Tag Archives: politics

Political Visitors to the AoP

At the end of April, I shared a BookChat Q&A with historian Zachary Fry about his new book A Republic in the Ranks: Loyalty and Dissent in the Army of the Potomac, now available from the University of North Carolina … Continue reading

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The Resonance of The Field of Blood

I recently finished reading The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War by Joanne B. Freeman, and in all honesty, I can’t remember a history book that seemed more relevant or resonant. Published in 2018, … Continue reading

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BookChat with Leon Reed, author of No Greater Calamity for the Country

I was pleased to spend some time recently with No Greater Calamity for the Country: North-South Conflict, Secession, and the Onset of Civil War, a new release by Leon Reed from Little Falls Books. Leon was kind enough to take a … Continue reading

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Questions of Secession (part one)

part one of five As a Richmond National Battlefield Park Volunteer, I have spent many Saturdays talking about the legality of secession with Nathan Hall, a historian and park ranger at Richmond. Nathan has been studying the topic deeply for … Continue reading

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Looking Back…1860’s Politics

As we’re preparing this post, it’s the evening of Election Day, and by tomorrow morning when this post appears, results will be headlining in the newspapers, online, and in social media feeds. 155 years ago citizens of the United States … Continue reading

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Lincoln Develops a More Modern Command System – Part 2: Frustration to Breakthrough

Emerging Civil War welcomes back JoAnna M. McDonald (This piece follows the introductory reminder of wars and republics and Part 1: Growing Pains) Thus far, in the first fourteen months, President Abraham Lincoln’s command systems had failed to generate success … Continue reading

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Lincoln Develops a More Modern Command System, Part 1: Growing Pains

Emerging Civil War welcomes back JoAnna M. McDonald (This piece follows the introductory reminder of wars and republics.) When you think of the Northern effort in winning the war, you probably picture Congress passing legislation that generated huge numbers of … Continue reading

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Winning Wars in a Republic

Emerging Civil War welcomes back JoAnna M. McDonald, and this short post “sets the stage” for a full discussion in the following days about Lincoln and his challenges with a republic at war. While the North and South had different … Continue reading

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General Francis Barlow and The Letters He Destroyed on July 1, 1863

General Francis C. Barlow placed his division of the Union XI Corps on a rise of high ground, north of the town of Gettysburg. Without adequate reinforcements to anchor a defensive line, his exposed troops took the brunt of the … Continue reading

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June 28, 1864: “Hereby, Repealed”

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That section three and five of an act entitled “An act respecting fugitives from justice and persons escaping from the service … Continue reading

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