Monthly Archives: April 2014

Analyzing Visitor Attendance to Civil War Sites During the Sesquicentennial

Originally posted on Exploring the Past:
Visitor use statistics for Fort Sumter National Monument. In yesterday’s post I raised questions about a Wall Street Journal article that deemed the United States Civil War Sesquicentennial a failure because of declining Civil War memorabilia sales and participation rates in Civil War battle reenactments (another article in The…

You Just Can’t Make This Stuff Up

Just how dumb are neoconfederates?  Apparently pretty dumb. I noticed this posting on “the Gift That Keeps On Giving” [aka, the Southern Heritage Preservation Group]: “Slave owners did not force anyone to fight in the south. Most southerners fought because the SOUTH WAS INVADED .” Slave owners certainly drove secession and forced the firing on […]

Confederate Weapons Manufacturing in Georgia

This is historian Jim Ogden of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park.  He’s discussing the confederate munitions manufacturing facilities in Central Georgia, including the weapons manufacturing in Macon and the powder works in Augusta, and how William T. Sherman’s operations in Georgia crippled the confederate war machine by destroying much of this capability.  This was delivered at […]

Confederate General Patrick Cleburne

This is historian Craig Symonds on the life of Patrick Cleburne.  Those who buy into the myth of thousands of black confederate soldiers should pay extra careful attention to the reactions of other confederate officers to Cleburne’s proposal to make soldiers of African-Americans.

General Joseph E. Johnston and the Atlanta Campaign

This is Richard M. McMurry giving a presentation on General Joseph Eggleston Johnston. He delivers the line that the Army of the Potomac was too strong to lose and too stupid to win in the East, while the Army of Northern Virginia was too weak to in and too smart to lose.  He hasn’t […]

Atlanta 1864: Last Chance for the Confederacy

This is a book by Richard M. McMurry discussing the 1864 Atlanta campaign.  At first I was a bit worried because he is so pathologically committed to the idea of the Western Theater being the most important theater of the Civil War that he completely discounts what happened in the East.  In his Preface he […]

Jubal Early and the 1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign

This was Jeffry Wert’s presentation at the 2014 Bridgewater College Civil War Institute, held on March 29, 2014 at Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, Virginia. On June 13, 1864 the II Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia headed west.  They would go to Lynchburg.  After chasing Hunter out of the Valley they would turn north.  […]

An Archaeological Look at the 1864 Valley Campaign

This was a presentation by Clarence Geier at the 2014 Civil War Institute at Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, Virginia, held on March 29, 2014.  Dr. Geier is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at James Madison University. He told us that the idea of historical archaeology is becoming more and more a part of what is done […]

Lincoln and the First Shot

This is, in my opinion, an essential book to read on the Fort Sumter crisis. Hat tip to Andy Hall. Book available to be read online:

Confederate Invincibility and the Campaigns of 1864

This was Jason Phillips’ presentation at the Bridgewater College Civil War Institute symposium on the 1864 Valley Campaign, held March 29, 2014 at Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, Virginia.  Jason is the Eberly Professor of Civil War at West Virginia University Studies. Jason told us that confederate soldiers in 1864 expected to win the war.  150 […]