Tag Archives: Maryland

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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The Blue and Gray

At last weekend’s symposium, several people asked me about my lapel pin, which is a Korean taeguk of blue and gray swirls chasing each other – the classic “yin and yang” shape. (It is pictured below.) I periodically wear the … Continue reading

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The Other German

Baron Frederich Wilhelm August Heinrich Ferdinand Steuben or Frederich Wilhelm Ludolf Gerhard Augustin von Steuben or more simply Baron von Steuben, may be the most recognizable German to serve with the American army during the American Revolution.* His merits, pedigree, … Continue reading

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James Monroe at War

  Part Two With an excess of officers in the Continental Army and little prospect of getting a field command, James Monroe resigned his commission in 1779.  He became a Lieutenant-Colonel of Virginia forces, but was unable to recruit enough … Continue reading

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“I Am Not Glad To See You By a Damned Sight.”

This is another post in the series “Tales From the Tombstone.“ James Jay Archer the lifelong bachelor born at Stafford near Havre de Grace in northeastern Maryland on December 19, 1817 came from a military family. The apple did not … Continue reading

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Upcoming Presentations: August-September

August: 8th: Kristopher White, “Felled By Friendly Fire: The Wounding of James Longstreet,” at the California University of Pennsylvania Civil War Roundtable (PA) 12th: Phill Greenwalt, “Maryland, My Maryland No More-Emphasis on the Battle of Antietam,” at the Western North Carolina Civil War … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Recap

The 150th anniversary of Gettysburg brought a flurry of posts to the Emerging Civil War blog. Over the last two weeks, our authors have offered many different perspectives on the battle, its consequences, and its significance. We’ll have more coverage … Continue reading

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500 yards

Part one in series  The attack started late in the afternoon of July 2nd. Approximately 2,100 men from three Virginia regiments, two from North Carolina, and a battalion of Marylanders charged up the hill. Overlapping the enemy flank, the charge … Continue reading

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