Tag Archives: Gary Gallagher

Time to Talk (Civil War) Books: A Conversation with Marc Ramsey—part three

Part three of five My conversation continues with Marc Ramsey, owner of Owens & Ramsey Booksellers in suburban Richmond. Yesterday, Marc talked about falling in love with the Civil War through books and through battlefielding. Eventually, that led to a career … Continue reading

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Paying My Respects to a “Bad, Old” Opponent

In Lynchburg, Virginia, for a speaking engagement, I have stopped by Jubal Early’s gravesite to pay my respects. It is grudging respect, to be sure—but I cannot deny he has been a formidable foe. Certainly, time has proven Jubal Early … Continue reading

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The Future of Civil War History: An Interview with Dana Shoaf (part two)

part two of five We continue today our conversation with Civil War Times editor Dana Shoaf on “The Future of Civil War History.” Dana and I spoke at the very beginning of June. Yesterday, during the first part of our … Continue reading

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Thomas Nast from the North Anna River: “On to Richmond”

One of my favorite images of the Civil War comes from the June 18, 1864 issue of Harper’s Weekly. The image, by Thomas Nast, is titled “The Campaign in Virginia—“On to Richmond!” and it accompanied the paper’s coverage of the … Continue reading

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Black Confederates: Laborers or Soldiers? (part one)

part one of a series When I first arrived at the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park in 2005, I was very interested in researching black Confederate soldiers. Over the past 11 years, I have read books on this subject, … Continue reading

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Top 15 Posts of 2013—Number 11: Gary Gallagher, ECW, and the Wild West of Civil War Blogging (part one)

I’ve had two experiences recently that have given me pause to consider the relationship between history and blogging—and, by extension, that’s given me the opportunity to reflect on our specific mission here at Emerging Civil War. The first was a … Continue reading

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Top 15 Posts of 2013

From now until the new year we will be running the top 15 posts of 2013 (we will also include some that deserve honorable mentions). We wanted to take a moment and thank all of our readers. From all of … Continue reading

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Shaping Chancellorsville: How memories of the battle shaped the battlefield

part one in a series It has become the stuff of legends: Astride his horse, Traveller, Robert. E. Lee rides into the Chancellorsville clearing, the mansion in flames behind him, his men gathered ‘round with hats off, cheering wildly. It’s … Continue reading

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Telling History vs. Making Art: The ways we remember the war

Part two in a series “We may say that only at the moment when Lee handed Grant his sword was the Confederacy born,” wrote Robert Penn Warren during the Civil War’s centennial; “or to state matters another way, in the … Continue reading

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Telling History vs. Making Art: “a tension between Art and Science”

Part one in a series As a battlefield guide at Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park (FSNMP), I frequently speak with folks who’ve come to the battlefields because they’ve read The Killer Angels, which in turn inspired them to come … Continue reading

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