Tag Archives: Leadership

Question of the Week: 12/13/21-12/19/21

I was delighted to come home from Tennessee the other day to find a box of books from, of all places, the University of Tennessee Press. It contained copies of my latest book, Decisions at Fredericksburg, published by UTP as … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 9/27-10/3/21

Last week we asked about grumpy commanders, so let’s change to the opposite side: In your opinion, who was the most positive leader during the Civil War? Why and do you think his optimism well founded or naïve?

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Lee’s Luck

Emerging Civil War welcomes back guest author John Roos… As the 214th birthday of Robert E. Lee has come and gone, I couldn’t help but to reflect on the general. Living in the Fredericksburg area, and giving tours on all … Continue reading

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Women’s History Month: Favorite Leadership Moments History Chat

Earlier this month, Chris Mackowski invited the women of ECW to join a Zoom meeting to chat about Civil War leadership and offer their perspectives and voices on the subject. JoAnna M. McDonald, Cecily Nelson Zander, and Sarah Kay Bierle … Continue reading

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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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