Tag Archives: Jefferson Davis

A Chronology of the Confederacy’s 1862 Counterstrokes

Several months ago, I crossed an item off my Civil War bucket list: visiting the Perryville battlefield. While at the visitor center, I watched a video which put the Confederate invasion of Kentucky into the larger context of the war. … Continue reading

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The Economic Challenges of the Confederacy

ECW welcomes back Dr. Lloyd W. Klein Jefferson Davis brought to the Confederate Presidency long experience in the military and in politics, including service in the US Senate and the War Department.  Nevertheless, he was not a very good executive. … Continue reading

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Braxton Bragg’s Beach Vacation – Pensacola in the Early Months of the Civil War

Even the most casual of Civil War buffs knows that the war began in Charleston, South Carolina – when Confederate batteries opened fire on the Union-occupied Fort Sumter and its 85 defenders. Many may also know that war had an … Continue reading

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Book Review: Kill Jeff Davis: The Union Raid on Richmond, 1864

Kill Jeff Davis: The Union Raid on Richmond, 1864 By Bruce M. Venter University of Oklahoma Press, 2016 $23.99 hardcover Reviewed by Doug Crenshaw Judson Kilpatrick’s 1864 raid on Richmond is often overlooked by those who study the war in … Continue reading

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The Stephen Mallory You May Not Have Known

Little did I know that when I took the job as a park ranger at Everglades National Park I would come into contact, via research, with a name more familiar and associated with Civil War history than the history of … Continue reading

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Echoes of Reconstruction: Challenges for Frederick Douglass Post-War: Black Equality & the Memory of Lee

ECW welcomes back Patrick Young, author of The Reconstruction Era blog I sometimes hear comedians joke that Black History Month, celebrated annually in February, is during the shortest month of the year. Rather than being emblematic of a slight, February was chosen … Continue reading

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BookChat with Lucas Morel, author of Lincoln and the American Founding

I was pleased to spend some time with a recently released book by historian Lucas E. Morel, author of Lincoln and the American Founding, part of the Concise Lincoln Library from Southern Illinois University Press (find out more about it … Continue reading

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A Rope of Sand: Some thoughts on America after Confederate Independence

ECW welcomes guest author Jim Morgan “A Southern Republic will be worse than a rope of sand with South Carolina at its head – arrogant, self-willed and dictatorial as she is.” –Former North Carolina Attorney General, Bartholomew F. Moore, December, … Continue reading

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A Gem from the Gilder Lehrman

A century and a half after the war, we’re still finding cool stuff. I’ll give an example from my new book, Texas Brigadier to the Fall of Atlanta: John Bell Hood (Mercer, 2019). In my research I was perusing Kirk … Continue reading

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Invading the North and Protecting the Capital

On June 5, 1862, as he settled into his new command of the Confederate army outside Richmond, Robert E. Lee contemplated his next moves. For starters, he put his men to the shovel building defensive fortifications—a course of action that … Continue reading

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