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The Absalom McGee Family: “Our Farm Adjoining Chancellorsville”

Part 1 Several households of McGees lived on near Chancellorsville and saw their land turned into battlefield on May 1, 1863. The Absalom McGee Family lived a little more than a mile east of the Chancellor Crossroads. They owned 100 … Continue reading

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Occupied Cities of the South: New Orleans

Part of a Series New Orleans was the sixth-largest city in the United States during the years leading up to the American Civil War. With a population exceeding 100,000 residents, the port city was easily the largest in the South. … Continue reading

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Occupied Cities of the South: Alexandria, Virginia

Part of a Series Ripples of fear and uncertainty spread throughout the United States when war broke out between the North and the South in 1861. In every state, citizens worried that war could arrive at their front door at … Continue reading

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Agnes Pomeroy Bartlett: The Young Woman in the General’s Diary (Part 1)

“I wonder where everybody is of those I love. Agnes is at home. The rest of the family must have returned from Swampscott….” Wrote Union General William Francis Bartlett in his pocket diary from the confines of Libby Prison on … Continue reading

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In The Silence: Occupied Cities of the South

Beginning of a series When the American Civil War began, no one on either side thought the conflict would last more than a few months – let alone four years. Those in the North didn’t view their southern counterparts as … Continue reading

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For The Army of Tennessee: Christmas Boxes & Blankets

The need for blankets and the wish for Christmas boxes kept Mrs. S.C. Law—a refugee from Tennessee to Georgia—awake one December night in 1863. Determined to do something to help “her” Confederate soldiers, she engaged the southern homefront and worked … Continue reading

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Book Review: Marriage on the Border

Marriage on the Border: Love, Mutuality, and Divorce in the Upper South during the Civil War By Allison Dorothy Fredette University Press of Kentucky, 2020, $60 hardcover   Reviewed by Meg Groeling   Allison Dorothy Fredette’s Marriage on the Border: Love, … Continue reading

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Auntie Kearney’s Mid-Century Tavern

Emerging Civil War welcomes guest author Francesca Costa… At the Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey, visitors enjoy hiking trails and kayaking on the Hudson. Every weekend, people are surprised by the historic Kearney House they stumble across, because few … Continue reading

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Enemy on the Georgia Home Front

Wesley Shropshire returned home from the secession convention in Milledgeville, Georgia dejected and distressed. Once final passage of the secession ordinance was certain, most Union delegates changed their votes to give the measure more force, but not Shropshire. He departed … Continue reading

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“Angry Enough to Give Them Battle”: Hungry Civilians and Soldiers Fight Over Food

ECW welcomes Katie Brown to share Part 3 of her research. (Find the previous posts here.) Hunger was an omnipresent force that haunted almost everyone in Civil War America. One of the most troubling aspects of hunger was its impact … Continue reading

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