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.…

Brigantine Amiable Lucy v. The United States

The citation for this case is 10 US [6 Cranch] 330. This is an 1810 case pertaining to a slave ship that had been captured and condemned as a prize. The Lucy had been captured bringing slaves from the West Indies to the US, bringing them into the Louisiana Territory, landing at the port of […]

Pennsylvania Attorney General Confirms Papenfuse Was Wrong

Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse called the National Civil War Museum a “monument to corruption.” According to the office of Pennsylvania’s Attorney General, that statement was a falsehood. The Attorney General’s office confirmed the museum’s artifacts are not part of the investigation into former Mayor Stephen Reed’s activities. Chuck Ardo, spokesman for the Attorney General’s Office, […]

Harrisburg’s Mayor Continues His Vendetta Against History Education

In light of information that shutting down the National Civil war Museum would not be so easy, and might even cost Harrisburg taxpayers a lot more money, to the tune of a possible $16.2 million, Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse is doubling down on his effort to close the museum and keep Pennsylvania school children out […]