Tag Archives: Jefferson Davis

Black Confederates: Laborers or Soldiers? (part four)

Part four of a series Some people suggested using slaves to fight from the very beginning of the war. However, the overwhelming fear was of slave insurrection. The John Brown raid was less than two years before the Civil War … Continue reading

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One of America’s First Christmas Trees

ECW is pleased to welcome guest contributor Richard G. Williams, Jr. Earlier this month, I, along with a number of some of my children and grandchildren, embarked on an annual pilgrimage. We made our way down a narrow dirt road … Continue reading

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Two Presidents’ Invitations To Give Thanks

Modern media apprises its viewers of the president’s plans and habits for the Thanksgiving holiday. Some presidents have returned to their private homes, others celebrate at the White House, and one flew to Iraq to be with U.S. troops. During … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Vicksburg’s Old Courthouse Museum

“If you’re in Vicksburg, you have to go to the Old Courthouse Museum,” Rob Orrison told me. And so, upon Rob’s recommendation, I did. There atop one of Vicksburg’s tallest hills, in one of its most historic buildings, was one … Continue reading

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The Final Gun

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Dwight Hughes The CSS Shenandoah steamed northward through the Bering Sea in Arctic twilight. Shortly after midnight on June 22, 1865, the horizon was smudged by smoke from a whaler’s tryworks, … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: The First White House of the Confederacy

While the White House of the Confederacy in Richmond has been swallowed up by Virginia Commonwealth University’s medical complex, the First White House of the Confederacy enjoys a prominent spot on a corner right across from the Alabama State Capitol … Continue reading

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Day Two: Montgomery

Part five in a series Jefferson Davis is standing in the rain. Had he been on the front portico of the Alabama State Capitol in the spot where he’d been swore in, he’d have been protected, but that’s not the … Continue reading

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The Capture of Jefferson Davis, part two

Part two in a series After his meeting with Colonel Henry Harnden of the 1st Wisconsin on May 9th, Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin Pritchard took his 4th Michigan troopers to Abbeville Georgia. His assigned mission was to picket the crossings of … Continue reading

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The Capture of Jefferson Davis, part one

Part one in a series In April 1865 the very air was alive with rumors. Lee and Johnston had surrendered, and despite the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, the Southern Confederacy seemed to be going up the spout. But high profile … Continue reading

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The Curmudgeon, The Eccentric, and the “Norse God”: How Three Men Impacted the Battle of Gettysburg: Part Four

Part Four in a Series Rodes on Oak Hill: The lead elements of the Confederate Second Corps arrived in the area of Oak Hill a prominence on the first day battlefield that overlooks the McPherson Farm (nearly one mile to … Continue reading

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