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ECW on C-SPAN: Longstreet in the Wilderness

The next installment from the Third Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge airs this weekend on C-SPAN 3. The Battle of the Wilderness and Longstreet’s Counterattack, presented by Kris White, will air Saturday night at 6:00 p.m., Eastern. … Continue reading

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The Death and Memory of Alexander Hays

The following excerpt, related to events 152 years ago today, is adapted from my new book Hell Itself: The Battle of the Wilderness, part of the Emerging Civil War Series. Proceeds from the sale of the book go to support the … Continue reading

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The Shared Ground of Chancellorsville and the Wilderness

Yesterday, I wrote of the Civil War Trust’s current focus on a tract of land it’s calling the Chancellorsville-Wilderness Crossroads, which saw troop movements during both battles. Separated by a year, the battles shared much of the same geography even … Continue reading

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The Chancellorsville-Wilderness Crossroads

Early May is a busy month for Civil War buffs in my neck of the woods. In 1863, the battle of Chancellorsville roared through the eastern half of the Wilderness; in 1864, the battle of the Wilderness ripped through the … Continue reading

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Coming Soon: Hell Itself

One of the most anticipated volumes in the Emerging Civil War Series is finally on its way. Hell Itself: The Battle of the Wilderness completes a cycle of Savas Beatie books that includes A Season of Slaughter: The Battle of … Continue reading

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“Royal” Green Among Wilderness Brown

While I love hiking battlefields as a way to better understand the history that unfolded there, I also love being out in nature. There’s so much cool stuff to see—something my father opened my eyes to as a young boy … Continue reading

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Review: The Maps of the Wilderness

The Wilderness Battlefield exhibit shelter sits in the middle of Saunders Field like a tiny oasis as the roar of Route 20 zooms by. The Wilderness is no longer wild these days, with vast gated communities hidden behind the trees. … Continue reading

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A Daring Dash in the Wilderness

One of my favorite stories from the battle of the Wilderness is a small tale of daring-do passed along by Theodore Gerrish of the 20th Maine. The event took place on the afternoon of May 5, 1864. After his brigade’s … Continue reading

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Wilderness and Beauty

I’ve been in the Wilderness a lot lately, shooting photos for an upcoming book I’m working on for the Emerging Civil War Series. It seems like I’ve been writing about the Wilderness for so long that, almost by rote, I … Continue reading

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James H. Wilson and the American Civil War

John Buford, Wesley Merritt, George Bayard, Thomas C. Devin. These are but a few of the names that more often than not come to mind when one thinks of the premier Union cavarymen of the Civil War. Certainly more names could be … Continue reading

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