Tag Archives: Slavery

A Whiff of Treason? John Hay, George B. McClellan, and the Incident with Major John J. Key

ECW welcomes guest author Alexander B. Rossino A scandalous incident occurred in Washington, D.C. soon after the end of the 1862 Maryland Campaign. In late September, Maj. John J. Key, an officer attached to the staff of general-in-chief Henry Halleck, … Continue reading

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Sugar Kettle Art

In my many travels to New Orleans, I noticed a peculiar trend in the gardening and landscaping of historic homes. Giant iron kettles or cauldrons were used as fountains or humungous flowerpots. I didn’t think anything of them at first, … Continue reading

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Echoes of the Lost Cause: Autumn of the Lost Cause

ECW is pleased to welcome back Patrick Young, author of The Reconstruction Era blog The last month has been one of dislocation for those of us devoted to studying the Civil War and Reconstruction.  Nathan Bedford Forrest was literally relocated, or at … Continue reading

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Sherman in the Days Before Disunion

As the dark clouds of war gathered in early 1860, William Tecumseh Sherman’s career took yet another turn. He was called by old army friends like Braxton Bragg and P.G.T. Beauregard to become superintendent of the Louisiana Seminary of Learning … Continue reading

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The Anti-Lee: George Henry Thomas, Southerner in Blue

ECW welcomes guest author Kenly Stewart On August 21, 1831, a reckoning fell upon Southampton County, Virginia. Nat Turner, an enslaved preacher turned prophet and zealot, led one of the largest and deadliest slave rebellions in American history. Years of … Continue reading

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From the Plantation to the Battlefield

“Journey of a slave from the plantation to the battlefield”

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The Effects of the Wilson-Kautz Raid through Newspaper Advertisements (part two of two)

ECW is pleased to welcome back Tim Talbott (part two of two) Evidence of the amount of disorder the Union horsemen wreaked on the region’s citizens during the Wilson-Kautz Raid appears in numerous newspaper advertisements placed by individuals seeking to reclaim … Continue reading

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The Effects of the Wilson-Kautz Raid through Newspaper Advertisements (part one of two)

ECW is pleased to welcome back Tim Talbott, director of education and interpretation at Pamplin Historical Park (part one of two) Slave trader E. H. Stokes placed an advertisement in the August 6, 1864, edition of the Richmond Daily Dispatch, … Continue reading

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Sound of Freedom: Confronting Slavery in the 21st Century

As speakers for the dead, historians shout at the top of our lungs what our forefathers warned us about decades ago. One of those admonitions was “Don’t ignore slavery!” Well, dear reader, I’m here to say we’ve ignored it too … Continue reading

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Commentary from the Bookshelves—The Price for Their Pound of Flesh: The Value of the Enslaved from Womb to Grave in the Building of the Nation by Daina Ramey Berry

Emerging Civil War welcomes back guest author Mark Harnitchek… The Price for Their Pound of Flesh puts, front and center, the tension between the internal value of enslaved human souls and their external monetary value as the property of their … Continue reading

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