Tag Archives: William Seward

Indian Aid: Ely Parker and the Surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia

Four months before giving birth to her son Ely, expecting mother Elizabeth Johnson Parker (Gaontguttwus to the Tonawanda Seneca tribe) awoke one night after experiencing a dream. Her mind’s vision showed a rainbow broken in two. The bottom of one … Continue reading

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My Favorite Historical Person: William Seward

A postscript to the series! I taught U.S. Foreign Policy in the spring semester, so I spent a bit of time with Lincoln’s Secretary of State, William H. Seward. A strident abolitionist, Seward lost the nomination to Lincoln in 1860 … Continue reading

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“I could not answer for what might happen.” Part I

The Civil War was an intense international concern from the beginning. The neutrality—or lack thereof—by foreign powers was a decisive element in a conflict that might have spread beyond American shores. Both sides warred on enemy commerce; both American navies … Continue reading

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Happy Father’s Day

Many of our writers at ECW are also fathers. Our love and support goes out to them today (and every day) as they toil to tell the stories of other fathers, other children, other times.

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ECW Weekender: Fort Pickens

Today, we are pleased to welcome guest author Sean Michael Chick I took a trip down to Pensacola with my girlfriend two weeks ago, intent on checking out the beach before it became crowded. I also wanted to look at … Continue reading

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The First Peacetime Christmas–December 25, 1865

The war was over, and peace had come at last. But Christmas that year was marred by a tremendous gale which swept along the Atlantic coast on December 20, wrecking many ships and drowning some of the people who had … Continue reading

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Review: “The Lost Gettysburg Address”

The study of history is too often restricted to names, dates, and places. Generations of school kids have suffered through lectures akin to the one given in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. History, however, is not just treaties, generals, and presidents. … Continue reading

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A Mole in Plain Sight: A Review of Christopher Dickey’s “Our Man in Charleston: Britain’s Secret Agent in the Civil War South”

Journalist Christopher Dickey makes a significant contribution to the literature on antebellum and Civil War Charleston, South Carolina, with his new book Our Man in Charleston. With all the hallmarks of a spy novel, Dickey introduces us to Robert Bunch … Continue reading

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The Union Blockade and Mexico—Part 2

By Caroline Davis—part two The Union Blockade had begun to move inland up the Rio Grande by 1864, thwarting trade across the river. One would expect negative repercussions with the closing of this important trade route, but the Confederacy was … Continue reading

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The Republican Convention Site Is Chosen & the Dirty Tricks Begin!

Just as political parties wrangle now, so it has always been. In mid-December of 1859, Chicago’s finest, or maybe just Chicago’s wiliest–Norman Judd–went to New York City with one purpose in mind: to get the Republican Convention of 1860 held … Continue reading

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