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What if…Garibaldi Had Commanded the Union Army?

The near catastrophe at Manassas in July 1861 left the Lincoln administration, the Union Army, and many citizens of the North in a state of shock. Just six days following the battle, the president directed Secretary of State William H. … Continue reading

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Collaborating Toward a Global History of the US Civil War

Transnational studies over the past two decades have contributed much to placing the US Civil War into a broader, transatlantic perspective. Enrico Dal Lago’s review essay in the June, 2021 issue of The Journal of the Civil War Era provides … Continue reading

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Echoes of Reconstruction: An Immigrant Defender of Black Freedom

ECW is pleased to welcome back Patrick Young, author of The Reconstruction Era blog June is Immigrant Heritage Month, and no American military conflict was more impacted by immigrants than the American Civil War. Roughly a quarter of the United States forces … Continue reading

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Recruiting The Regiment: A New State Answers The Call To War

ECW welcomes Lance J. Herdegen.  News of the firing on Fort Sumter in 1861 was announced from the pulpits of small-town churches and elsewhere on a peaceful Sunday morning in Wisconsin. “The effect…can hardly be told upon those who had … Continue reading

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On The Eve of War: Buffalo, New York

The morning sunrise on February 16, 1861, slowly turned the blanket of snow that covered Buffalo, New York, overnight into mud. Though the mud would only worsen by street walkers, horses’ hooves, and carriage wheels, Buffalo’s citizens knew they had … Continue reading

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The Astonishing Life of an Italian American Civil War Soldier

Lt. Charles DeRudio inched along on his belly through dense underbrush to the bottom of a dry creek bed, concealing himself to avoid capture and certain death. Pistol shots rang out nearby, followed by female voices. DeRudio raised his head … Continue reading

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Mr. Lincoln: Though The Eyes of Gustav Koerner

Two hundred and ten years ago. Ten score and ten years ago. That’s when Abraham Lincoln was born in a tiny, chilly cabin near Hodgenville, Kentucky. February 12, 1809. At that time, none could have imagined what he would accomplish his … Continue reading

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