Tag Archives: Rob Orrison

The “Emerging Civil War Series” Series: To Hazard All

I have always enjoyed tour guides. They’re a useful tool for Civil War historians. I can read it from the comfort of my home and use it later when visiting the sites of a Civil War battle and/or campaign. It … Continue reading

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The “Emerging Civil War Series” Series: The Last Road North

Gettysburg will always be a perennial favorite. From its devotees of the battle’s historiography to the battlefield trekkers that come back time and time again, in the field of the American Civil War, the battle of Gettysburg will always remain … Continue reading

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The “Emerging Civil War Series” Series: A Want of Vigilance

Researching and writing a book about a “lost battle” is always a challenge. As you start to find a wealth of research and information, you wonder, “Why is it lost?” In the case of Bristoe Station, the “loss” comes because … Continue reading

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Video Tour of Jackson’s Flank March

Today’s the anniversary of Stonewall Jackson’s fateful flank march at the 1863 battle of Chancellorsville. In 2020, ECW’s Chris Mackowski did a video tour along the flank march route. You can take a watch from the ECW YouTube page:

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Emerging Rev War Bus Tour: Victory or Death!

“I remember all the accounts there given of the battle fields and struggles for the liberties of the country, and none fixed themselves upon my imagination so deeply as the struggle here at Trenton, New Jersey. The crossing of the … Continue reading

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“Stonewall Jackson is Down”

We had bushwhacked our way from the 17th Michigan Monument along Burnside Drive up through the woods to Heth’s Salient—a lesser-known part of the Spotsylvania Battlefield but one worth seeing. Doug Crenshaw and Bert Dunkerly had come up from Richmond … Continue reading

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The Lost Line at Rappahannock Station

I had the chance yesterday to explore the former Rappahannock Station battlefield, courtesy of my ECW colleague Rob Orrison. I drive through the battlefield all the time, but believe it or not, I’ve never even realized it. Rob generously took … Continue reading

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Telling Stonewall Jackson’s Story Atop Henry House Hill

I always think of July 21 as Stonewall Jackson’s birthday. Thomas Jonathan Jackson was born on January 21, 1824, so that’s his actual birthday, but he got his famous nickname at the battle of First Manassas, which took place in … Continue reading

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Symposium Preview with Rob Orrison

by ECW Correspondent Jordan Vollmer More than 100 people are already registered to attend the Fifth Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge slated for this summer. Rob Orrison, co-organizer of this year’s event, gives the credit to this … Continue reading

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Searching for George Brinton McClellan

In preparation for Rob Orrison’s and my upcoming ECWS book, To Hazard All: A Guide to the Maryland Campaign, 1862, we closed the books and hit the trails and cement roads zigzagging through northern Virginia and central and western Maryland. At … Continue reading

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