Tag Archives: Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park

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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The “Emerging Civil War Series” Series: A Season of Slaughter

Here is the crazy little secret about A Season of Slaughter: The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House: we produced that book in a month. Soup to nuts. We wrote it, edited it, designed it, and proofed it in a month. … Continue reading

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The “Emerging Civil War Series” Series: Simply Murder

We had an “in,” so that was good. Ted Savas had already agreed to publish our full-length book Chancellorsville’s Forgotten Front: The Battles of Second Fredericksburg and Salem Church, so we had a connection. Kris White picked up the phone … Continue reading

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The “Emerging Civil War Series” Series: An Introduction

Emerging Civil War is celebrating our tenth anniversary this year (it’s our party and we can make it last a year if we want to!). We had a great birthday celebration in August at the Symposium. With the super support … Continue reading

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Saving History Saturday: A Summer of Restoration for the Kirkland Monument at Fredericksburg Battlefield

The Sergeant Kirkland Monument within the boundaries of Fredericksburg-Spotsylvania National Military Park and near the Sunken Road and Marye’s Heights is an iconic symbol. Depicting the Confederate sergeant giving water to a wounded Union soldier, it’s a powerful reminder of … Continue reading

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“Flat” Wilderness?

I’m always grateful for an opportunity to see a battlefield I know well with new eyes. Adam H. Petty’s book The Battle of the Wilderness in Myth and Memory: Reconsidering Virginia’s Most Notorious Civil War Battlefield (LSU Press, 2019), which … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Chancellorsville and ChickChatt

This weekend marks the anniversary of the 1863 battle of Chancellorsville. Folks who visited the battlefield last summer and over the winter discovered that the Chancellorsville Visitor Center (CVC) was closed—not because of COVID but because the plumbing was out. … Continue reading

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What We’ve Learned: Primary Sources and Accessibility

What have we learned since the Sesquicentennial? My answer is best divided into personal revelations and broader implications, but they tie together. For me, I’ve learned just about everything. Not EVERYTHING, of course, but basically everything that I know now … Continue reading

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Deer Discovery Atop Marye’s Heights

Every so often, I am reminded in the most delightful of ways that the battlefields we love are not just historic sites but habitats. The other day, my 3.5-year-old son Maxwell and I were walking along the top of Marye’s … Continue reading

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“I’ll Take the Chances”

Arguably one the most iconic Civil War battlefield monuments is the dramatic sculpture depicting 2nd South Carolina Sgt. Richard Kirkland bravely aiding thirsty wounded soldiers on the frozen slopes in front of Brompton Manor on December 14, 1862, after the … Continue reading

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