T. Phan to continue his discussion of Fortress Washington. You can find his first post here. In the late afternoon of July 21, 1861, Captain Barton S. Alexander, U.S. Army Engineers, described … Continue reading

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