Tag Archives: Sharpsburg

Voices of the Maryland Campaign: September 17, 1862

The flash of musketry fire illuminated the dark landscape around the sleepy town of Sharpsburg while the few visible stars still hovered in the early morning sky. With each passing moment, as the sun rose higher behind the peaks of … Continue reading

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With Lee in Leesburg: Harrison Hall

On the night of September 5, 1862 a lot must have been going through Lee’s mind as he went to bed in the home of Henry and Jane Harrison in Leesburg. A few days before he informed Confederate President Davis … Continue reading

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Kevin Pawlak: Robert E. Lee Defends the Confederate High Water Mark at Sharpsburg

Two months from today, Kevin Pawlak will be speaking at the Fourth Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge (Aug. 4-6). His talk, “‘Water to his Front, Water to his Rear’: Robert E. Lee Defends the Confederate High Water Mark … Continue reading

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Union Balloon Corps: Part 3

(Part 1 and Part 2 are available for reference.) The Union Balloon Corps received little recognition for its successes, and many in the military Sevens Days Battles considered them nothing more than entertainment. The conclusion of the Seven Days Battles, … Continue reading

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Hand-Drawing the “Art” in Cartography

“Military works are almost universally lacking in adequate maps,” Brig. Gen. Vincent Esposito wrote in his Introduction to The West Point Atlas of American Wars (1959). Boy, was he right. How many times have we thought, while reading an otherwise fine campaign … Continue reading

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The Fog of War–When Modern Weather Gives Us a History Lesson

Col. Lonsdale Hale first coined the now oft-used phrase “fog of war” in 1896.  He termed it as “the state of ignorance in which commanders frequently find themselves as regards the real strength and position, not only of their foes, … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: “America’s Fiery Trial” Symposium

This weekend marks the second annual Civil War symposium at the Victoria Read Public Library, in Flushing, Ohio. For the past two years event coordinator Roger Micker has put together a great lineup of speakers. Last years event paid tribute … Continue reading

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Symposium Spotlight: Ryan Quint and the Cornfield at Antietam

Ryan Quint, Emerging Civil War’s Book Review Editor, will make his second appearance at the Emerging Civil War Symposium. It seems that some of the most simply named places on Civil War battlefields, witnessed the most horrific moments of the … Continue reading

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The Winchester Photograph: Portrait of A General’s Character

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Sarah Kay Bierle There were only two photos of General “Stonewall” Jackson taken during the war. One photograph was made during April 1863, shortly before his final battle at Chancellorsville and … Continue reading

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Maryland, My Maryland

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Sarah Kay Bierle Conclusion of a series While Maryland soldiers – like Henry K. Douglas – fought battles and worried about their families, Southern sympathizing civilians in Maryland were under fire … Continue reading

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