Next year [actually, less than six months from now] is the sesquicentennial of Robert E. Lee’s surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia to Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, Virginia. Here’s a panel discussion from the 2010 meeting of the Society of Civil War Historians covering the surrender.  The panelists were Joan […]

Today was the start of the 19th Annual Lincoln Forum Symposium in Gettysburg, PA.  You can see the full schedule here. Tonight after dinner, Harold Holzer spoke to us on “The President, the Press, and the Election of 1864.”  Contrasting with today’s pitifully low turnouts, Harold told us that in 1860 and in 1864, about […]

Here’s Peter Wallenstein, Professor of History at Virginia Tech, on how Congress tried to protect African-Americans after slavery was ended. http://www.c-span.org/video/?319092-4/discussion-congress-end-slavery From the video’s description:  “Virginia Tech history professor Peter Wallenstein talked about the reconvening of Congress following the Civil War and how it attempted to address the end of slavery. “ ‘Restoration’s Unfinished Business, […]

Here’s Glenn LaFantasie, the Richard Frockt Family Professor of History at Western Kentucky University, talking about Robert E. Lee’s actions at the beginning of the Civil War in light of the views of both George Washington and Lee’s father, Lighthorse Harry Lee. “It is, in fact, open to question whether Light-Horse Harry was as die-hard […]

This is author and playwright E. Warren Perry talking about the Battle of Cedar Creek.  I thought he did a pretty decent job, but a couple audience members flubbed some facts in the Q&A, which he failed to correct. http://www.c-span.org/video/?321498-1/discussion-battle-cedar-creek Here’s the description of the video:  “Warren Perry talked about the Battle of Cedar Creek, […]

This is a book by Chris Mackowski and Kristopher White about the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House.  It’s part of the Emerging Civil War series.  You can read about the series and access their blog here.  You can also “Like” them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. It’s a short book that can be read […]

Here’s an interview with historian Edward Baptist, professor of history at Cornell University and author of the acclaimed The Half Has Never Been Told:  Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism.  You can read the interview here. In discussing how slavery is whitewashed on several tours of plantations, Baptist says, “There’s a great study that […]

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