Monthly Archives: October 2012

The Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation

The Emancipation Proclamation is a much misunderstood document.  For starters, there were two Emancipation Proclamations.  The first, the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, was issued on September 22, 1862.  It had its own purpose, which was to warn the confederates that unless they laid down their arms and accepted the Union their slaves would be freed.  The […]

Clown College

Just when you think the neoconfederates couldn’t get any sillier, this pops up [hat tip to Andy Hall for finding it]. The so-called confederate war college would be much funnier if the people behind it weren’t serious.  Or are they? [or should I say the person behind it, and is he, since only one article […]

Stalag Confederacy

Neoconfederates like to claim that the confederates seceded to avoid a strong central government.  They like to point to Abraham Lincoln as a great centralizer of government, yet anyone familiar with the work of Emory Thomas knows that this view is nothing more than complete baloney.  This article draws on Thomas’ work and draws attention to […]

Dedication Day 2012

Dedication Day commemorates the day Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863, at the dedication of the National Cemetery at Gettysburg.  Each year there is a guest speaker.  Last year it was Stephen Lang, the actor who has portrayed both George Pickett and Stonewall Jackson, and the year before it was Sam Donaldson.  […]

An Update on Spielberg’s Lincoln

Here is a terrific article from Smithsonian.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

The Lincoln Forum

One of the benefits of living where I live is the proximity to Gettysburg and the opportunity to attend various events in Gettysburg.  One of these is the annual Lincoln Forum Symposium.  I really enjoy it, and this year will be my third year attending.  Here’s the schedule for this year’s symposium.  Along with the regulars, Professor […]

More on the Hood Papers

Civil War News has a couple of stories regarding the cache of Hood papers recently found.  See here and here. Sam, if you’re still here, I’m still skeptical, but open-minded.  You’re really promising a lot with the papers.  Maybe they’ll live up to the promise, but I’ve seen a few things that didn’t in the […]