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40th Parallel

Columbia, Pennsylvania, is a gritty river industrial town that dates back to the mid 18th-Century and straddles the 40th Parallel – a small stone marker marks that designation right along the Susquehanna River in Lancaster County. What makes the town … Continue reading

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Franklin’s Crossing at Fredericksburg

Earlier this year I had a rare opportunity to visit the site of Franklin’s Crossing (also known at the Lower Crossing) at Fredericksburg. The site sits on land owned by Spotsylvania County and isn’t currently accessible to the public. These … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Bliss

November’s Full Moon was November 30, and I find shooting the setting moon in early morning is many times easier than shooting the rising moon at sunset. Lining up the moving parts can be a challenge. The moon for November … Continue reading

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“Effect of a Shell on a Confederate”

A few weeks ago, as Brad Gottfried and I were looking through images for his upcoming Emerging Civil War Series book Lincoln Comes to Gettysburg, I came across one particularly grisly image among the many photos archived at the Library … Continue reading

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Dawn at Spotsylvania

May 12, 2020 – 156 years since the attack on the Mule Shoe Salient/Bloody Angle during the Battle of Spotsylvania The sun’s brightness felt blinding as I climbed out and headed east, then took the trail northwest to get to … Continue reading

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Morning at Ellwood

It’s the anniversary days for Battle of the Wilderness, and on May 5, the weather was predicted to be exceptionally fine. The result? An early morning trip to the battlefield, a little hiking, and breakfast at a historic house. Ellwood … Continue reading

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Book Review: Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth

Kevin Levin, a historian, educator, and blogger based in Boston, has waded into this argument keyboard blazing. The first three chapters discuss in depth the definition of a “camp slave.” When a slave-owning family sent one of their men to … Continue reading

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Writing “Antietam National Battlefield” for the Images of America Series

157 years ago, photographers Alexander Gardner and James Gibson first exposed their camera’s lens to the Antietam battlefield. The scene was still raw–Union soldiers and their campfires behind the Army of the Potomac’s lines. Once the Confederate army vacated its … Continue reading

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“Best Little Book on Barnard”

Historical Publications LLC of Charleston, S.C. is proud to announce publication of its new paperback, 100 Significant Civil War Photographs: Atlanta Campaign author by our own ECWer Stephen Davis. Steve writes that Mathew Brady, Alexander Gardner and Timothy O’Sullivan are … Continue reading

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Interview with David Knox

During an August 2018 visit to the Ogden Museum of Southern Art (located next door to New Orleans’ Civil War Museum at Confederate Memorial Hall) I encountered the work of David Knox. He takes photos from the Civil War to … Continue reading

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