Monthly Archives: May 2013

Some Heritage Instead of History Clowns Hate US Soldiers

Over at The Gift That Keeps On Giving, one individual posted a link to this story.  He misread the story and made the claim that, “This time it is a Union Soldiers Monument banished from its place and out of sight because of Politically Correct Fascism.”  As we can see from reading the actual story, […]

Gettysburg: A Journey in Time

This was William A. Frassanito’s ground-breaking 1975 book examining the early photography of the Gettysburg Battlefield. If you haven’t read this book, it will open up a whole new field of historical investigation for you.  It’s the selected book for this year’s Civil War Institute Summer Conference, and I’m mighty glad of it. “Early photography” at […]

You Callin’ My Gramma a Liar?

I’m sure most, if not all, of you have seen this story.  A barber in Pembroke, VA, Clate Dolinger, says the three men in the iconic Matthew Brady photograph of three confederate prisoners on Seminary Ridge, were relatives of his. Mr. Dolinger claims, “The soldier on the right is Andrew Blevins, and he was my granddaddy’s  granddaddy.” and […]

Shelby Foote on the Confederate Battle Flag

During the 2000 debates on the display of the confederate battle flag by South Carolina, the PBS News Hour did a program on the controversy.  Appearing on the program was novelist Shelby Foote, whom many consider to be an eminent historian because he wrote a narrative of the war and appeared on the Ken Burns […]

Civil Wars Don’t Change

Here’s another case where two of my major interests collide. It’s fiction, but it feels real.  Bruce McGill’s character muses about the captain of the ship they’ve just destroyed.  He knew the captain, knew his wife, his children, and even his Abyssinian cat, Max.  Is something like that what went through A. P. Hill’s mind […]

Hard Times Befall the New Confederate Army’s El Supremo

Some levity for the beginning of your week.  Enjoy.   Hat tip to Rob Baker.

Lincoln and Habeas Corpus — Questions

I’m in the midst of preparing a post on Lincoln’s suspension of the privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus during the Civil War.  The incidents of suspension can be divided into two parts:  prior to the Habeas Corpus Act passed by Congress and signed into law by Abraham Lincoln in early 1863; and after the […]

Not All Secessions are Equal

Some may equate all secessions.  I don’t.

The Flagging / Tagging Controversy

For those of you who may have missed it, a fast-moving story out of the flaggers broke less than a week ago with this posting.  It was picked up eventually by Kevin Levin at his blog.  Brooks soon picked it up, as well as Rob Baker.  Brooks was able to contact the Richmond Police, who […]

The Third Year of the War Told By Those Who Lived It

I just finished this book, edited by Brooks Simpson.  It’s terrific.  It’s part of the Library of America series on the Civil War. The documents are expertly chosen.  They provide an excellent cross-section of American opinion, both Union and confederate from January, 1863 to March, 1864.  The editor places each document in its context, and […]