Tag Archives: Fredericksburg

The Twilight’s Last Gleaming: Fireworks & Grand Illuminations

Reprinted from July 2, 2012: The day will be most memorable in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival . . . It ought to … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: The Death of Colonel Charles Taylor

Part of a series. Charles Frederick Taylor was born on February 6, 1840, in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. In 1857 he became a student at the University of Michigan. His time as a student was short lived. Unfortunately the family’s farm … Continue reading

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Fanny Chamberlain: Heroine In A General’s Love Story (Part 1)

The old man leaned on his cane, ignoring the aching war wound from decades before. It was such a beautiful day, and the walk had been pleasant, except for the last hundred yards. Maybe it’s just something about coming home … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Seizing Destiny: The Army of the Potomac’s ‘Valley Forge’ and the Civil War Winter that Saved the Union”.

After the Federal disaster at Fredericksburg in December, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln moaned, “If there is a place worse than hell, I am in it.” The Union war effort, at least in the east, had been met repeatedly with setbacks, … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: The 27th Connecticut Monuments at Gettysburg

Part of a series. The 27th Connecticut Infantry was one of those hard luck regiments that served with the Army of the Potomac. The Nutmeg State men entered Federal service during the “Emergency of 1862,” when Robert E. Lee turned … Continue reading

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“Some of the Hardest Fighting of the War”: Alfred Pleasonton and J.E.B. Stuart at Brandy Station

Part one in a series 153 years ago this week, Union and Confederate cavalry clashed across the fields and rolling hills of Culpeper County. Deriving its name from a nearby hamlet and train stop along the Orange and Alexandria railroad, … Continue reading

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A Fine Fossil

Among Civil Warriors, I’m old-fashioned. I wear bow ties to speaking events, and sign my books with a fountain pen. But dog my cats if I have found a finer characterization of who I would like to be—don’t tell my … Continue reading

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Picket Duty Along the Rappahannock

Here’s a glimpse of life along the Rappahannock River 153 years ago today. The account comes from John Weiser of the 130th Pennsylvania Infantry, who’d stood picket duty that day along the riverbank in front of the Lacy House (Chatham), opposite … Continue reading

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The Army of Northern Virginia’s Great Winter Battles

Since nearly half of the authors at Emerging Civil War are snowed in this weekend, and all of us at the site have been living with the great debate of the week—over canonizing Lee and Jackson, or hanging them from … Continue reading

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Symposium Lodging Information

Time is running out! Please be sure to book your room for the Second Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge. There are a few hotel rooms left at the special $92.00 per night rate at the Hampton Inn … Continue reading

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