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A Needle in a Stack of Needles: Researching the Miscellaneous Medical Records Files at the National Archives

Emerging Civil War welcomes back guest author Paige Gibbons-Backus. At Ben Lomond Historic Site, we are constantly trying to find new information about its use as a hospital during the Civil War. Unfortunately, for historians, the records are scarce for … Continue reading

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A Conversation with Dave Ruth, Richmond’s Retiring Superintendent (part one)

(part one of five) I recently heard Dave Ruth described as “the last of the great, old-guard superintendents.” For more than thirty years, Dave has made Richmond National Battlefield his life’s work, overseeing the park’s growth from 754 acres to … Continue reading

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George McClellan in 1861: A Glimpse of Foibles to Come (part two)

We are pleased to welcome back guest author Jon-Erik Gilot (part two of two) Yesterday, I outlined some of the ways that George McClellan’s early war actions in western Virginia foreshadowed some of the problems that would become some of … Continue reading

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Dranesville: A Troubled Town, Part 5

Part 5 in a series. It was Brig. Gen. Edward Ord’s turn. In the past three weeks, a brigade of Pennsylvania Reserves had marched out of Camp Pierpont towards Dranesville, gathered wagonloads of supplies, and marched back. On Dec. 3, … Continue reading

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What ESPN Classic Teaches Us About Civil War History

Hindsight is always 20/20. We look back at historic events possessing information not available to the participants. In hindsight, things that were important at the time have faded while others assume a larger importance. I suggest we need to try … Continue reading

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Eastern Theater versus Western Theater: Where the Civil War Was Won and Lost: The Conclusion to a Series

The conclusion of a series. This series was put together from one of my extended graduate school research papers. The sources used were the current research between 2007-2008, obviously the historiography of the Civil War expands on a monthly basis, … Continue reading

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Eastern Theater versus Western Theater: Where the Civil War Was Won and Lost, Part One

Part one in a series. This series was put together from one of my extended graduate school research papers. The sources used were the current research between 2007-2008, obviously the historiography of the Civil War expands on a monthly basis, … Continue reading

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First or Second?

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A word about preservation at Manassas

Preservation still ranks as one of the top concerns at Manassas National Battlefield. In the mid-1990s, preservationists averted potential disaster when they forced the Walt Disney corporation to scrub plans for a proposed history-oriented theme park in the Manassas area. … Continue reading

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14th Brooklyn

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