Tag Archives: Marye’s Heights

A Mainer’s “Richard Kirkland” moment at Second Fredericksburg

Near the Sunken Road at Fredericksburg stands the famous monument depicting Confederate Sgt. Richard Rowland Kirkland, a South Carolinian who left his position behind the Stone Wall on Saturday, December 13, 1862 to bring “water to his wounded foes” lying … Continue reading

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Maine at War June 2022 blog posts

In June 2022 my Maine at War blog examined topics ranging from cold-hearted elected officials to a “what if” 20th-century TV game show involving six Civil War celebrities, plus a look at two special monuments in Middleburg. June 1, 2022: … Continue reading

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“On the Heights”: The Field Hospital at Brompton in May 1864

The wagons rolling into Fredericksburg never seemed to stop. Mary Caldwell, an inhabitant of the town, wrote in her diary, “The road near the fair grounds seems to be literally covered.”[1] They were filled with broken and bloodied bodies, the … Continue reading

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Deer Discovery Atop Marye’s Heights

Every so often, I am reminded in the most delightful of ways that the battlefields we love are not just historic sites but habitats. The other day, my 3.5-year-old son Maxwell and I were walking along the top of Marye’s … Continue reading

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“I Should Be Sorry to See Fredericksburg Suffer:” The Battle of Fredericksburg’s Impact on the Town’s Civilians

ECW welcomes guest author Abbi Smithmyer Every year, countless individuals flock to America’s Civil War battlefields for a firsthand look at places impacted by the conflict. Narratives of these engagements are mostly centered on the army commanders and men in … Continue reading

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“Those who say they would like to visit a battlefield seldom know what they are talking about…” A Letter from Private Erskine M. Church

This Memorial Day will be celebrated in many different ways than years past. The typical gatherings at monuments and cemeteries have given way to virtual remembrances of America’s fallen. Be it on Facebook, YouTube, or countless other streaming services, Americans … Continue reading

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Last Photos from Fredericksburg’s 155th

Before we get too far away from the anniversary of the battle of Fredericksburg, I just want to pass along a few pictures I took along the way yesterday during ECW’s Facebook LIVE event with the Civil War Trust and … Continue reading

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Going Forward Again

As the 155th of the Battle of Fredericksburg passes, I cannot help being struck by an aspect often overlooked, one involving the latter waves of attackers against Marye’s Heights. Joseph Galloway wrote once that  it is a supreme test to re-enter … Continue reading

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Fredericksburg, My Favorite City in Virginia (part two)

part two of five In Washington, D.C., I could go almost anywhere without too many problems with racism. However, whenever we were going south to Fredericksburg, my brothers and sisters and I were told to be on our best behavior. … Continue reading

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ECW Symposium Tickets

There are only a handful of tickets left for the Third Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge (August 5-7, 2016). Our Keynote Speaker is James Ogden from Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park. Our lineup of speakers also … Continue reading

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