Tag Archives: Richmond

The Best Missed Opportunity at Richmond

We are pleased to welcome back guest author Doug Crenshaw, who continues to look at communications mishaps during the campaigns for Richmond. Today, he turns to 1864. As they peered over the walls of Fort Harrison, Confederate soldiers witnessed an … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 1/9/17-1/15/17

Later this week, we have another great post coming up from guest author Doug Crenshaw. Doug is a volunteer interpreter at Richmond National Battlefield, and he’s been taking a look at some of the communications mishaps among commanders during the … Continue reading

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Civil War Echoes: Manila 1941

75 years ago today, Douglas MacArthur ordered the evacuation of Manila. Over the next week, a massive movement of personnel and supplies occurred from the Philippine capital to Bataan and Corregidor. Japanese forces entered Manila on January 2, 1942. There … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Lincoln’s Greatest Journey: Sixteen Days that Changed a Presidency, March 24—April 8, 1865”

The historiography of the United States’ 16th president is remarkable. For over 15,000 times, Abraham Lincoln has been the center of focus for historians and students of history. With such an overwhelming amount of research, one wonders if every stone … Continue reading

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Fredericksburg, My Favorite City in Virginia (part three)

part three of five As a child in the D.C. public school system, I was in the honors track (there was an educational track system at that time). While in this program in Payne Elementary School and Eliot Junior High … Continue reading

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The Ghosts of Crimea Before Richmond

When judging Civil War leaders, we sometimes look at them in isolation of a period or event, forgetting that they always act in accordance with the sum of their knowledge and experience to date. But remembering what has gone before … Continue reading

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“Little Photography in Jeffdom:” The Decline of Photography in the Civil War South

In 1862 Humphrey’s Journal of the Daguerreotype and Photographic Arts boasted that “The Photographic Art down South has completely died out in consequence of the war.”[i] Though an obvious overstatement, considering that southern photographers operated throughout the war, the journal … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Poe Museum

Edgar Allan Poe died in Baltimore under mysterious circumstances in 1849—well before the Civil War. On a recent trip to Richmond, I nonetheless found a few surprising ancillary connections between the writer and the war. The connections all came through, … Continue reading

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Do You Know George Wythe?

Down the street from the Governor’s Palace in Colonial Williamsburg sits a two-story brick structure. Living historians, in first-person, debate the road to the American Revolution. But, who was George Wythe? 

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Richard Ewell’s Leg?

Confederate Major General Richard Stoddard Ewell was bending down, trying to see below the musket smoke and setting sun. The Battle of Groveton, one of the opening salvos in the Battle of Second Manassas had evolved into a stand-up, straight … Continue reading

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