Tag Archives: Maryland

Lew Wallace Secures the B&O– For the First Time (Pt. 1)

Lew Wallace, the Hoosier lawyer-turned soldier, readied his command for its move. His objective was a vital connection of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad whose trains were badly needed to transport material and manpower. Wallace wrote later, “The need of … Continue reading

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Civil War Trails: Chestertown, Maryland

Looking for a nice weekend getaway with a side of history? Let us recommend a visit to Chestertown. Take a long walk along the tree lined streets and soak up the impressive collection of period buildings that Chestertown boasts.

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Maryland, My Maryland? Jefferson Davis and the Maryland Campaign of September 1862

Confederate soldiers splashing across the Potomac River in early September 1862 jubilantly bellowed out the tune “Maryland, My Maryland” as they marched into the Old Line State. Just months earlier, with the war escalating around the Confederate capital of Richmond, … Continue reading

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The Yankee Soldier and the Belles of “Secession Proclivities”

Emerging Civil War welcomes back guest author Rob Wilson With mid-February approaching, I went hunting for a North-South romance story to share on Valentine’s Day. In his well-researched study of Northern troops, The Life of Billy Yank: The Common Soldier … Continue reading

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Dranesville: A Troubled Town, Part 3

Part three in a series. Part One is here, and Part Two is here.  War had come, and the people of Herkimer County, New York answered. Located towards the center of the state, the New Yorkers soon heard of Lincoln’s … Continue reading

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Voices of the Maryland Campaign: September 5, 1862

While Confederate soldiers under “Stonewall” Jackson’s command poured across the Potomac River, Federal forces inside Washington’s fortifications continued to sort themselves out. President Lincoln met Ambrose Burnside this morning, offering him command of the army tasked with marching into Maryland … Continue reading

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“A Time For Prayer And Sacrifice” – An Unpublished Account of the Pratt Street Riot, April 19, 1861

Emerging Civil War welcomes Jon-Erik M. Gilot When Sister Marie Therese Rainey, VHM, Order of the Visitation, passed away in January 2000, in Wheeling, West Virginia, she left a secret under her bed. Sister Marie had been living at Mount … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: National Cryptologic Museum

Want to look into the shadowy world of code-breaking and national security? Wondering what spies used for codes and code-breaking during the Civil War? A field trip to the National Cryptologic Museum near Fort Meade, Maryland, might be the perfect … Continue reading

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Mourning a Friend

Peter Vredenburgh, Jr. died almost 130 years before I was born. And yet, as I read his letters from the Civil War, I found myself identifying with Vredenburgh and thinking of him as a close companion. Which perhaps explains why, … Continue reading

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A Quiet Corner of the War

I recently had the chance to spend some time in Montgomery County, Maryland, just east of Washington, DC. I’m usually driving through on my way somewhere, so have never explored the area’s history very much. This particular day I was … Continue reading

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