Tag Archives: Vicksburg

Echoes of The Reconstruction Era: July 2020

ECW is pleased to welcome back guest author Patrick Young, author of The Reconstruction Era Blog. No period in United States history echoes as truly today as the Reconstruction Era. While many see contemporary parallels in the Civil War, let’s face … Continue reading

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Saving History Saturday: 99 Acres in the Western Theater

American Battlefield Trust is working to save 99 acres at Shiloh, Raymond, and Vicksburg battlefields and raising $553,330 to ensure the preservation of this land. Here are the historic details from their website announcement and donation page:

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In the Wake of Shiloh, Something to Consider about Vicksburg

In the wake of the Confederate loss at Shiloh, Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard worried about his situation. Expecting the Federals to press their advantage, he sent pleas to Richmond for additional reinforcements. On April 10, 1862, Robert E. Lee, serving as … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 7/8-7/14/19

Since we had so many responses with the Gettysburg question last week, let’s do Vicksburg this week… In your opinion, who was the best brigade commander during the Siege of Vicksburg? Why?

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“Independence Forever”–except in Vicksburg

To commemorate 1826’s July Fourth celebrations in Quincy, Massachusetts—which marked the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence—the organizing committee approached the town’s elder statesman, John Adams. Adams, the single most important voice of the independence movement in the Second … Continue reading

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Vicksburg or Gettysburg? LeRoy Gresham’s Words

It’s a long and continuing debate. Vicksburg or Gettysburg? Which is more important? Or are they inseparable? Certainly, Gettysburg tends to overshadow Vicksburg in public history interest. But how did people of the 1860’s view the two events? Pondering this … Continue reading

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Saving History Saturday: Friends of Vicksburg Raising Funds to Repair Damaged Monument

Just last month, Mississippi was ravaged by a series of severe storms, including many tornadoes. On April 13, several tornadoes touched down throughout the state, resulting in three that hit in Vicksburg’s vicinity alone. Not only did storms destroy numerous … Continue reading

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“Blowed to Freedom!”: Abraham and the Vicksburg Mine

Every February ECW does a series of posts about African Americans and the Civil War. There are many from which to choose, but I have made it my mission, as it were, to find those who are not as well … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Camels at Vicksburg National Military Park!

Come on out and join the Texas Camel Corps on July 21, 2018! This special event is being held at Vicksburg National Military Park once again, highlighting a unique aspect of the western theater of the Civil War: camels!

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“To save the further effusion of blood”: Major General John S. Bowen and the Surrender of Vicksburg

Emerging Civil War welcomes back guest author Kristen M. Pawlak On July 3, 1863, Major General John S. Bowen and Lieutenant Colonel Louis Montgomery entered the Union siege lines surrounding Vicksburg to deliver a message from Army of Mississippi Lieutenant … Continue reading

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