Tag Archives: Petersburg

A Mother At Petersburg

The Confederate lines around Petersburg, Virginia, broke in the first days of April 1865. As Lee’s army headed west into the Appomattox Campaign, Union troops occupied the small city that had been the heart and namesake of a nine month … Continue reading

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Don’t Impede Edward Ord’s Columns

Edward O.C. Ord commanded the Army of the James at the end of the Civil War. In March 1865 they held the Union position north of the James River opposite the daunting Confederate works protecting Richmond. Before his final offensive … Continue reading

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A Head Start to Battlefield Tourism by a VI Corps Carpetbagger

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Petersburg’s Second Presbyterian Church and the Christmas of 1864

Emerging Civil War is pleased to welcome guest author Mike Wright. The Christmas season of 1864 at Petersburg would never be forgotten by the soldiers who manned the trenches or the citizens of the town, including the members at Second … Continue reading

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ECW on C-SPAN: Edward Alexander

The final segment from the Third Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge will air this weekend on C-SPAN 3. As part of our theme of “Great Attacks,” Edward Alexander looked at the Union Breakthrough at Petersburg–what Edward has … Continue reading

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Fanny Chamberlain: Heroine In A General’s Love Story (Part 2)

(This is Part 2 of an article published yesterday) July 17, 1863 My dear Fanny I was very much surprised to have a letter from you dated at New York. I have been writing you at Brunswick. I wrote you … Continue reading

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The Wedge to Split the Confederacy

Sneak preview of my presentation at the Emerging Civil War Symposium later this summer. Click on the map for a larger version.  

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Symposium Spotlight: Edward Alexander and the Breakthrough at Petersburg

Edward Alexander is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Edward has an affinity for the Federal 6th Army Corps. He is set to make his first speaking appearance at the Emerging Civil War Symposium this August. The 292 day siege … Continue reading

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Third Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge

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Coal from Confederate Santa, Christmas 1864

December 25, 1864 was greeted throughout the south without much of the joy and celebration that typically marks the Christmas season. Confederate armies were on the retreat from lost strongholds or huddled behind the cold, earthen walls that protected the … Continue reading

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