Monthly Archives: March 2016

Gettysburg Requiem

This book by Glenn W. LaFantasie covers the life of William Calvin Oates, who commanded the 15th Alabama Infantry at the Battle of Gettysburg and led the troops who fought against Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain’s 20th Maine Infantry on Little Round Top, July 2, 1863. The book is deeply researched and gives us a view […]

How do the myths about Sherman’s March line up with the historical realities?

Here’s a short interview between Katie Brackett Fialka of The Civil War Monitor and Professor Anne Sarah Rubin of the University of Maryland Baltimore County. It’s a really good use of nine minutes of your time.

Rebels and Redskins: US Military Conduct Toward White Southerners and Native Americans

Here’s Professor Mark Grimsley of the Ohio State University comparing US policy toward white southerners in the Civil War with US policy toward Native Americans after the Civil War. This is from the February 20, 2016 symposium on “The Road from Appomattox” held at the Library of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia. The video’s description reads, “Professor […]

Panel Discussion on the Civil War

Here’s a discussion with Mark Tooley, Joseph Wheelan, and Professor James I. Robertson, Jr. This was part of the 2016 Virginia Festival of the Book in Charlottesville, VA. The video’s description reads, “James Robertson, author of After the Civil War: The Heroes, Villains, Soldiers, and Civilians Who Changed America; Mark Tooley, author of The Peace […]

The House Divided Project’s Workshop on Reconstruction

The House Divided Project at Dickinson College hosted a one-day teacher’s workshop on Reconstruction. We started with a presentation from Matt Pinsker highlighting the capabilities of the House Divided Project’s website and ideas teachers can use in the classroom. Next was Greg Downs of the University of California Davis Campus. His presentation was based on […]

Reconstruction and the House Divided Project’s Anniversary

This is the Tenth Anniversary for Dickinson College’s House Divided Project. Last night, Professor Eric Foner of Columbia University delivered a wonderful lecture outlining Reconstruction for us. You can see that presentation here: Today, Jeffrey Rosen, CEO of the National Constitution Center, conversed with Professor Matt Pinsker, Director of the House Divided Project, on the […]

Manisha Sinha: “The Slave’s Cause: A History Of Abolition”

Professor Sinha was a guest on NPR’s “Diane Rehm Show” on Thursday, March 24, 2016. It was an excellent appearance. She made several wonderful points and dispelled a number of myths about abolitionists and the antislavery movement. You can listen and read a transcript here.

Spring Battlefield Foray – A Weekend of Special Hikes and Walks on April 23 & 24, 2016

Originally posted on The Blog of Gettysburg National Military Park:
On April 23-24, 2016, Gettysburg National Military Park will host their inaugural Spring Battlefield Foray, a special weekend of free hikes and walks that will focus on the organization, tools, and tactics utilized by the two armies that fought at Gettysburg. These hikes will bring together park rangers,…

Confederate Iconography Back in the News

The recent past gave us more confederate iconography news. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed legislation that would prevent local communities from removing confederate monuments erected prior to 1998. See story here and here. McAuliffe said the proposed bill was a “sweeping override of local authority.” According to McAuliffe, “There is a legitimate discussion going on in localities […]

The House Divided Project on Reconstruction

The House Divided Project is at Dickinson College and is a Civil War research engine for students. You can explore the website here. This week, they host Professor Eric Foner discussing “The Significance of Reconstruction in American History.” Historian Jeffrey Rosen will talk about “America’s Second Founding.” Finally, there will be a symposium for teachers […]