Monthly Archives: November 2012

Tweeting Prof. Robertson

Social media has many possibilities for us students of the war.  Here’s an example of one of them.  During Prof. Robertson’s speech at the Lincoln Forum Friday night I sent the following tweets.  They’re in reverse order, so the first one is at the bottom and the last one is at the top. Albert Mackey‏@AlbertMackey1 […]

Lincoln Forum Day Three

Today was the third and final day of the 2012 Lincoln Forum Symposium.  We started out today with John Marszalek speaking on Ulysses S. Grant and William T. Sherman.  It was a conventional summary of the two men, as one would expect.  He was followed by John C. Waugh speaking on Lincoln and McClellan.  Waugh […]

Lincoln Forum Day Two

Today we got into the meat of the program.  We started off with a presentation by Lincoln Forum Chairman Frank Williams, former Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court, on Lincoln’s suspension of the writ of Habeas Corpus.  He made the point that Lincoln believed he had the power to do so because that […]

Day One of the Lincoln Forum

A great performance by my former history professor, James I. Robertson, Jr.  Prof. Robertson compared the Centennial Celebration and its problems with the Sesquicentennial.  He had a front-row seat for the Centennial, being named the Executive Director of the Centennial Commission. He spoke about the several problems, including the first director and Retired Gen. Ulysses […]

2012 Lincoln Forum

I’m at the 2012 Lincoln Forum Symposium.  I’ve already visited one of the best parts: Prof. Robertson has arrived, and I’m looking forward to his talk tonight.

Spielberg’s Lincoln: My Review

I’m fresh from the special screening of “Lincoln” in Gettysburg set up for the Lincoln Forum.  Also present were representatives from the Civil War Institute, the Lincoln Fellowship of PA, the National Park Service, and the Lincoln Leadership Institute.  Steven Spielberg did not attend, as he was called to another special screening, along with Doris […]

There is No Right to Unilateral Secession

Even to this day we hear from neoconfederates the patently absurd assertion that there is a right of a state to unilaterally secede from the Union.  This is settled law.  There is no such right.  While the illegality of secession isn’t really a question most historians care much about, it’s something I’ve looked into.  I […]

Using Primary Sources

Here’s an excellent rundown of how to use primary sources.  This is a great resource for us students of the war. The internet really is fantastic.

Stupid Is As Stupid Does

Words of wisdom from Forrest Gump. It fits these guys to a T.  See this article also. At least they’re not trying to unilaterally secede, which is clearly an illegal action.  Maybe one day I’ll post on that in detail.  In this case, they are petitioning for the permission of the Obama administration, but the […]


Reconstruction is a subject many students of the war don’t understand and don’t seek to understand.  Most Civil War enthusiasts stop their study of the war at Appomattox where Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant, or at Bennett Place where Joseph E. Johnston surrendered to William T. Sherman.  But Reconstruction is an important […]