Tag Archives: World War I

On Anniversaries and the Timeline of History

The Battle of Gettysburg took place 155 years ago last month. Seems a long time ago, doesn’t it? Seems even further back to the founding of the United States in the 1780s, right? “Dates are the pegs on which we … Continue reading

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The Historic Harbors

A couple of weeks ago I attended a leadership retreat where a speaker touted the longtime importance of Hampton Roads as a harbor and host to very important events in American history. This got me thinking: what are the most … Continue reading

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Bivouacs of the Dead

When touring battlefields on my own or leading a group, I always try and stop by the cemeteries that are there – both to meet the men but also to reflect on the events. I try to do this whether … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 4/24/-4/30/17

In April 1917, the United States officially entered World War I. What Civil War era tactics, innovations, and ideas were used during World War I – successfully or unsuccessfully?

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Les Zouaves

The Civil War Trust just released one of its latest short videos about Zouave soldiers, the prominent and multi-colored soldiers that adorned the battlefields in both armies, but predominantly the Union. Jim Taub gives an excellent discussion of Zouaves in … Continue reading

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The Blue and Gray

At last weekend’s symposium, several people asked me about my lapel pin, which is a Korean taeguk of blue and gray swirls chasing each other – the classic “yin and yang” shape. (It is pictured below.) I periodically wear the … Continue reading

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Strategy Afloat: Commerce Raiding

November 6 is an important date in the history of one of the Civil War’s most successful commerce raiders, the CSS Shenandoah. This day 150 years ago she took the second of her 38 victims; exactly a year later she … Continue reading

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Money vs Memory

Editor’s Note: ECW is committed to historical preservation. Although Chris Kolakowski reacts to an instance related to a different war, this is something of concern to the general preservation community, so we’re pleased to bring it to our readers’ attention. … Continue reading

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