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ECW Weekender: Belle Isle Prison Camp

In the days when I worked in retail, I took a variety of history books to the breakroom. Reading was an escape during my lunch break, but I’m not sure my coworkers always approved of my “light reading.” One of … Continue reading

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From Monocacy to Danville: Captured Soldiers of the 87th Pennsylvania Infantry

On July 9, 1864, a small United States force under Major General Lewis Wallace faced off against Lieutenant General Jubal Early’s Army of the Valley as it pressed onward towards the national capital, Washington D.C. Early’s troops hoped to pressure … Continue reading

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Forts: “The Veritable Fort” — Fort McHenry & The Civil War

“At last we arrive at the veritable fort…” wrote Lieutenant John Dooley, recording his experiences on July 13, 1863.[i] Shot through both thighs ten days earlier at the Battle of Gettysburg, Dooley had been transported by his captors from The … Continue reading

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Book Review: Military Prisons of the Civil War: A Comparative Study

Military Prisons of the Civil War: A Comparative Study By David L. Keller Westholme Publishing, 2021, $32 hardcover Reviewed by Meg Groeling David L. Keller’s Military Prisons of the Civil War: A Comparative Study is the latest attempt to answer the eternal … Continue reading

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Andersonville on YouTube

On a rather blustery November day, Sheritta Bitikofer took a trip to Andersonville National Historic Site in Georgia for their annual Civil War Day. There, she shot a few videos and interviewed some of the staff and volunteer interpreters about … Continue reading

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Soldiers of Gettysburg: Christopher Swann, Powhatan Light Artillery

His name was Christopher Swann, and he was a private in the Powhatan Light Artillery. Wounded at Gettysburg on July 3, 1863, Swann became a prisoner.

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