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Assessing the Enemy: James Longstreet and John Pope at Second Bull Run

Union general John Pope’s decision-making during the campaign of Second Bull Run has been justly scrutinized by historians and armchair generals alike. In large part this scrutiny has stemmed from Pope’s bombast upon his arrival in Virginia and his failure … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 7/20-7/26/20

Which officer do you think was most influenced by his experience at First Bull Run/Manassas? How did that experience shape his Civil War future?

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Question of the Week: 5/18-5/24/2020

Let’s give those regimental or staff officers some attention this week… Who is your favorite Civil War officer who did not promote to general during his lifetime? Why?

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“Be Not Ashamed To Say You Loved Them”

 (This blog is in remembrance and in honor of the love between a commander and his men. “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”  John 15:13, King James Version.) For … Continue reading

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ECW Podcast “Rudely Stamp’d” Is Now Available

It’s been called “the friendship that saved the Union.” And ECW’s Derek Maxfield and partner Tracy Ford are exploring that relationship in a new way. Chris Mackowski and Dan Welch talk with Derek and Tracy about Grant and Sherman. Don’t … Continue reading

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“My Responsibility For These Men”: A Leadership Letter from Petersburg

Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain has received criticism in recent decades for some of his writings which have been questioned for accuracy, purpose, and perspective. As a professor, educator, and gifted writer, Chamberlain seemed to seek a refuge in post-war writings – … Continue reading

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The Next Stonewall? Ewell and the Second Battle of Winchester, Part 1

Richard S. Ewell may be one of the Confederacy’s overlooked and overshadowed infantry corps commanders. By the time he took over the Second Corps, Army of Northern Virginia, there were big boots to fill; following in “Stonewall” Jackson’s footsteps was … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 4/29-5/5/19

Robert E. Lee has been a trending topic on the Internet recently and there’s been a lot of discussion on social media about his life and memory. Let’s have a civilized moment and context… In your opinion, what makes a … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 3/18-3/24/19

Who is your favorite commander that fought in both eastern and western theaters of the Civil War? Why?

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Symposium Fallout: Is Leading from the Front All that Bad?

This weekend’s symposium gave me a lot to think about on my drive home from the Jackson Shrine on Sunday. The thought bubbles did not stop popping up when I got home either. There was a lot to think about … Continue reading

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