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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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A City of Hospitals, Short on Supplies

From the Portland, Maine, Daily Eastern Argus on Wednesday, May 25, 1864: A letter written from Fredericksburg after the battle of the Wilderness says:— “In a guano ware-house a magnificent veteran, leaning against the wall with his blouse on (to … Continue reading

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The Wilderness in Snapshots

To commemorate the anniversary of the battle of the Wilderness, we asked for some help from our friend Joe Lafleur. Joe is a volunteer with the Friends of the Wilderness Battlefield, and he’s always out and about on the field, … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 5/1-5/7/17

With battle anniversaries for Chancellorsville, Second Fredericksburg, Wilderness, and Spotsylvania Court House here or just around the calendar corner, we’re wondering if you have a favorite battlefield to visit from that list? If so, why?

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Writing the Wilderness and Reflecting

It’s 46° in Spotsylvania County, but the morning clouds have marched away and the blue-sky sun makes it feel more like sixty. To the west, another line of gray clouds hangs over the Blue Ridge Mountains like a haze of … Continue reading

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