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Getting "Friend-Zoned" in the Civil War

At some point in a dwindling romantic relationship, most people hear or say something along the lines of: it’s not working out, but we can still be friends. 1,481 more words


Postscript to the Charlie Gould Story

By most accounts, Captain Charles Gilbert Gould was the first VI Corps soldier to reach the Confederate earthworks on the morning of April 2, 1865. His desperate encounter in hand-to-hand combat with Brig. 572 more words

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Symposium Takeaway: Meg Thompson

There are many reasons to travel 3,000 miles, including being part of the Emerging Civil War’s Second Symposium. It is wonderful to put faces to names, and to see friends I have not seen for a year. 408 more words

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The Man Behind the Last Confederate Flag – Captain Arthur L. Rogers

With all the focus lately on the flags of the Confederacy, I thought I would share the story of the man who designed the last Confederate flag. 847 more words

Battlefields & Historic Places

“He fell at his post…” The Death and Remembrance of Cumberland George Orrison

Sometimes working in the history field you come across a story that personalizes your view of the past. One of the moments of childhood I can remember clearly was when I read a roster of the 43rd Virginia Battalion of cavalry (Mosby’s Rangers) and found an “Orrison” listed. 1,275 more words

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"A Mosquito Fighting an Elephant": A Carolinian's Recollection of the Breakthrough

I found it challenging while writing Dawn of Victory to not slant my narrative too largely toward the Federals. This was largely the result of a paucity in material from the southern perspective. 2,652 more words


"Securing a Likeness": Union Soldiers Visit the Photographer's Studio

Emerging Civil War is pleased to welcome back guest poster James Brookes

Many northern volunteers had a portrait taken upon their enlistment. Several post-war memoirs exist in which Union veterans recall a visit to the photographer as a significant moment in their transition from civilian to citizen-soldier. 2,126 more words

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