I found this essay by Professor Robert S. McElvaine about how the Right uses fake history. “It is often said that history is a story told by the winners. It might be more accurate to say that those who tell their story as history and get others to believe it thereby make themselves the winners. […]

This excellent book by Professor Caroline Janney looks at what happened to the men of the Army of Northern Virginia after Robert E. Lee surrendered it at Appomattox. Appomattox was not the end of the war experience for these men. Paroled, they then had to make their way to their homes. Those who were not […]

This week we start with this essay from Connor Williams, an advanced Ph.D. student at Yale University. “‘So,’ the man across the high-top cocktail table said, precise eye contact belying years of military bearing. ‘What’s your role in all this?’ Fishing my nametag from behind my tie, I replied with all the authority someone five weeks […]

This book by Dennis Frye is a look at Robert E. Lee’s Maryland campaign. That summer, Lincoln was dealing with the slavery issue. He was a proponent of emancipation followed by voluntary colonization, but financing it would be a challenge. “Relocation costs concerned the president, but even more troubling was the escalating price of the […]

In this video, Andrew Diemer discusses the life of William Still, based on his biography of Still. The video’s description reads, “Author Andrew Diemer discussed William Still, who dedicated his life to managing a critical section of the Underground Railroad in Philadelphia. This event was co-hosted by the Library Company of Philadelphia, the American Philosophical Society, […]

In this book, Ronald C. White looks at the so-called “fragments” in the Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. The new online edition of The Papers of Abraham Lincoln calls them “notes.” These were cases of Lincoln trying out phrasing and making notes to himself of what to include in speeches and writings. They show how […]

Here’s Professor Paul Quigley of Virginia Tech giving an excellent talk on the soldier experience of the Peninsula Campaign. The video’s description reads, “Virginia Center for Civil War Studies director Paul Quigley talked about the soldier experience during the 1862 Peninsula Campaign, a Union attempt to capture the Confederate capitol of Richmond. The Virginia Center for Civil […]

The National Park Service announced the schedule of their programs for the 160th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. Daily Ranger Guided Programs & Events (July 1 – 3, 2023) David Wills House Museum (Open 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday – Monday)Explore the home of David and Catherine Wills and visit the place where Abraham […]

This book by Professor Jill Ogline Titus of Gettysburg College looks at the 100th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg through the context of the Civil Rights movement, Cold War politics, and the struggle over the memory of the Civil War. “Gettysburg’s 100th anniversary enlisted both the battle and Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg Address in the […]

We begin this week with this article from James City, Virginia. “The mid-19th century James City County home of former William & Mary President and Confederate army Col. Benjamin Stoddert Ewell has been destroyed. Ewell Hall, owned by Williamsburg Memorial Park, was torn down last month ‘after we exhausted pretty much all opportunities to save […]

Here’s Professor Kidada Williams discussing her work on white supremacist terrorism during Reconstruction. The video’s description reads, “Wayne State University professor Kidada Williams talked about the daily existence of formerly enslaved people during Reconstruction. This program was hosted by the Ann Arbor Public Library in Michigan.” https://www.c-span.org/video/?525877-1/i-death-coming