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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

Common Soldier

Afternoon in Cambridge

Cambridge. We’ve been there before to cause some mild lawn-based havoc and this year was much the same. We were on our own on the lower level, with just the six-plus-me of some abbreviated form of Soper’s company. 446 more words

Living History

In Combat

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Jim Taub


When you first begin seriously studying the Civil War, you quickly learn that… 894 more words

Battlefields & Historic Places

111th New York Monument

An infantryman from the 111th New York stands at dawn, waiting anxiously and gazing out across the open fields toward Seminary Ridge and the Confederate lines.


Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: The Eagle Hotel and Christ Lutheran Church

Part of a Series.

Contrary to popular belief, Old Dorm (also known as Schmucker Hall) at the Lutheran Theological Seminary was not Brigadier General John Buford’s headquarters on the night before the battle of Gettysburg. 493 more words

Battlefields & Historic Places

"Loyal Cows and Hens!"

One of the really delightful things about doing research is finding little nuggets of information that have been hidden for years. I found this, and thought I’d share it. 845 more words