Tag Archives: Texas

The Confederate Reunion Grounds in Mexia, Texas

On a recent drive from Dallas to College Station, Texas (better known in these parts as ‘Aggieland’) I happened to pass a sign that caught my attention. It was for a Texas State Historic Site in the small town of … Continue reading

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Book Review: Confederates and Comancheros, Skullduggery and Double-Dealing in the Texas-New Mexico Borderlands

  “Skullduggery,” the word graces the cover and the third paragraph of the introduction to this detailed study that highlights a very niche component of the American Civil War and the frontier establishment of the American southwest. Authors and historians … Continue reading

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February 2022 Maine at War posts

In February 2022 my Maine at War blog examined topics ranging from a cavalry trooper who would not quit to loyal Unionists suddenly trapped behind enemy lines in the Lone Star State. 

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Civilians Under Siege: A Confederate Woman’s Diary of the War in the Trans-Mississippi

I first encountered Brokenburn: The Journal of Kate Stone, 1861–1868 in an undergraduate course on the topic of great Civil War writers. Looking at the syllabus at the start of the term, I circled the diary as a text I … Continue reading

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Book Review: On Juneteenth

On Juneteenth  By Annette Gordon-Reed Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2021, $15.95 Reviewed by Jon Tracey Thanks to current discussions of inequality and increased reflection on the past, Juneteenth has grown from a Texas tradition to one that has garnered attention across … Continue reading

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Treüe der Union: A German Union Man Cheats Death in Texas

Three days after the attack on August 10, 1862, Ernst Cramer returned to the battlefield near the Nueces River to search for his wounded friends. Nineteen dead German Americans, bloated, blackened, and putrid in the unrelenting west Texas heat lay … Continue reading

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A Rope of Sand: Some thoughts on America after Confederate Independence

ECW welcomes guest author Jim Morgan “A Southern Republic will be worse than a rope of sand with South Carolina at its head – arrogant, self-willed and dictatorial as she is.” –Former North Carolina Attorney General, Bartholomew F. Moore, December, … Continue reading

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Debate at Alamo Square: Charles Anderson Takes a Bold Stand

ECW is pleased to welcome back David T. Dixon. The day after the news of Abraham Lincoln’s 1860 election reached San Antonio, handbills appeared on walls and fences around town. The posters called for all Breckenridge men to assemble in … Continue reading

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CW & Pop Culture: Steve Earle’s “Ben McCulloch”

I’ve been a longtime Steve Earle fan and I’m here today to share something with you… Steve Earle is cooler than crap. Here’s a guy who cut his teeth in the music business under the tutelage of the great Townes … Continue reading

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John Bell Hood Ambushed at Devil’s River, Part 1

Emerging Civil War welcomes back Frank Jastrzembski Confederate General John Bell Hood requires no introduction. He was one of the most controversial generals to serve on either side during the American Civil War. He made an exceptional division commander, but … Continue reading

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