Tag Archives: Saltville

The Economic Challenges of the Confederacy

ECW welcomes back Dr. Lloyd W. Klein Jefferson Davis brought to the Confederate Presidency long experience in the military and in politics, including service in the US Senate and the War Department.  Nevertheless, he was not a very good executive. … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Saltville, Virginia (Part 3)

Today, we’re wrapping up the tour notes for Saltville and focusing on the second battle sites and “salt park.” Part 1 and Part 2 are also available. The Second Battle of Saltville happened December 20-21, 1864, and was directly triggered … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Saltville, Virginia (Part 2)

Today, we’ll focus on the First Battle of Saltville and its Civil War sites. Stay tuned next Friday for the Second Battle of Saltville sites and Salt Park. On October 2, 1864, approximately 300 Confederates held the high ground around … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Museum of the Middle Appalachians (Saltville, Part 1)

Please note: travel is not advised at this time due to COVID19, but we want to continue sharing weekender trips to give ideas of places to visit in the future. If you take Exit 29 or 35 off Interstate 81 … Continue reading

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The Other Confederate War Criminal – Champ Ferguson

150 years ago last week, on October 20, 1865, Champ Ferguson was hanged in Nashville. He and Andersonville’s commandant, Henry Wirz, were the only Confederates tried and executed for war crimes after the Civil War. I wrote about one of … Continue reading

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They Intended To Kill All Of Them – Battle and Death in Southwest Virginia

150 years ago today, 5,000 Union soldiers marched toward Saltville, Virginia, aiming to destroy the key saltworks at that town. Under the command of Major General Stephen Burbridge, the forces were made up mostly of Kentucky Mounted Infantry, plus a … Continue reading

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