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Jefferson Davis vetoes a slave-trade bill

On February 28, 1861, in Montgomery, Alabama, the newly-installed President of the newly-established Confederate States of America contemplated one of the first proposed Confederate laws sent him by the new Congress. Under the bill’s terms, importing black people into the … Continue reading

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Mr. President, Am I in Command Here?

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Blockade, Privateering, and the 1856 Declaration of Paris

In April 1861, the commanders in chief of both the United States and Confederacy issued far ranging proclamations. Abraham Lincoln declared a blockade of Confederate ports while Jefferson Davis issued a call for privateers to make war on US seaborne … Continue reading

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Reading Jeff Davis

“No major figure in the Civil War stands more in need of a thoroughly researched and judiciously presented biography than Jefferson Davis,” wrote James I. Robertson in Civil War Times Illustrated in August 1972. But that doesn’t mean that a … Continue reading

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March 2022 Maine at War Posts

In March 2022 my Maine at War blog examined topics ranging from a Gettysburg mystery solved to Confederate mayhem upon the sea and a young soldier’s last letter before the Wilderness. March 9, 2022: Reign of terror off Nova Scotia, … Continue reading

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Why Did Robert E. Lee Think Highly of George B. McClellan?

When Civil War students rate the top generals of the war, Robert E. Lee and George B. McClellan can usually be found at opposite ends of the rankings. Though he has had some detractors, Lee is commonly found among the … Continue reading

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Confederate Lieutenant General James Longstreet in Chattanooga, Part III

ECW welcomes back guest author Ed Lowe Read the series General Braxton Bragg, commander of the Army of Tennessee, elected to make a significant organizational change in his army, especially after the failed effort at the battle of Wauhatchie.  That … Continue reading

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The Intelligencer Takes on Jeff Davis

Editor’s note: Stephen Davis and Bill Hendrick are coming out with their new book, The Atlanta Daily Intelligencer Covers the Civil War (University of Tennessee Press). Here’s a story based on their text. In late September, President Davis was traveling … Continue reading

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The Eggnog Riot at West Point

The illegal parties started in Rooms No. 28 and No. 5 in the West Point Barracks on Christmas Eve 1826. That year the 260 cadets had been told their holiday beverages should not be spiked with alcohol, the leadership’s latest … Continue reading

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Beauregard’s Slow Fade Into Oblivion

By the time the smoke cleared at Bull Run, one thing was certain for P.G.T. Beauregard. He was now the South’s premiere military hero. In the months after songs and poetry would be written about him. Letters from admirers, many … Continue reading

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