The National Museum of African American History and the National Museum of the American Indian collaborated on a joint conference, “Mascots, Myths, Monuments, and Memory” held at the Oprah Winfrey Theater at the National Museum of African American History on March 3, 2018. The description for the Welcome Remarks reads, “The symposium, Mascots, Myths, Monuments, […]

This excellent book from John Hennessy is the best book on the Second Bull Run [Manassas] campaign in August of 1862. It’s deeply researched, well sourced, and engagingly written. It’s filled with terrific information, not just about the battle but about the participants as well. For example, we learn this about Union Major General John […]

This is a very useful book for students of history, though it’s designed for university undergraduates majoring in history. Even so, we students who have already been through college can find some good information in here. My copy is the first edition, and if I’m not mistaken it’s up to its third edition right now. […]

We have this story out of Michigan (see also here). A group of racist dirtbags surrounded Bay City Western High School in Auburn, Michigan, with pickup trucks flying confederate flags. I guess there’s a good reason for the stereotype. They are there because the week before an African-American student allegedly took down a confederate flag […]

Here’s Ranger Zach Siggins giving us a glimpse behind the scenes of what it’s like to be a Gettysburg National Military Park Ranger. You can access it from this webpage. It’s a short video, but it’s also an interesting look at the varied tasks our rangers perform in the course of their day.

Idiot politicians who happen to live in the South are at it again. Note, this is not all southern politicians, nor is idiocy limited to southern politicians. But this is about some idiots who happen to be southern politicians. In this story we hear about some idiot politicians in Tennessee who want to punish the […]

Students of the Civil War and Reconstruction eventually learn the historiography of the time period, and with that comes a familiarization with such scholars as Ulrich Bonnel Phillips [see also here and here] in slavery studies and William Archibald Dunning and his acolytes in Reconstruction studies [See the Dunning School]. We’ve previously discussed a little of this. […]