Monthly Archives: July 2014

Why You Can’t Separate The Confederate Flag from its History

Here’s a blog post from Jarret Ruminski, Ph.D., on how the confederate battle flag can’t be separated from its racial history.

Justice Holmes and the Civil War

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. spent the Civil War as a member of the famed 20th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, the “Harvard Regiment.”  C-SPAN aired this panel discussion of the impact of the war on his life.

Two More Problems With Neoconfederates

This post was at TGTKOG.  It links to a story that is itself lacking in historical understanding regarding the creation and admission of West Virginia as a state in the Union. This points up the first of the two neoconfederate problems we’re considering here.  The lack of historical knowledge. Let’s look at the comments: As […]

The Gettysburg Cyclorama

When you visit Gettysburg, if you haven’t already done so I highly recommend the Cyclorama.  It’s a wonderful experience.  To give you a taste of it, here’s a video by Lynn Heller of the Gettysburg Civil War Round Table giving us some close-ups of various parts of the painting.  This is really neat.

Cemetery Hill: A Study in Terrain

This was a terrific battle walk conducted by Ranger Troy Harman.  Starting in the National Cemetery parking lot, he took us on a walk all around Cemetery Hill and talked about some of the measures the Union forces took to protect that vital terrain. Our first stop was along Long Lane to the west of […]

One Problem With Neoconfederates

… of many, of course. With apologies to The Gipper, famous for: One problem with neoconfederates is that so much of what they think they know is just hogwash.  Unlike President Reagan’s reference, though, neoconfederates are also ignorant, but let’s focus on the hogwash they think they know for now. Let’s look at this example […]

Andrew A. Humphreys’ Division on July 2, 1863

This is a battle walk with Ranger Karlton Smith.  Karlton is very knowledgeable and dedicated to giving us the full story of what happened to this division on July 2.

Shelby Foote, Hollywood, and History

Cinema is a powerful medium.  Objectively, we know we’re watching a movie, but what we see and hear can make us believe.  Movies, though, are made primarily for entertainment and not for information.  Movies are made by people who are experts at entertaining us, not by people who are experts in history.  In many cases […]

The Valley of Death at Gettysburg

This is part of the second day of the battle.  Tim Smith and Garry Adelman team up again for this battle walk.

Revisionist History

You’ve heard it before.  Perhaps you’ve even used the term.  “That’s revisionist history!” “Those people are revising history!” “S/He’s a revisionist!”  People who use that term talk like it’s a bad thing to revise history.  Is it? I think we need to start first with understanding what we’re talking about by “history.”  I like to […]