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ECW Podcast MackowskiGet fresh perspectives and great insights on America’s defining event from the historians at Emerging Civil War. Co-hosted by Chris Mackowski and a revolving cadre of ECW’s contributors, The Emerging Civil War Podcast taps into an award-winning line-up of historians from a wide variety of backgrounds with a wide variety of interests on a wide variety of topics. Listen to the Emerging Civil War Podcast and be part of the conversation—which you can also join online: www.emergingcivilwar.com.

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May 25, 2021 – The Overland Campaign: Chris Mackowski and Nathan Provost have a wide-ranging conversation about the Overland Campaign, which was in full swing 157 years ago this month. (Listen FREE here!)

May 18, 2021 – The Bonds of War:  Historian Diana Dretske discusses “The Bonds of War”—the esprit de corps between men from the same Illinois hometown with similar but dissimilar immigrant experiences in the newest ECW Podcast episode. (Listen FREE here!)

April 24, 2021 – Unlike Anything that Ever Floated: Dwight Hughes shares about the Battle of Hampton Roads, the development and technology of the ironclads, and his new book in the ECW Series. (Listen FREE here!)

April 07, 2021 – Greg Mertz Looks Back: Historian Greg Mertz talks Shiloh, Gettysburg, Fredericksburg-Spotsylvania, and more as he looks back, on the eve of his retirement, on more than three and a half decades with the National Park Service. Greg is the author of the ECWS book “Attack at Daylight and Whip Them: The Battle of Shiloh.” Greg is the 2018 recipient of ECW’s Brig. Gen. Thomas Greely Stevenson Award, given to “an individual or organization in recognition of outstanding service to ECW.” During his time as supervisory historian at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, Greg mentored more than a dozen ECW historians during their times at the park. (Listen FREE here!)

March 09, 2021 – A Thousand May Fall: Brian Matthew Jordan looks at a regiment both typical and unique to explore life, death, and survival in the Union Army—the 107th Ohio—in his new book, A Thousand May Fall. (Listen FREE here!)

March 03, 2021 – An Interview with Melissa Winn: To kick off Women’s History Month, we took some time to do a podcast interview with Melissa Winn, the director of photography for HistoryNet. Melissa is the one in charge of all the great photos you see in Civil War Times and America’s Civil War, although she also oversees a photography department and works with three photo editors who produce images for nine different history magazines. (Listen FREE here!)

February 16, 2021 – Mapping the Western Theater: Learn about mapping the battlefields of the Civil War’s western theater with cartographer Steve Stanley, historian Kris White, and the American Battlefield Trust! (Listen FREE here!)

February 09, 2021 – Andrew Johnson’s Impeachment: In November 2019, historian Emma Murphy from the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site discussed the first presidential impeachment trial with Chris Mackowski. Since the podcast recording, Emma Murphy has since transferred to Vicksburg National Park, but her research, historical details, and perspective on Andrew Johnson and impeachment are relevant and helpful. (Listen FREE here!)

February 02, 2021 – Richmond: The Embattled Capitol: Visit the Confederacy’s “Embattled Capital” with authors Bert Dunkerly and Doug Crenshaw as they talk about their new guidebook to Richmond in the Civil War. (Listen FREE here!)

January 21, 2021 – Johnston & Johnston in the Western Theater:  Albert Sidney Johnston and Joseph E. Johnston were both sent to command the Confederacy’s western theater. ECW historians Greg Mertz, Angela Riotto, and Kris White join host Chris Mackowski to talk about the very different circumstances the Johnstons faced. (Listen FREE here!)

January 08, 2021 – What We’ve Learned Since the Sesquicentennial: In a chat recorded in December 2020, Chris Mackowski, Cecily Nelson Zander, Kevin Pawlak, and Sarah Kay Bierle discussed reflections on the last ten year in personal exploration of history and changes in the history field.(Listen FREE here!)

December 18, 2020 – Preservation at Stones River Battlefield: A major preservation acquisition at Stones River has filled in a huge chunk of the battlefield. With the anniversary of the battle coming up, Chris Mackowski talks with ECW historians Chris Kolakowski, Bert Dunkerly, and Caroline Davis about Stones River. (Listen FREE here!)

December 18, 2020 – New Preservation: Gaines’s Mill and Cold Harbor:One of the most crucial pieces of unpreserved battlefield property is about to be saved. ECW’s Chris Mackowski talks with Garry Adelman of the American Battlefield Trust and ECW historians Bert Dunkerly and Doug Crenshaw about the intersection of Gaines’s Mill and Cold Harbor. (Listen FREE here!)

December 18, 2020 – News from Adams County Historical Society: The Adams County Historical Society in Gettysburg is preparing to build a new Exhibit, Research, and Education Center. Executive Director Andrew Dalton talks with ECW’s Chris Mackowski to talk about the project. (Listen FREE here!)

December 11, 2020  – Gettysburg, Civil War Gifts, and More!: In this special edition of the Emerging Civil War podcast, we get Civil War history from the Gettysburg Campaign AND Civil War holiday gift ideas—from the Civil War & More bookshop. (Listen FREE here!)

December 01, 2020 – Impulse of Victory: Dave Powell talks about Ulysses S. Grant’s “impulse of victory” at Chattanooga—Dave’s newest book, now available from Southern Illinois University Press. (Listen FREE here!)

October 29, 2020 – Imagining Wild Bill: We know Wild Bill Hickok best as a figure from the Old West, but Paul Ashdown and Ed Caudill talk with Chris Mackowski about Wild Bill in the Civil War, popular media, myth, and memory, too. (Listen FREE here!)

October 15, 2020 – Union Veterans & The Post-War Shenandoah Valley: How did northern Civil War veterans impact the Shenandoah Valley AFTER the war? ECW’s Chris Mackowski talks with Jonathan Noyalas, Jay Richardson, and Nikki Roland of Shenandoah University about their surprising research. (Listen FREE here!)

October 06, 2020 – “Radical Warrior”: Emerging Civil War’s David Dixon talks about his new Augustus Willich biography. (Listen FREE here!)

September 29, 2020 – Phill’s Vacation in the Western Theater: Join Phill Greenwalt as he recounts a recent trip through the battlefields of the Western Theater. (Listen FREE here!)

September 24, 2020 – An Interview with Harold Holzer: Harold Holzer discusses his new book, “The Presidents Vs. The Press,” with ECW’s Chris Mackowski. (Listen FREE here!)

September 14, 2020 – Antietam: Into the Cornfield: Just in time to get ready for the battle anniversary…ECW gets into the weeds—and the cornstalks—talking about the battle of Antietam with Kevin Pawlak, Dan Vermilya, Kris White, and Chris Mackowski. (Listen FREE here!)

August 31, 2020 – An Interview with Gary Gallagher: Gary Gallagher has been one of the leading voices in the Civil war community for decades. He spends some time talking with ECW’s Chris Mackowski about his work, his career, and his new book, “The Enduring Civil War.” (Listen FREE here!)

August 30, 2020 – An Interview With Dave Ruth about Richmond Battlefields: ECW honored former Richmond National Battlefield Superintendent Dave Ruth with its 2020 Service in Civil war Public History Award. Chris Mackowski chats with Dave about his work building a battlefield park around the capital of the Confederacy. (Listen FREE here!)

July 07, 2020 – Civil War Magazine Publishers – Heading Back to Work!: Civil War Times and America’s Civil War magazines both temporarily suspended operations at the start of the pandemic. Now they’re on their way back! ECW’s Chris Mackowski talks with editors Dana Shoaf and Chris Howland about their return. (Listen FREE here!)

June 24, 2020 – Elmira: Andersonville of the North: The Union prison camp in Elmira, New York, was called “the Andersonville of the North.” Derek Maxfield, author of a new ECWS book on the prison, “Hellmira,” talks about the camp with Chris Mackowski (Listen FREE here!)

June 10, 2020 – Curt Fields: Portraying General Grant: As a living historian Curt Fields portrays Ulysses S. Grant. Get inside Grant’s mind, and learn some surprising insights. (Listen FREE here!)

June 02, 2020 – “The War Went On”: For Civil War veterans, the war didn’t end just because everyone went home. Chris Mackowski talk with historians Brian Matthew Jordan and Evan Rothera about their new book, The War Went On: Reconsidering the Lives of Civil War Veterans(Listen FREE here!)

May 28, 2020 – The Army of the Potomac’s Politics: A Conversation with Zachery A. Fry: Chris Mackowski chats with Zachery A. Fry about the Army of the Potomac and the political allegiances of the soldiers within its ranks. (Listen FREE here!)

May 15, 2020 – Ending the War: We’re talking about where and how the Civil War ended in this FREE podcast. Be sure to check out the resources attached to the post, as they’re the visuals mentioned in this recording. (Listen FREE here!)

May 08, 2020 – Jackson’s Wounding: Chris Mackowski, Rob Orrison, and Kris White talk about Stonewall Jackson’s accidental wounding at the hands of his own men during the battle of Chancellorsville (Listen FREE here!)

February 26, 2020 – Ulysses S. Grant: In Memoir & Memory: Chris Mackowski and Nick Sacco from Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site had an enlightening conversation about a certain Union general and how he wrote his memories and then has been remembered. (Available exclusively to NCO supporters)

February 13, 2020 – A Conversation About the Civil War & Pop CultureECW has been celebrating the Civil War in books, movies, TV shows, and songs. Join Chris Mackowski, Sarah Kay Bierle, and Terry Rensel as they extend the conversation from our newest book and our blog to our podcast. (Available to Enlisted and NCO supporters)

January 21, 2020 – Chickamauga: Confederate LeadershipDave Powell returns to share about Confederate leadership triumph and challenges in one of the great battles in the western theater. Additional Resources. (Available exclusively to NCO supporters)

January 07, 2020 – Chickamauga: Federal Leadership: Dave Powell shares his insight on Federal leadership during the Battle of Chickamauga. A respected-researcher and prolific author on this battle, this episode is one you won’t want to miss. Additional Resources. (Available to Enlisted and NCO supporters)

December 17, 2019 – Let’s Talk History Books: Books are a huge part of the culture in the Civil War community. So let’s talk books, this  week, on the Emerging Civil War podcast. Ted Savas and Sarah Keeney from Savas Beatie join Chris Mackowski to discuss favorite volumes and publishing. Additional Resources. (Available exclusively to NCO supporters)

December 04, 2019 – Aftermath of BattleMeg Groeling makes her debut on the Emerging Civil War podcast, starting with her research that formed the base for her first book. “After the battle, what did they do with all the bodies?”—a common question from battlefield visitors, and one Meg Groeling answers in here ECWS book The Aftermath of Battle. We’ll talk to her about it this week on the Emerging Civil War podcast. Additional Resources. (Available to Enlisted and NCO supporters)

November 19, 2019 – Andrew Johnson’s Impeachment: What can we learn about impeachment from President Andrew Johnson? This week on the Emerging Civil War Podcast, Chris Mackowski talks with historian Emma Murphy from the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site. Additional Resources. (Available exclusively to NCO supporters)

November 07, 2019 – McClellan’s Last Days in Command: Union General George McClellan is a controversial figure in Civil War history, and November 5 marked the anniversary of his final removal from command in 1862. He’s been the source of history jokes ever since, but more recently has been getting a leadership re-evaluation. In the newest (and awaited) episode of the Emerging Civil War Podcast, Kevin Pawlak and Chris Mackowski talk about McClellan’s last weeks in command. They also tackle the question: Who was George McClellan’s toughest enemy? Robert E. Lee? Abraham Lincoln? Himself? Additional Resources. (Available to Enlisted and NCO supporters)

October 22, 2019 – A Conversation with Charlie Knight: Dan Welch talks with Charlie Knight about New Market, Little Billy Mahone, the Crater, and more. This recording was produced live from the Douglas MacArthur Memorial in Norfolk, Virginia, during the recent symposium event hosted there! Additional Resources. (Available exclusively to NCO supporters)

October 08, 2019 – A History Chat with Brian Steel Wills: Emerging Civil War’s Dan Welch goes on location to speak with historian and author Brian Steel Wills in the newest episode of the podcast! Catch the conversation and enjoy! Additional Resources. (Available to Enlisted and NCO supporters)

September 17, 2019 – Forgotten Battles: Following up on the Sixth Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge, ECW’s Chief Historian, Chris Kolakowski, and Editor-in-Chief, Chris Mackowski, offer their perspectives on “Forgotten Battles.” Additional Resources. (Available exclusively to NCO supporters)

September 03, 2019 – Rock Star Egos: In April 1862, Confederate command in Tennessee consisted of a constellation of stars—and Braxton Bragg. Chris Mackowski and Chris Kolakowski discuss the rock stars and the odd man out in our newest podcast! Additional Resources. (Available to Enlisted and NCO supporters)

August 20, 2019 – General Douglas MacArthur: Ties to the Civil War: General Douglas MacArthur referred to himself as the “reunification of Blue & Gray personified.” This week, ECW’s Polish brothers, Chris Mackowski and Chris Kolakowski, talk about MacArthur’s many Civil War connections and influences. Additional Resources. (Listen FREE here!)

August 06, 2019 – Rudely Stamp’dIt’s been called “the friendship that saved the Union.” And ECW’s Derek Maxfield and partner Tracy Ford are exploring that relationship in a new way. Chris Mackowski and Dan Welch talk with Derek and Tracy about Grant and Sherman. Don’t miss this leadership conversation and new evaluation of a often-told story from Civil War history! Additional Resources. (Available to Enlisted and NCO supporters)

July 23, 2019 – A Chat with Robert Lee Hodge Since appearing in “Confederates in the Attic,” Rob Hodge has become one of the most familiar faces in the Civil War Community. He joins Chris Mackowski for a fun and insightful chat. Additional Resources. (Available exclusively to NCO supporters)

July 09, 2019 – Civil War Round Table Congress: Just what is the Civil War Roundtable Congress, and how can it help Civil War groups? ECW’s Chris Mackowski talks with the Congress’s organizer, Mike Movius, to find out more. Additional Resources. (Listen FREE here!)

July 02, 2019 – Favorite Sites at Gettysburg: Emerging Civil War’s Dan Welch is back in Gettysburg for the summer. He and podcast co-host Chris Mackowski talk about some of Dan’s favorite places to visit on the battlefield. We’re sure this episode will get your ready for a visit to the battlefield or bring back memories of exploration adventures. Let us know in a comment if you’re in Gettysburg this week or planning a trip later in the year! Additional Resources. (Available to Enlisted and NCO supporters)

June 18, 2019 – The Atlanta Campaign: Chris Mackowski and Steve Davis–author of a number of works on the campaign–talk a bit about leadership, strategy, and some great stories from Georgia. Additional Resources. (Available exclusively to NCO supporters)

June 04, 2019 – Making Civil War Maps: Ever wonder how maps are researched and created for history books? Chris Mackowski and Edward Alexander discuss this topic. Additional Resources. (Available to Enlisted and NCO supporters)

May 21, 2019 – High Tide of the Confederacy, Part 2: Exactly why was it “all downhill for the Confederacy” after Chancellorsville? Chris Mackowski and Kris White continue their conversation about the high tide of the Confederacy. (Available exclusively to NCO supporters)

May 07, 2019 – Call out the Cadets: Chris Mackowski and Dan Welch get ready to “Call Out the Cadets” from the Virginia Military Institute with Sarah Kay Bierle. They’ll discuss her new book for the Emerging Civil War Series and the history of the battle of New Market. John C. Breckinridge, Franz Sigel, the Cadets from VMI, the civilians in New Market, campaign march, and the battle in the rain feature in this episode. Sarah also shares a little about her inspiration for the new book and how she made her decision to write about New Market. Additional Resources. (Available to Enlisted and NCO supporters)

April 16, 2019 – High Tide of the Confederacy, Part 1: Chris Mackowski and Kris White start a two-part conversation about the high tide of the Confederacy on the Emerging Civil War Podcast! What made Chancellorsville such a high-point for the Army of Northern Virginia and the Confederacy? What really happened in the tangled brush of the Wilderness? Additional Resources. (Available exclusively to NCO supporters)

April 02, 2019 – Ancestor Research: Interested in researching your Civil War ancestor? As Dan Welch explains, there are plenty of resources available to get you started. You’ll find a discussion about ways to find ancestors, trace family history, and explore the surrounding history with some practical tips that you can try this week! Additional Resources. (Available to Enlisted and NCO supporters)

March 19, 2019 – The Forgotten Fall, Part 2: Kris White and Chris Mackowski pick up their conversation from last month about the fall of 1863, with a focus on Mine Run and “the Great Battle Never Fought.” Additional Resources. (Available exclusively to NCO supporters)

March 05, 2019 Celebrating Women’s History Month: Looking for some recommended sources or wondering why we’ve voted these diaries among the best from the Civil War homefronts? In the new podcast, Sarah Kay Bierle joins Chris Mackowski and Dan Welch to talk about some of the best sources to learn about women’s experiences in the Civil War. Additional Resources. (Available to Enlisted and NCO supporters)

February 19, 2019 – The Forgotten Fall, Part 1: This episode offers insight to the conflicts at Bristoe Station and Rappahannock Station as Chris Mackowski and Kris White begin their two part conversation about the action in the east after Gettysburg. Additional Resources. (Available exclusively to NCO supporters)

February 05, 2019 – Decisions at Chickamauga: Award-winning ECW Historian Dave Powell joins Chris Mackowski and Dan Welch for a conversation about Dave’s most recent book, “Decisions at Chickamauga,” a leadership study that’s part of the “Command Decisions in America’s Civil War” Series from the University of Tennessee Press. Additional Resources. (Available to Enlisted and NCO supporters)

January 22, 2019 – Talking About Primary Sources: Chris Mackowski and Kris White talk about the use of primary sources in research and writing. This is a must for anyone interested in learning more about how historians work behind the scenes. Plus, learn about some of their favorites! Additional Resources. (Available exclusively to NCO supporters)

January 08, 2019 – The Last Road & The New Co-Host: We’re welcoming a new co-host on the podcast and talking about one of the most studied campaigns of the Civil War. Join Chris Mackowski for a conversation with ECW’s Dan Welch, co-author of “The Last Road North: A Guide to the Gettysburg Campaign” and a new co-host of the Emerging Civil War podcast. Additional Resources. (Available to Enlisted and NCO supporters)

December 18, 2018 – Forgotten? The Tullahoma Campaign: While everyone remembers Gettysburg and Vicksburg, a lot of people forget Tullahoma, which took place at the same time as the other major Union victories. ECW’s two Polish Chrises–Kolakowski and Mackowski–talk about the forgotten campaign. Additional Resources. (Available exclusively to NCO supporters)

December 04, 2018 – Levi Bowen & The 7th Pennsylvania Reserves: The Civil War gets personal for ECW’s Dan Davis in this week’s podcast as he joins Chris Mackowski to talk about a family ancestor, Levi Bowen of the 7th PA Reserves. Additional Resources. (Available to Enlisted and NCO supporters)

November 20, 2018 –Don’t Give An Inch“: Explore some of the most iconic landscapes of the Civil War: Little Round Top, Devil’s Den, the Wheatfield, the Peach Orchard, and more. Kris White and Dan Davis join Chris Mackowski to talk about Gettysburg, July 2. Additional Resources. (Available exclusively to NCO supporters)

November 06, 2018 – Gettysburg Civilians: One of the things that made the battle of Gettysburg so compelling is that it not only saw an incredible clash of armies, but that an entire town was caught in between. Sarah Kay Bierle joins Chris Mackowski to talk about the civilian experience during the battle of Gettysburg. Additional Resources. (Available to Enlisted and NCO supporters)

October 16, 2018 – Civil War Publishing: Are you ready to go behind the scenes of Civil War writing and publishing? Kris White joins Chris Mackowski in a special interview with publisher Ted Savas, to talk about writing the Civil War. Additional Resources. (Available exclusively to NCO supporters)

October 12, 2018 – Civil War Music: In this episode, the Emerging Civil War Podcast isn’t just whistling Dixie—we’re looking at all sorts of Civil War music. Join Chris Mackowski, Dan Davis, and Dan Welch for a discussion about the songs that stir our Civil War souls. Additional Resources. (Available to Enlisted and NCO supporters)

September 18, 2018 – Reaping the Whirlwind at Bennett Place: It’s taking a closer look at the 1865 events at Bennett Place, the site of the Confederate surrender in North Carolina in a Civil War discussion with Eric Wittenberg and Chris Mackowski. (Available exclusively to NCO supporters)

September 04, 2018 – Florida in the Civil War: It’s all about Florida and the Civil War in a discussion with Phill Greenwalt and Chris Mackowski. Phill has been working in Florida for the past few years and he’s found a lot of Civil War history in the Sunshine State. (Available to Enlisted and NCO supporters)

August 2018 – Jackson vs. Longstreet: Stonewall Jackson and James Longstreet served as the yin and yang of Robert E. Lee’s way of war. Did Lee have a favorite? Join ECW’s Chris Mackowski and Kris White for a discussion sure to stir strong feelings: Stonewall Jacksons vs. James Longstreet. (Available exclusively to NCO supporters)

August 2018 – George Armstrong Custer: Fewer American soldiers have become as well-known as George Armstrong Custer. But there’s more to Custer than his ignoble end at the Little Big Horn.  ECW’s Dan Davis, who’s working on an ECW book about Custer, joins Chris Mackowski to explore Custer’s impressive Civil War career. (Available to Enlisted and NCO supporters)

August 2018 – East vs. West: Why does the Western Theater of the war get so overlooked in favor of the East? ECW’s two Polish Chrises—Chris Mackowski and Chris Kolakowski—talk about East versus West. Where was the Civil War really won? (Available to Enlisted and NCO supporters)