Monthly Archives: July 2015

World Ranger Day

Today, July 31, is World Ranger Day, a day set aside to honor park rangers around the world who were injured or killed in the line of duty. Please take a moment to reflect and appreciate folks like this guy: Roy Sullivan holds the Guinness World Record for number of times struck by lightning and […]

Aloha Friday, July 31, 2015

Aloha, friends. To get us into the Aloha Spirit, here’s some IZ: You pick the topic today. What should we talk about?

The Confederate Battle Flag

This is John Coski’s excellent book on the battle flag. I read it some years ago, and with recent events I thought it would be good to log a summary here on the blog. This book is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the issues surrounding the battle flag. Coski is an excellent historian […]

Museum Board Member Shows the Mayor Is Wrong

Mr. Gene Barr, a member of the National Civil War Museum’s Board of Directors, appeared on Radio Smart Talk, a local talk show on WITF, the Harrisburg public radio station. You can listen to the interview here. Mr. Barr told us the museum is now the #1 tourist attraction for Harrisburg. He also provided the […]

Racists Claim It’s Their Heritage

Out of Douglasville, Georgia we have a story of some redneck racists who are obviously overcompensating as they drive around in their pickup trucks festooned with confederate flags, riding past a black child’s birthday party making what appears to be obscene gestures and shouting racial epithets and threatening to “kill y’all [n-word]s.”  See story with […]

Civil War’s End and Aftermath

Here’s the discussion between Pete Carmichael and James M. McPherson at this year’s Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College Summer Conference. From the video’s description: “James McPherson spoke about his book, Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era, and the end of the Civil War. He also spoke about how the conflict was still relevant […]

Listening to John Hennessy

Originally posted on Crossroads:
John Hennessy is one of the jewels of the National Park Service. The chief historian of the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park combines the talents of a skilled military historian with an ability to reflect upon the broader issues of war and peace, slavery and emancipation, and history and memory.…