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New Website Announcement


To the Essential Civil War Curriculum User Community:

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new and improved website!

Our site is fast becoming a valuable source of current scholarship about the Civil War with improved search functionality and accessible, rich content.

We now offer over 200 peer-reviewed articles written by today’s foremost Civil War historians. Each article, which is easy to view and download has a précis for a quick overview of the content.

I invite you to search the topic of your choice. And, please forward our site to your contacts who might be interested.

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If you are an historian or author and would like to contribute, please submit a proposal to us by email. Our authors benefit from improved exposure of their published material to a wider audience through SEO to help obtain higher search rankings. Since each topic now has a unique URL, authors are able to embed links in a CV, email or classroom materials for direct access to the published topic.

We are looking for content, so please keep us in mind. Future improvements will include social media outreach and the introduction of a Civil War blog.

Please feel free to send your feedback and suggestions to help us continually improve.


JLD (Laurie) Woodruff

Executive Director and Editor

The Essential Civil War Curriculum

A Sesquicentennial Project of The Virginia Center for Civil War Studies at Virginia Tech


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New Website Detailed Improvements

New Website Launched. New Navigation. Easy Search. Responsive Design for Viewing on Any Device. All Topics with Their Own Unique URLs for Easy Access.

The newly designed website features essays, photographs and resource materials on the over 200 published topics, out of the 325 topics which will ultimately be published, representing the core body of knowledge about the Civil War. Written by today's foremost Civil War historians, essays on this site are presented in an easy-to-read format online or are downloadable as PDFs. Recommended reading lists, websites and other resources are provided.

Among the major changes are:

  • Essays and resources now appear on the topic page rather than in PDF documents and drop down menus (PDF documents are still available to download).
  • Topics can be found four different ways—Search, Browse Topics, Tagged Word Cloud, and Featured Topics.
  • When browsing topics, topics are displayed as playing cards each with a photograph or drawing illustrating the topic making it much clearer which are published and which are not and also what each topic is about.
  • The website search engine auto suggests topics as users type their search phrase.
  • Each topic now begins with a précis.
  • Each topic now has its own URL making it easier to share topics or embed them in emails, CVs, course materials etc.
  • Tagging of articles for the Word Cloud makes it easier for users to find all topics related to a particular subject.
  • Featured topics on the homepage show users topics of current interest.
  • Resources are fully listed on the Resources page rather than behind drop down menus.
  • Picture titles are now displayed and sources acknowledged.
  • Responsive design results in the webpage automatically adjusting to fit the size of users’ browser windows, whether on a computer monitor, smart phone, iPad or any other viewing device.
  • Various Search Engine Optimization features have been implemented to so that the Essential Civil War Curriculum website will be found earlier in Google searches.


Benefits for users include:

  • Content is immediately accessible, easier to read and the amount of valuable information in each topic is more obvious.
  • Finding topics of interest is much easier and quicker.
  • The précis for each topic give users a quick overview of the topic and helps them decide whether to read on.
  • Content can be viewed on any device.


Benefits to authors include:

  • Increased exposure of your published material to a much wider audience.
  • Topic URLs can be embedded in your CV, emails, classroom materials giving readers direct access to your published material.

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Our Cause: "Increasing interest in and knowledge of the American Civil War during and after the Sesquicentennial"



New Topics for March

Topics published in March 2017:

Christopher L. Kolakowski, The Battle of Mobile Bay
Garry E. Adelman, Gettysburg

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New Topics for December

Topics published in December 2016 2016:

Daniel F. O“Connell, The Lynchburg Campaign
J. Arthur Moore, Boys of the Civil War

New Topics for October

Topics published in October 2016:

Mary A. DeCredico, Richmond Capital of the Confederacy

New Topics for September 2016

Topics published in September 2016:

Kenneth J. Winkle, Washington: Capital of  the Union
Ben Parten, The Port Royal Experiment

New Topics for August 2016

Topics published in August 2016:

David B. Sachsman, The Civil War in Film
Chris Mackowski, Grant“s Memoirs
Jack H. Lepa, The Battle of Lookout Mountain
George A. McLean, Jr., A Railroad War

New Topics for July 2016

Topics published in July 2016:

Robert M. Dunkerly, The Carolinas Campaign
Timothy J. Orr, The 20th Maine Volunteers

New Topics for June 2016

Topics published in June 2016:

Clint Johnson, Reenacting
Michael R. Bradley, Nathan Bedford Forrest
Kathleen L. Gorman, The Ku Klux Klan
John V. Cimprich, Fort Pillow

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