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BookChat with Adam Petty, Author of The Battle of the Wilderness in Myth and Memory

I was pleased to spend some time recently with a new book by historian Adam Petty, The Battle of the Wilderness in Myth and Memory (LSU Press, 2019). I reviewed the booked for the spring 2020 edition of Louisiana State … Continue reading

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Reading and Re-Reading Some Civil War Fiction

I recently reviewed Ralph Peters’ newest Civil War novel, Darkness at Chancellorsville, for Civil War Monitor (you can read that review here). It was an enjoyable read by an author with a gift for capturing the essence of a character … Continue reading

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A Recap of the Overland Campaign’s 155th

One hundred fifty-five years ago, Ulysses S. Grant sat on the doorstep of Richmond, trying to figure out his next step now that Robert E. Lee had stymied him once again. The Overland Campaign was about to shift into a … Continue reading

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2018 Year in Review: #4

We’ve reached #4 on our countdown of the top ten most-read posts of 2018. The story involved vandalism against Confederate monuments on the Wilderness battlefield: 4) The Wrongheaded Righteousness of Spray Paint by Chris Mackowski (May 31, 2018) “There is … Continue reading

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Civil War Medical History at Ellwood

Check out this exciting opportunity at Ellwood on the Wilderness battlefield by our friends at the Friends of Wilderness Battlefield this weekend.

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The Wrongheaded Righteousness of Spray Paint

We’ve had such a good month here at ECW that I hate to end on a sour note. However, I received an alarming note from Rob Orrison this morning about some unfortunate shenanigans in the Wilderness where, it seems, the … Continue reading

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Beauty in the Wilderness

Irises in bloom at Ellwood, on the Wilderness battlefield May 10, 2018

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Having “A Moment” at the Turning Point of the War

I thought if I waited until dusk, I might be able to stand at the Brock Road/Plank Road intersection in the Wilderness and have a “moment.” During the day, the intersection almost always has traffic passing through, and in the … Continue reading

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Lincoln, Shakespeare, and the Wilderness

“My God! My God! twenty thousand poor souls sent to their final account in one day,” President Lincoln lamented after the battle of the Wilderness. “I cannot bear it! I cannot bear it!” 

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The Woundings of Jackson and Longstreet

The circumstances were eerily similar: both Confederate lieutenant generals had led successful flank attacks through the dark, close woods of the Wilderness when they were accidentally shot by their own men. For both Stonewall Jackson and James Longstreet, it seemed … Continue reading

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