Tag Archives: Robert E. Lee

Mr. President, Am I in Command Here?

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May 2022 Maine at War posts

In May 2022 my Maine at War blog examined topics ranging from North America’s largest rodent altering the Gettysburg landscape to a smart lawyer recruiting for the wrong regiment. May 4, 2022: Gettysburg beavers create a new pond Industrious beavers … Continue reading

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ECW Podcast: Grant vs. Lee

Follow “Grant versus Lee” from the Wilderness to Appomattox—in 304 pages. Chris Mackowski and Dan Welch talk about the latest book from the ECW 10th anniversary series, Grant vs. Lee: Favorite Stories from the Historians at Emerging Civil War (Savas Beatie, … Continue reading

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On the March to Sailor’s Creek with Tucker’s Naval Battalion

One thousand Confederate sailors and Marines defended Richmond by April 1865. Rear Admiral Raphael Semmes commanded the James River Squadron’s ironclads, wooden steamers, and torpedo boats. The Confederate Naval Academy, officers in training, operated CSS Patrick Henry. Captain John R. … Continue reading

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Why Did Robert E. Lee Think Highly of George B. McClellan?

When Civil War students rate the top generals of the war, Robert E. Lee and George B. McClellan can usually be found at opposite ends of the rankings. Though he has had some detractors, Lee is commonly found among the … Continue reading

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Commentary from the Bookshelves – Challenges of Command in the Civil War: Generalship, Leadership, and Strategy at Gettysburg, Petersburg, and Beyond, Volume I: Generals and Generalship by Richard J. Sommers

ECW welcomes guest author Ben Powers Sommers’ Challenges of Command in the Civil War is a series of essays that provide a comprehensive view of generalship during the American Civil War by examining the combat records of commanders throughout the … Continue reading

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February 2022 Maine at War posts

In February 2022 my Maine at War blog examined topics ranging from a cavalry trooper who would not quit to loyal Unionists suddenly trapped behind enemy lines in the Lone Star State. 

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Who Lost The “Lost Order”?

ECW welcomes back guest author Lloyd W. Klein General Robert E. Lee issued Special Order #191 on September 9, 1862. The order directed his corps commanders’ movements for the start of the Maryland Campaign. Soldiers of the Union army found … Continue reading

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Civil War Myth-busting: R. E. Lee, Warmonger or Peacemaker?

When I initially uploaded this article, it was called “Myth-busting.” The concept is in honor of one of my favorite non-history shows, Mythbusters (with the original cast). I had not seen Ryan Quint’s ECW blog, “Civil War Myth busting: The … Continue reading

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Robert E. Lee as a “Fallen Leader”?

I’m working on a volume for the Emerging Civil War 10th Anniversary Series on “Fallen Leaders.” As we did with last year’s symposium, the book considers leaders who not only fell, dead or wounded, on the battlefield but those who … Continue reading

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