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Arkansas’s Role in the Vicksburg Campaign (part two)

ECW is pleased to welcome guest author Carson Butler. Part two of two. Following victory at Port Gibson, Grant pushed his forces north-eastward, and ultimately marched his army towards Jackson, the capital of Mississippi. After defeating a Confederate force under … Continue reading

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Arkansas’s Role in the Vicksburg Campaign (part one)

ECW is pleased to welcome guest author Carson Butler. Part one of two. The Mississippi River is one of the most defining features of the North American continent, and during the American Civil War, it proved to be vital in … Continue reading

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Every Free Able-Bodied Male Citizen: Another Example of Militia Readiness in Antebellum America Part IV

A few years ago, I wrote a series concerning antebellum militias in America. I gave a thoughtful introduction, explaining the state of local militias between the Revolution and the Civil War, then wrote about a northern militia group and a … Continue reading

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“You can do a great deal in eight days”: Ulysses S. Grant’s Forgotten Turning Point (part two)

Part two of two With an escort of twenty cavalrymen, Ulysses S. Grant rode on the evening of May 3, 1863, into the newly captured town Grand Gulf, Mississippi. He passed the now-abandoned Confederate forts, Cobun and Wade, and made … Continue reading

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“You can do a great deal in eight days”: Ulysses S. Grant’s Forgotten Turning Point (part one)

Part one of two Ulysses S. Grant had envisioned his arrival in Grand Gulf, Mississippi, under other circumstances. A week earlier, he had targeted the landing as the ideal spot to cross his army from the west bank of the … Continue reading

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Civil War Cooking: Colonel Bartlett’s Dinner with the 49th Massachusetts

“I invited George Wheatland (of Salem), Major of the Forty-eighth, to dine with me this evening. We dine at six. I gave him a very good dinner. We used the new mess pail; just right for three. I had a … Continue reading

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Maine at War: January 2020

Here’s what our friend Brian Swartz was up to in January at his blog, Maine at War: January 1, 2020: Help erect the first Maine monument in the Shenandoah Valley. The Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation is raising funds to erect … Continue reading

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Maine at War: November 2019

Here’s what our friend Brian Swartz was up to in November at his blog Maine at War: November 6, 2019: Teen-aged Maine patriot wrote a song predicting his death A corporal with the 21st Maine infantry Regiment, Charles Morgan Searles wrote an … Continue reading

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Saving History Saturday: One Community’s Effort to Honor a USCT Hero

Tucked away in the historic village of Sandwich, Massachusetts, is a worn-down headstone. This is no ordinary gravesite, though. In fact, it is the resting place of a Civil War hero – Sandwich’s only known African American Union soldier. While … Continue reading

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Captain Emile Locoul and the Defense of St. James Parrish

Emile Locoul was a third generation Louisiana plantation owner. He was considered a Creole, which in Louisiana meant a person’s whose ancestors came when Louisiana was a colony and who maintained the colonial traditions. Most Creoles were of French, Spanish, … Continue reading

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