Monthly Archives: November 2015

Guerrilla Warfare in the Civil War

Here’s Megan Kate Nelson in a lecture at Brown University on Guerrilla Warfare in the Civil War. She does a really good job except for her pronunciation of John S. Mosby’s last name. She pronounces the “o” as in “Moslem” when it should be pronounced as in “motel.” The video’s description reads, “Brown University professor […]

United States v. Rucker

The citation for this case is 27 Fed. Cas. 911, Case No. 16,203. This 1866 case was in the District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. The case involved Edmund Rucker, who had been arrested and charged with treason after the Civil War. He moved that the case be dismissed on the ground that […]

Life in the Confederate Army

This is a book by William Watson, a Scotsman living in the United States when the Civil War began and who enlisted in the confederate army. You can download and read it for free here or here. Born in Great Britain in approximately 1825, Watson retained his British citizenship while he lived in Baton Rouge, […]

Professor Edward Ayers Interviews SCV Chief of Heritage

This is a rebroadcast of an interview Professor Ed Ayers did in 2008 with Frank Earnest, who then was the SCV’s chief of heritage.  I was glad to hear Professor Ayers stop Mr. Earnest in mid-falsehood when he brought up the mythology of black confederate soldiers, although that didn’t stop Mr. Earnest from other false […]

United States v. One Thousand Seven Hundred and Fifty-six Shares

This is another confiscation case that is actually multiple cases. 27 Fed. Cas. 334, Case No. 15,960a, was in the District Court of the Southern District of New York on November 12, 1863, presided over by District Judge Samuel Rossiter Betts. Leroy M. Wiley, a resident of Alabama, owned 1,756 shares of the Great Western […]

About the American Civil War Museum

Here’s a podcast interview with Wait Rawls III, the Co-CEO of the American Civil War Museum talking about the museum and its collection. This is an excellent interview. You can access it here.

Contested Landscape

Here’s the latest episode of BackStory with the American History Guys. It’s about confederate symbology in the United States and is outstanding. The description reads, “On this episode of BackStory, we’re looking at how memories of the Confederacy have shaped the nation’s landscape, from the rebel flag to the silver screen. The Guys will hear what […]

Dedication Day 2015

Thursday, November 19, 2015 was the 152nd Anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. We commemorate the occasion of the address, the dedication of the National Cemetery, each year with a ceremony that includes a keynote speaker, a recitation of the address, and a naturalization ceremony for immigrants becoming United States citizens. This year, due to […]

Check Your Sources

A certain meme purported to be from the Fox News Facebook page is making its way around the internet. The vast majority of people seeing this believe it’s true. It’s not. Folks, if the serious study of history teaches us anything, it teaches us to check our sources. First, let’s take a look at that […]

Grant Memorial

Here’s Michele Cohen, the Curator for the Architect of the US Capitol, giving a presentation with some excellent photographs on the history and construction of the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial in Washington, DC. The description for the video reads, “Michele Cohen provided an overview of the Grant Memorial, including its site, the artist who created […]