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A Stonewall Jackson “What If” I’d Never Heard Before

During a Q&A with the Franklin Civil War Roundtable last month, someone asked me a question about Stonewall Jackson that no one had ever asked me before. My presentation had been on “The Last days of Stonewall Jackson,” and someone … Continue reading

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Fallen New York Officers at the Deep Cut

At 3 p.m. on August 30, 1862, 10,000 Union soldiers charged across the Groveton-Sudley Road toward the Confederates occupying the stretch of an unfinished railroad around the Deep Cut. Of the seventeen regiments that participated in this assault led by … Continue reading

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Jubal Early’s Charmed Existence in the Summer of 1862

ECW welcomes guest author Chris Bryan Brigadier General Jubal Early, and his brigade, faced tight spots on numerous battlefields in August and September 1862. These events occurred during a period when the brigade also fought at Kettle Run, Groveton, and … Continue reading

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“Stonewall Jackson is Down”

We had bushwhacked our way from the 17th Michigan Monument along Burnside Drive up through the woods to Heth’s Salient—a lesser-known part of the Spotsylvania Battlefield but one worth seeing. Doug Crenshaw and Bert Dunkerly had come up from Richmond … Continue reading

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History vs. Memory: Statues of Stonewall Offer a Lesson

Do we erase history when we take down a statue? That’s a question at the core of recent debate concerning Confederate monuments. Personally, I’m not convinced we do, but I do know we erase memory. However, the distinction between “memory” … Continue reading

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“I Should Be Sorry to See Fredericksburg Suffer:” The Battle of Fredericksburg’s Impact on the Town’s Civilians

ECW welcomes guest author Abbi Smithmyer Every year, countless individuals flock to America’s Civil War battlefields for a firsthand look at places impacted by the conflict. Narratives of these engagements are mostly centered on the army commanders and men in … Continue reading

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Invading the North and Protecting the Capital

On June 5, 1862, as he settled into his new command of the Confederate army outside Richmond, Robert E. Lee contemplated his next moves. For starters, he put his men to the shovel building defensive fortifications—a course of action that … Continue reading

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Looking for the Battle of Front Royal

On May 23, 1862, Stonewall Jackson swept down from the Shenandoah Valley’s Massanutten Mountain into the shocked Federal garrison in Front Royal commanded by Col. John Reese Kenly. Jackson, with more than 3,000 men, overwhelmed Kenly, with about 1,000 men, … Continue reading

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The Battle of McDowell

I can hardly imagine the boom of cannons echoing off the mountains. Stonewall Jackson had perched atop the peaks southeast of town and dared Federal forces under Robert Milroy to attack him. Milroy, fanned across the valley below, gave it … Continue reading

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FREE ECW Podcast: Jackson’s Wounding

Chris Mackowski, Rob Orrison, and Kris White have been preparing a surprise! There’s a new ECW Podcast episode about “Stonewall” Jackson’s wounding on the night of May 2, 1863, at Chancellorsville. And it’s available for FREE. Just head over the … Continue reading

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