Tag Archives: Memory

Weekly Whitman: “O Captain! My Captain”

Once one of the most popular poems in America, schoolchildren were required to memorize “O Captain! My Captain” at least into the 1950s. When Walt Whitman wrote this poem, it was received quite well and is one of the few … Continue reading

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Book Review: On Juneteenth

On Juneteenth  By Annette Gordon-Reed Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2021, $15.95 Reviewed by Jon Tracey Thanks to current discussions of inequality and increased reflection on the past, Juneteenth has grown from a Texas tradition to one that has garnered attention across … Continue reading

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Book Review: Stonewall Jackson, Beresford Hope, and the Meaning of the American Civil War

Stonewall Jackson, Beresford Hope, and the Meaning of the American Civil War By Michael J. Turner LSU Press, 2020; $50.00, hardcover Reviewed by Chris Mackowski As the last year has powerfully reminded us, Civil War monuments all have stories to … Continue reading

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A Radical Gettysburg Address

President Abraham Lincoln’s two-minute remarks during the dedication of the Soldiers’ Cemetery at Gettysburg on November 19, 1863 may be the most heralded words ever delivered in the English language. For nearly 160 years, the legacy and mythology surrounding that … Continue reading

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What We’ve Learned: Keep the Fire Alive for the Civil War

On April 12, 2011, I was sitting in my high school Civil War & Reconstruction course, just listening to my teacher talk to us about the significance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Early in the ‘Civil War … Continue reading

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Robin Hood & The Civil War: Rethinking the Power of Legends (Part 6, Conclusion)

End of a series Legends are powerful, but that doesn’t mean they are right. Sometimes, we can still research to separate fact from fiction. Other times—like with Robin Hood—too many stories exist and too much time has elapsed to have … Continue reading

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Robin Hood & The Civil War: A Strange Juxtaposition (Part 1)

This summer I watched Robin Hood (2006-2009 from BBC), and I liked it so much that I watched all three seasons. Twice. ECW is not the place to review my favorite TV shows, so why on earth am I mentioning … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Erie History, Lost and Found

I recently made a road trip to Pennsylvania to look in on family and friends, as I needed to check in on a few things in person. Since I was going to be in Erie, I decided to spend part … Continue reading

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Public and Private Recollections of Confederate General Edward Porter Alexander

ECW welcomes back guest author Abbi Smithmyer Nearly fifty years after the conclusion of the American Civil War, Edward Porter Alexander’s book Military Memoirs of a Confederate became available to the public. Alexander’s opening remarks begin with the following passage: … Continue reading

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Vanishing Monuments – The Case of Custer City, Colorado

“Do you remember the good old days before the ghost town?” – The Specials In the months and years that followed the battle of the Little Bighorn, dozens of towns and counties named after Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer sprang … Continue reading

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