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At the Utterance of “Spottsylvania”

From The Thirty-Second Maine Regiment of Infantry Volunteers: An Historical Sketch by Henry C. Houston of Co. C (Portland, ME: Press of Southworth Brothers, 1903), pp. 144-145: The utterance of the single word “Spottsylvania” [sic] is enough to bring most … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Emory Upton: Misunderstood Reformer”

Book Review by Emerging Civil War’s Derek Maxfield   In the small Upstate New York city of Batavia, there are no historic heroes bigger than Emory Upton.  You need look no farther than the larger than life statue honoring him … Continue reading

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Struck by a Fired Ramrod, Part 3: Who Shot Major Ellis?

This is part three of a three-part series. Part one. Part two. For decades after William Ellis’s death, his story concluded for all but his mother. Later that month, August 1864, the already widowed Catharine Ellis began the process of … Continue reading

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Struck by a Fired Ramrod, Part 1: Delayed Mortal Wounding at Spotsylvania’s Bloody Angle

“This has been a Sabbath to me,” confessed Surgeon George T. Stevens to his wife, Harriet, in a letter written Thursday evening, August 4, 1864. “No day since the campaign commenced last May has seemed like Sabbath before, but this … Continue reading

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ECW Symposium Traffic Alert

For all of you traveling to this weeks symposium: The Fourth Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium is being held in Northern Virginia. Traffic in this area of the I-95 corridor can be EXTREMELY heavy on Friday afternoons/evenings, especially if you … Continue reading

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Just 11 Symposium Tickets Left!

If you are planning on purchasing a ticket to the Fourth Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge, time is running out! We have just 11 tickets left for this exciting event. This year’s theme is “Great Defenses of … Continue reading

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2017 Emerging Civil War Symposium Schedule of Events

We are proud to announce the full schedule of events for the Fourth Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge. We hope that you will join us for this exciting event. Last year’s event sold out, so be sure … Continue reading

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A Rainy Day at the Bloody Angle, 153 Years Later

Iv stood today at Spotsyvlania’s Bloody Angle, at the site of the 22-inch oak tree felled by small-arms fire. Rain fell, as it did on this date in 1864 during most of the battle. For twenty-two hours, the fight raged … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 5/1-5/7/17

With battle anniversaries for Chancellorsville, Second Fredericksburg, Wilderness, and Spotsylvania Court House here or just around the calendar corner, we’re wondering if you have a favorite battlefield to visit from that list? If so, why?

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Christmas on the Rappahannock

About twenty years ago my parents bought me a Civil War painting by Ray W. Forquer. The painting, “Christmas on the Rappahannock,” has always been one of my favorites. It’s not the artistry that I love so much, but the … Continue reading

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