Monthly Archives: December 2017

CWTR Interview: A More Civil War: How the Union Waged a Just War

Here’s an interview on Civil War Talk Radio between historian D. H. Dilbeck and historian/host Gerald Prokopowicz regarding Dr. Dilbeck’s book, A More Civil War: How the Union Waged a Just War. It’s a decent interview, but unfortunately Dr. Prokopowicz spent so much time on ancillary comments he didn’t have enough time to more fully explore […]

States’ Rights and the Union

This book by Forrest McDonald traces the history of the ideology of states’ rights from the Founding of the United States through Reconstruction. He starts by telling us, “Of all the problems that beset the United States of America during the century from the Declaration of Independence to the end of Reconstruction, the most pervasive […]

Robert E. Lee On Leadership

This is H. W. Crocker appearing on the old C-SPAN show, “Booknotes” talking about his book, Robert E. Lee on Leadership. The history he portrays is horrible. He has a huge amount of historical errors in this discussion. I considered not using this, but it does give me an opportunity to talk about the various “X […]

The Venice

The citation for this case is 69 US [2 Wall.] 258. On May 15, 1862, the US Navy ship USS Calhoun captured a schooner named The Venice on Lake Pontchartrain near New Orleans, Louisiana. The schooner had a cargo of cotton owned by David G. Cooke, a British subject who had lived in New Orleans […]

There Is No Moral Equivalence Between the Confederacy and the United States

In the reconciliation tradition, we have the story of William and James Terrill of Virginia. William Terrill was a brigadier general in the Union Army and was killed at the Battle of Perryville. His brother, James Terrill, commanded the 13th Virginia of the confederate army and was killed at the Battle of Bethesda Church in […]

Shelby Foote and the Romantic View of the Civil War

I’ve written before about Shelby Foote [see particularly here and here], and I haven’t changed my view. His three-volume narrative history of the war is a work of art, but we shouldn’t depend on it as a source. It’s useful to a beginner as an overview of the war, and it’s a pleasure to read. […]

Merry Christmas 2017

Merry Christmas to all who celebrate, and Happy Holidays. Thomas Nast gives us “Christmas in the Camp,” with Santa Claus giving presents to Union soldiers.