Monthly Archives: February 2016

U.S. Colored Troops in the Civil War

Here’s Professor Roger Davidson of Coppin State University in Baltimore, Maryland giving a lecture on Emancipation and the United States Colored Troops in the Civil War. This is really an excellent class. The video’s description reads, “History Professor Roger Davidson discusses Emancipation and U.S. Colored Troops during the Civil War. Professor Davidson explains how African Americans […]

Civil War Prisons

Here’s Professor Tim Orr of Old Dominion University in a class lecture on prisons and prison camps of the Civil War. It’s an excellent lecture. The video’s description reads, “Old Dominion University professor Timothy Orr teaches a course on the Civil War and Reconstruction. In this lecture, he used slides while he discussed how Union and […]

Colonels in War, Governors in Peace

Here’s Ranger Dan Vermilya delivering an excellent winter lecture at the Gettysburg National Military Park on Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and William Calvin Oates, two men whose regiments fought each other on July 2, 1863 at Gettysburg and after the war each became governors of their respective states: Chamberlain in Maine and Oates in Alabama. The […]

Sherman’s March Through the Carolinas

Here’s a discussion with James M. McPherson and John Marszalek moderated by Harold Holzer on William T. Sherman’s march through Georgia to the Sea and north through the Carolinas. It’s a pretty good discussion, though it could have used Anne Sarah Rubin as part of the discussion to add the most current scholarship.

Reconstruction: After the Civil War

This book by John Hope Franklin was published in 1961. While an older book, it stood the test of time and is still very useful. It’s well written, an easy read, yet still packed with information. He starts the story of Reconstruction during the war itself, when the Union captured New Orleans. “Since the firing […]

SCV Gets Permission to Display Symbol of Racial Hatred at Gettysburg

The Sons of Confederate Veterans received permission to hold their day of celebration for racist symbology at the Eternal Light Peace Memorial on Oak Hill at the Gettysburg National Military Park. See stories here and here. “Confederate flag day” will be on March 5. Park spokesperson Katie Lawhon made the announcement. “As custodians of land owned […]

Flagging Support

There are a few developments on the confederate flag front. The Sons of Confederate Veterans are planning a day for the symbol of racial oppression in Gettysburg. Gary Casteel, the sculptor responsible for the statue of James Longstreet on a carousel horse at the Gettysburg National Military Park, is a member of the group and […]

The Road From Appomattox Symposium

On Saturday, February 20, 2016 I attended the Road From Appomattox symposium held at the Library of Virginia in Richmond. The symposium was jointly sponsored by the American Civil War Museum and the John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History at the University of Virginia. It was great to see some friends again, and […]

Mayor Still Trying to Sabotage Museum

Recently, someone broke into the National Civil War Museum and stole three antique firearms. Mayor Papenfuse put out a statement claiming the weapons were fakes and that the city was defrauded. Is the mayor an expert on antique weapons? No. Does the mayor have any evidence for this claim? No. Papenfuse says, “I am troubled […]

The Civil War Battle Series: Gettysburg

Here’s Dr. Mark DePue giving a presentation at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum on the Battle of Gettysburg. It’s a pretty good presentation, though I think it would benefit from a review of the most current scholarship about the battle.