Tag Archives: Gettysburg

Turning Point: Assault on Battery Wagner by the 54th Massachusetts

Around a small hamlet in southern Pennsylvania, Robert E. Lee’s vaunted Army of Northern Virginia was stymied and driven back after three days, July 1st through the 3rd, of bloodletting at the Battle of Gettysburg. A turning point in the … Continue reading

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Confederate Monuments in Massachusetts: Who knew? (Part 2)

Emerging Civil War welcomes back guest author Rob Wilson Part 2 (Part 1 is available here.) The story of how a memorial to Confederate soldiers landed on Martha’s Vineyard in 1925 actually begins in 1891. That’s when the Soldiers’ Memorial … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Double Canister At Ten Yards”

 There’s a saying among Civil War historians, it might be old but no one is really sure of it’s earliest origins. The saying goes that if 10,000 books have been written on the American Civil War, 9,000 of them have … Continue reading

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Battlefield Markers & Monuments: What’s On The Blog Series Header?

What’s the small battlefield monument image on the blog series header? Short Answer: 72nd Pennsylvania Infantry Monument at Gettysburg National Military Park. Located at The Angle on Cemetery Ridge, this monument is actually one of two at Gettysburg for the … Continue reading

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Clara Jones: A Civil War Nurse

Emerging Civil War welcomes guest author John Lustrea While only roughly 20% of all Civil War nurses were women, several notable women occupy a prominent place in our modern imagination when we think of Civil War nurses. Dorothea Dix, Clara … Continue reading

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Battlefield Markers & Monuments: Gettysburg vs. Petersburg

A veteran Union general reflected on battlefield landscapes, markers, and monuments several decades after the war during a visit to Petersburg, Virginia. There is a peculiar impressiveness about the forsaken. Some deep places in us are moved by a forlorn … Continue reading

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Dan Sickles and the Temporary Insanity Defense

The Civil War spawned a number of so-called “political generals” for both the Union and the Confederacy.  In most cases, these were well-connected men that had little or no military experience but had the means to help raise and equip … Continue reading

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The Final Resting Place of Lee’s “Old Warhorse”

Gainesville, Georgia, a town of 36,306 people at the last census, sits in North Georgia  perched on the banks of Lake Lanier and straddling Interstate-985. Yet, in this Georgia town, lie the remains of James Longstreet, affectionately known during his … Continue reading

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Foote on Lee

In an interview that appeared in the Summer 1999 issue of The Paris Review, Shelby Foote offered a few thoughts about the battle of Gettysburg, which he’d famously written about in “The Stars in Their Courses: The Gettysburg Campaign” (part … Continue reading

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The Killer Angels: Soldiers Of Gettysburg – The Stage Play

On July 2, 1863, Confederate General Longstreet’s divisions swept toward the left flank of the Union line anchored on Cemetery Ridge and resting precariously in the Peach Orchard, Wheat Field, and Little Round Top. As the story goes, Colonel Chamberlain … Continue reading

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