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Turning Point: Assault on Battery Wagner by the 54th Massachusetts

Around a small hamlet in southern Pennsylvania, Robert E. Lee’s vaunted Army of Northern Virginia was stymied and driven back after three days, July 1st through the 3rd, of bloodletting at the Battle of Gettysburg. A turning point in the … Continue reading

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“Thenceforward and Forever Free”: The Emancipation Proclamation as a Turning Point

We are pleased to welcome Dan Vermilya, author of the upcoming Emerging Civil war Series book That Field of Blood: The Battle of Antietam. Dan, a historian at Gettysburg National Military Park, is also a licensed battlefield guide at Antietam … Continue reading

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JFK at Antietam

One of the things I love about revisiting a battlefield is to see what jumps out at me this time. Each visit has the opportunity to bring something new if I remain open to it. Such was the case during … Continue reading

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A Monumental Discussion: Sarah Kay Bierle

Ever played the ice-breaker game “Two Truths & A Lie?” The concept is that everyone makes three statements (usually about themselves) and the others have to guess which are true and which is a lie. Now, let’s be clear, I … Continue reading

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A Monumental Discussion: Julie Mujic

As the events in Charlottesville were taking place, I finished reading a new book by Washington Post journalist Steven Levingston called Kennedy and King: The President, the Pastor, and the Battle over Civil Rights. Levingston offers a chronological narrative focused … Continue reading

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A “Visionary” Plan? The Proposed March 1865 Peace Conference, Part 6

(Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5 are available. Part 6 is the concluding post in the series.) From his headquarters at City Point, Grant, in turn, informed Lincoln and Stanton that Ord had met with Longstreet … Continue reading

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My Favorite Historical Person: James Garfield

There is an old joke that all it took to be President of the United States after the Civil War was membership in the Republican Party, a beard, and the title of Union veteran.  James A. Garfield met all of … Continue reading

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“We Have A Light”: Our Shared Lie About the Confederacy

Today, we welcome back guest author Sam Smith. “The Confederate Constitution was virtually identical to the original, except that it explicitly protected slavery.” This is one of the most common canards of Civil War history. I don’t know where this fiction … Continue reading

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Underground Railroad Wins Pulitzer in Fiction

The Pulitzer Prizes were announced this afternoon, and while most of the attention goes to the journalism awards, the Pulitzer committee also makes awards in arts & letters. This year’s winner for fiction was Colson Whitehead’s novel The Underground Railroad. ECW’s … Continue reading

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Robert Penn Warren’s Reflections on Jefferson Davis’s Citizenship

As I mentioned in a post a couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity recently to pick up Robert Penn Warren’s short 1980 book Jefferson Davis Gets His Citizenship Back. It’s beautifully written, and Warren’s ambivalence about his native South … Continue reading

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