ECW Pop-Up Tour: Hartsuff’s Brigade at Antietam

George Hartsuff

Get ready! Sunday, July 22, 2018, is the date for an ECW Pop-Up Tour at Antietam. Register and grab some water and walking shoes and come join Kevin Pawlak and Dan Welch for a special tour.

What: A caravan tour focusing on the actions of George Hartusff’s Union brigade in the Battle of Antietam. After walking through the brigade’s actions on September 17, 1862, participants will also visit the site of one of Antietam’s largest hospitals as well as Antietam National Cemetery, the final resting place of some of the members of Hartsuff’s brigade.

Where: The tour will begin at the New York State Monument located adjacent to the Antietam National Battlefield Visitor Center and end at Antietam National Cemetery.

Who: Joseph Hooker’s 1st Army Corps opened the fighting for the Army of the Potomac at the Battle of Antietam. During its one-and-one-half hour fight through and around a 24-acre cornfield, none of its brigades suffered more casualties than that of George Hartsuff. This brigade–comprising Pennsylvanians, New Yorkers, and Massachusetts men–held its position around the cornfield for only a brief time before being compelled to fall back. Explore one piece of the fighting in the cornfield through the eyes of this brigade that experienced some of Antietam’s most vicious minutes.

When: 9:00 am to 12:30 pm, Sunday, July 22, 2018

How: It’s $20 for this special tour. You can register below and pay securely with PayPal which accepts all major credit cards.

ECW Pop-Up Tour: Hartsuff at Antietam

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ECW Weekender: Camels at Vicksburg National Military Park!

Come on out and join the Texas Camel Corps on July 21, 2018! This special event is being held at Vicksburg National Military Park once again, highlighting a unique aspect of the western theater of the Civil War: camels!

Confederate President Jefferson Davis had – first as a United States senator, then as Secretary of War – advocated for the usage of camels as pack animals in the southwestern territories before the Civil War. United States Naval Lieutenant David Dixon Porter was ordered to the Mediterranean Sea as part of the procurement and transportation of these experimental animals. Even Robert E. Lee, as the command of the Department of Texas prior to the war, had been involved in ordering reconnaissance by camels against Apache tribes.

Finding his way to Mississippi, “Old Douglas” was a gift to Colonel William M. Moore of the 43rd Mississippi Infantry. Used to carry the regimental bands instruments and baggage, Douglas the camel was also know to spook horses otherwise not used to seeing such animals. Just prior to the Second Battle of Corinth, Mississippi, “Old Douglas” caused a stampede with quickly escalated into a full on panic with the brigade near Iuka. All of these stories and other fascinating history will be shared at this upcoming event!

Camels at Vicksburg (Photo from VNMP Facebook Event Page)

This wonderful opportunity will be available as a free program on July 21, 2018, at 10AM and 2PM located at the old superintendent’s quarters within the park boundaries. Visitors looking for directional information can stop inside the park’s visitor center for details and procure a park brochure with map. Normal entrance fees apply at $20 per vehicle (valid for 7 days). Vicksburg National Military Park gates open at 8:00AM and close at 5:00PM CST.

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Vicksburg National Military Park

July-August 2018 Presentations


12-15th: Chris Mackowski, Civil War Trust Teachers Institute, Valley Forge, PA

16th: Chris Kolakowski, “Stones River,” Charlottesville CWRT

19th: Chris Mackowski, “Grant’s Last Battle,” Powhatan Civil War Roundtable, Pawhatan, VA


3-5th: The Fifth Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge: “Turning Points of the American Civil War.”

9th: Chris Kolakowski, “The Kentucky Campaign,” Bull Run CWRT, Manassas, VA

13th: Chris Mackowski, “A Season of Slaughter: Spotsylvania Court House,” Western NC Civil War Round Table, special meeting in Franklin, NC

14th: Sarah Kay Bierle, presentation topic TBD, Colony Cousins Genealogy Groups, Murrieta, CA

17th & 18th: Chris Mackowski, keynote, Civil War Roundtable Congress, National Civil War Museum, Harrisburg, PA

26th: Chris Mackowski, “Grant’s Next Chapter,” Grant Cottage State Historic Site, Mt. McGregor, Wilton, NY

2018 Symposium Schedule Released

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve released the schedule for Emerging Civil War’s 5th Annual Symposium! Keep in mind it’s a tentative schedule – subject to minor changes – but here’s the timing and the plan…

If you’re planning to attend, get your tickets soon. Seating is limited. More information on the Symposium Page.

Friday, August 3, 2018

4:00pm: Registration

5:00pm: Bert Dunkerly, Turning Points, An Overview 

6:00pm: Scott Hartwig (Keynote Speaker), Antietam and the Emancipation Proclamation

7:00pm: Historians Panel – Steve Phan, Paige Gibbons, Kevin Pawlak, Bert Dunkerly, Drew Gruber, Chris Mackowski (emcee)

8:00pm: Chris Mackowski, Closing Remarks                    

Saturday, August 4, 2018

8am:  Registration begins, coffee service

8:45am: Chris Mackowski, Welcome

9:00am: Gregory A. Mertz, Defeated Victory: Albert Sidney Johnston’s Death at Shiloh 

10:00am: James A. Morgan, Unintended Consequences: Ball’s Bluff and the Rise of the Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War

11:00am: Doug Crenshaw, The Rise of Lee: Richmond 1862

12:00: Lunch

1:30pm: Matthew Atkinson, Gettysburg vs. Vicksburg: What’s the Bigger Turning Point? 

2:30pm: Andrew Redd, The Election of 1864, The Point of No Return: Turning Points within the 1864 Presidential Election and the Doom of the Confederacy

3:30pm: Chris Kolakowski, Grant Takes Command

4:30pm: Edward Alexander, Grant Crosses the James

 5:30pm: Conclusion/Wrap Up

7:00pm: Evening Event at 1781 Brewery (more information at the Symposium)

Sunday, August 5, 2018

8:30am  Tour Begins – Jackson at Chancellorsville (led by Chris Mackowski)

June-July Presentations


2nd: Gazette665 Civil War History Conference 1863: Battling For Freedom, Temecula, CA

  • Daniel T. Davis – “First Command: George A. Custer in the Gettysburg Campaign”
  • Sarah Kay Bierle – “A City at War: Richmond’s 1863”

2nd & 3rd: Chris Mackowski, North Anna and Mine Run battlefield tours, Robert E. Lee Civil War Roundtable of Central New Jersey

15th: Chris Kolakowski, “MacArthur as Military Leader,” Kennesaw State University Dooley Leadership Series

21st: Daniel T. Davis, “The Battle of Yellow Tavern and the Death of Jeb Stuart”, Powhatan Civil War Roundtable, Powhatan, VA

30th: Todd Arrington, “Let Us Not Shrink Now: James Garfield, Civil Rights and the Legacy of the Civil War, Great Conversations at Gettysburg, Gettysburg National Military Park


12-15th: Chris Mackowski, Civil War Trust Teachers Institute, Valley Forge, PA

16th: Chris Kolakowski, “Stones River,” Charlottesville CWRT

19th: Chris Mackowski, “Grant’s Last Battle,” Powhatan Civil War Roundtable, Pawhatan, VA

Last Call – Registration Closing For Southern California Civil War Conference

On May 30, 2018, registration closes for Gazette665’s Civil War History Conference. If you’re thinking about attending this annual event, this is last call on the tickets.

Need some event details? The fast facts are below, and you can see this blog post for additional details.

  • Saturday, June 2, 2018
  • Temecula, California
  • 8:30am to 5pm
  • Catered lunch included with all registrations
  • Six speakers, four historical displays
  • $50 per person
  • More details on the event pages

Emerging Civil War editors Daniel T. Davis and Sarah Kay Bierle will be speaking at the 2018 event. (ECW member Meg Groeling has presented in previous years and will be attending as a guest this year. If you’re attending, be sure to say “hi” to her!) Bierle is also the conference coordinate for Gazette665’s events.

Don’t miss this ever-growing Civil War history event in Southern California! The Golden State might not have large battlefields, but there’s some amazing 1860’s history and lots of interest in the Civil War on the West Coast.