Monthly Archives: April 2015

Is Honoring the Confederacy Like Honoring Nazi Germany?

Allen Clifton says yes.  Mr. Clifton, who is apparently a lifelong Texan, says the confederate flag “not a ‘symbol for Southern pride’ – it’s a symbol for hate, barbaric cruelty, racism, murder, oppression, abuse and shame.”  To him, “honoring the Confederacy is like honoring Nazi Germany.” He’s careful to say the two are not exactly […]

2010 Virginia Sesquicentennial Signature Conference

The 2010 conference was held at Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia, with the theme, “Race, Slavery, and the Civil War:  The Tough Stuff of American History and Memory.”  There were three sessions and you can see them here: Session One: “Historians discussed the experiences of both enslaved and free blacks during the Civil War. After […]

Reminiscences of the Civil War

This is John B. Gordon’s memoir of the Civil War.  You can download it to read for free here, here, and here. This is a very useful book for students of the war, but it has to be handled very, very carefully.  It’s very difficult to tell what is true and what isn’t true, and […]

DC Emancipation and 19th-Century Life

Here’s a panel discussion at the National Archives on life in the District of Columbia and the emancipation of its slaves. From the video’s description: “What was 19th-century life like for enslaved and free African Americans in Washington, DC? What was the impact of DC Emancipation in and around the city? A distinguished panel discusses […]

Their Last Full Measure: The Final Days of the Civil War

This is Joseph Wheelan monotonously reading a presentation about his book, Their Last Full Measure: The Final Days of the Civil War.  This was at the National Archives.  I give him a “D” grade for the presentation.  I also have problems with his content regarding William T. Sherman.  And please, when are we going to be […]


This is a book by Fannie A. Beers, who was a confederate nurse during the Civil War.  Born and raised in Connecticut, she married a southerner, Augustus Beers, in the 1850s and moved to New Orleans.  Her husband was a soldier in the 1st Louisiana Battalion and she volunteered at hospitals near where his unit […]

Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War

Here’s Brian Matthew Jordan at the National Archives giving a presentation based on his book, Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War. From the video’s description:  “Civil War historian Brian Matthew Jordan describes how veterans—left tending rotting wounds, battling alcoholism, and campaigning for paltry pensions—realized that they stood as unwelcome reminders to a new […]