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Black Confederates

Today we are pleased to welcome back guest author Sam Smith

The Civil War was a fiery prism at the center of American society. Every life entered the prism at its own angle and was refracted in its own way. 965 more words


Why Study the American Civil War?

Recently, ECW Editor Chris Mackowski was chatting with Gettysburg College senior Bobby Novak, who’s getting ready to graduate later this month with an eye on grad school—“initially for my Masters but I want to go on and get my Ph.D.” Novak told him. 1,304 more words

Battlefields & Historic Places

"England Girds Its Armour": John 'Bull' Doughty at the Breakthrough

John Balderson Doughty was born in 1842 in Frodingham, Lincolnshire, England, to Thomas and Elizabeth Doughty. When he was nine the family departed for New York on board the… 690 more words


Room, Officers', for the use of.

Sometimes I feel like a third wheel at Rev War events. There is not always a lot for women to do besides chores, and the public often ignore us. 259 more words

Living History

Surreal School

The School of Instruction is always interesting, and this year was no exception. One of my favorite activities is walking with the troops (well, behind). The experience is… 190 more words

Living History

Just You Wait

It can be hard when researching primary sources from the American Civil War to separate ourselves from the big-picture understanding that we have of the momentous struggle. 528 more words