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Brothers in the 8th Virginia

The 8th Virginia Regiment charged toward the stonewall on Cemetery Ridge on July 3, 1863, as part of the Pickett-Pettigrew-Trimble Charge during the battle of Gettysburg. Sometimes called “The Bloody Eighth, this regiment lost nearly 70% of its strength in … Continue reading

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May 2022 Maine at War posts

In May 2022 my Maine at War blog examined topics ranging from North America’s largest rodent altering the Gettysburg landscape to a smart lawyer recruiting for the wrong regiment. May 4, 2022: Gettysburg beavers create a new pond Industrious beavers … Continue reading

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The Most Devastating Confederate Attack?

Chancellorsville is often seen as one of the Army of Northern Virginia’s greatest attacks, achieving a victory against overwhelming odds, yet I would argue that rivaling that is the one launched on the third day of fighting at Second Manassas. … Continue reading

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Fallen Leaders: General Richard B. Garnett

Tuesday, May 12, 1863. The location: Richmond, Virginia. The bells tolled, the military bands played dirges, and uniforms and civilian attire displayed mourning badges. The casket of Lieutenant General Thomas J. Jackson was drawn through the streets to Capitol Square … Continue reading

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Hispanic Service in the Civil War

ECW welcomes guest author Carlos Mutis My membership with Adams County Historical Society (ACHS) has created opportunities for historical research and professional development. A recent opportunity has given me the focus of researching the role of Hispanics at the Battle … Continue reading

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Soldiers of Gettysburg, L. Purnell, 11th Mississippi

He has been identified as L. Purnell, according to the photograph image catalog. He served in Company I of the 11th Mississippi Infantry and was wounded during the Battle of Gettysburg.  According to notes within the photograph’s case, Purnell had … Continue reading

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“With that Cool Courage”: The Death of Colonel James K. Marshall at Gettysburg

ECW welcomes guest author Michael Singleton On the afternoon of July 3, 1863, 24-year-old Colonel James K. Marshall was killed by rifle fire while leading Pettigrew’s brigade during the Confederate attack at Gettysburg now known as “Pickett’s Charge.”  Traveling mounted … Continue reading

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Unintentional Reconciliation  – Memorializing the Cavalry Fight at Gettysburg

Though not far from the Civil War’s memorial epicenter, the cavalry battlefield at Gettysburg National Military Park sits relatively undisturbed by the crowds of tourists who come to see the site of the largest ever battle in the Western Hemisphere. … Continue reading

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A Conversation with Philip Gerard on The Last Battleground (part five)

Part five of six Good storytelling can get at aspects of history that can otherwise end up overlooked. Yesterday in our conversation with writer Philip Gerard, he talked about the importance of that in his new book, The Last Battleground: … Continue reading

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“Intruder in the Dust” and Pickett’s Charge

In year’s past on July 3, we’ve shared the words of William Faulkner from Intruder in the Dust that recount that moment, just before the start of Pickett’s Charge, pregnant with possibility. Today, on our YouTube page, I took a … Continue reading

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