This book by Professor Elizabeth Varon of the University of Virginia is an excellent addition to the scholarship on the Civil War. It’s not a military history of the war, but rather more of a social history about the soldiers and civilians. Professor Varon does give small descriptions of the major military actions to place […]

Professor Kate Masur of Northwestern University posted this on Twitter on the “More History Day” held at National Parks across the country on September 26 of last year. As anyone with an IQ greater than their shoe size can see, she begins with a rhetorical question, “What is this Confederate [monument] doing here in a […]

In this talk from 2009, historian Gary Ecelbarger discusses how Abraham Lincoln secured the Republican nomination for president in May of 1860. The video’s description reads, “Gary Ecelbarger talked about his book, The Great Comeback: How Abraham Lincoln Beat the Odds to win the 1860 Republican Nomination. He explained how Lincoln bounced back from his 1858 […]

Here’s author Chris DeRose talking about his book, Congressman Lincoln about Lincoln’s single term in Congress. The video’s description reads, “Chris DeRose talked about his book, Congressman Lincoln: The Making of America’s Greatest President, in which he recounts Abraham Lincoln’s single term in Congress. Lincoln, a Whig Party representative from Illinois, arrived in Washington in 1847 with little […]

You can find this case at 100 US 158. This is a case out of Louisiana involving US Brigadier General Neal Dow. Justice Fields provides the facts of the case: “Neal Dow, was a brigadier general in the Army of the United States during the late civil war, and in 1862 and 1863 was stationed […]

Here’s a conversation between host Professor Gerald Prokopowicz and his guest, James Gindlesperger.

Once again there is news on the nationwide retreat of confederate heritage. We begin with this article, telling us, “at least 160 public Confederate symbols [were] taken down or moved from public spaces in 2020, according to a new count the Southern Poverty Law Center shared with The Associated Press ahead of releasing it. The […]

This is another in the Concise Lincoln Library series from Southern Illinois University Press. Professor John David Smith of the University of North Carolina-Charlotte wrote this excellent volume. He tells us, “By war’s end, the army had raised 178,975 enlisted men for the USCT. The War Department’s Bureau of Colored Troops organized the soldiers in […]

This is a discussion between Professor Deborah Willis, Professor John Stauffer, Professor Sarah Lewis, and Ilisa Barbash on photographs of enslaved women. The video’s description reads, “New York University Photography Chair Deborah Willis, Harvard University African American Studies Professor John Stauffer, and Harvard University African American Studies Professor Sarah Lewis discussed 15 photographs of slaves from South Carolina that were […]

Here’s a really good conversation between Professor Peter Carmichael, Dr. Ashley Luskey, and their guest, Professor Andrew Lang. The video’s description reads, “Dr. Andrew Lang (Mississippi State University) discusses his most recent book, ‘A Contest of Civilizations: Exposing the Crisis of American Exceptionalism in the Civil War Era.’ “