Monthly Archives: August 2012

James Oakes on the War of Northern Aggression

James Oakes has written an article in Jacobin Magazine that is creating some buzz.  I have to say I’m a bit disappointed.  The article is long on assertions and very, very short on evidence.  The first instance is in the very first paragraph.  Oakes says, “During the tense crisis months that followed – the ‘secession winter’ of […]

The Civil War Institute Does It Again

The Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College has a new conference coming up–3 days with over 100 historians in Gettysburg, PA.  I’m looking forward to this.  The conference concerns the future of Civil War History, looking beyond the Sesquicentennial.  I like the idea of looking ahead and trying to figure out what we’d like things […]

America’s Civil War

The latest issue of “America’s Civil War” showed up today.  This is a pretty good magazine that has evolved over the years. The features include news in the Civil War world, “Primary Sources,” which highlights … wait for it … a primary source each issue, with this entry dealing with the Holly Springs Raid.  “Her […]

More Digital History

Another tip of the hat to Caleb McDaniel for this site: http://digitalhistory.blogs.rice.edu/ It’s for a Rice University Humanities Research Center masterclass in Digital History. The internet can really be great.

Great for Students of the War

I came across some outstanding resources for us students of the war.  First, thanks to Caleb McDaniel, “How to Read for History”: http://wcm1.web.rice.edu/howtoread.html There are some fantastic links included, but especially take note of this one: http://www.bowdoin.edu/writing-guides/ While geared toward those who are students in school, these are also incredibly useful to those of us […]

Antietam Sesquicentennial Events

Anyone planning to attend? http://www.nps.gov/anti/planyourvisit/antietam-150th-battle-anniversary-schedule.htm

Antietam Newspaper Summary

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published a story today regarding the Battle of Antietam.  As newspaper stories go, it’s not a bad summary of the battle.  The website also has a video tour of the battlefield. http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/life/travel/remembering-antietam-the-civil-war-battle-150-years-ago-was-the-bloodiest-day-in-american-history-650513/ It includes a sidebar with directions for visiting the battlefield and talks about some upcoming events.  This is pretty close to […]