Monthly Archives: November 2018

The Costs of the Confederacy

This story from Smithsonian Magazine exposes how confederate heritage is leaching off the American taxpayer. A woman who lies to children at Beauvoir, which was Jefferson Davis’ last home, says, “While there were some ‘hateful slave owners, it was good for the people that didn’t know how to take care of themselves, and they needed a […]

Dedication Day 2018

If you missed this year’s Dedication Day in Gettysburg, here’s the ceremony, including the keynote address from Dr. Janet Morgan Riggs, President of Gettysburg College, a recitation of the Gettysburg Address by George Buss portraying Abraham Lincoln, and a citizenship ceremony for new American citizens.

Mississippi’s Neoconfederate Senator

Cindy Hyde-Smith, who had been appointed to the Senate from Mississippi, won her election is now Mississippi’s first elected woman senator defeating former Secretary of Agriculture Mike Espy, who was vying to be the first black senator elected from Mississippi since Reconstruction. This is a woman who has spoken publicly about attending public hangings, in […]

Confederate Heritage Continues Its Retreat

In this article, we find Washington and Lee University has changed the names of some of its buildings as well as replacing some portraits. The university’s Board of Trustees announced “it will rename Robinson Hall as Chavis Hall, in honor of John Chavis, the first African-American to receive a college education in the United States. […]

David Blight on Frederick Douglass

Here’s Professor David Blight of Yale University discussing the life of Frederick Douglass, based on his latest book, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom. The video’s description reads, “Yale University history professor David Blight recalled the life of public intellectual and orator, Frederick Douglass (1818-1895). He was joined in conversation by Eddie Glaude, chair of the Center for African American Studies […]

Gettysburg National Military Park 2019 Winter Programs

The Gettysburg National Military Park has announced their 2019 Winter Lecture Series, Book Discussions, and Young Readers programs. January 5 – March 31 Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 pm Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center Date Program Presenter Sat. Jan. 5 The Unfinished Work: The World Wars at Gettysburg Jared Frederick, Penn State […]

Stand Firm Ye Boys From Maine

This book by historian Thomas A. Desjardin tells the story of the 20th Maine regiment in the Gettysburg Campaign. The 20th Maine and their commander, Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, gained fame during the fight for Little Round top at Gettysburg on July 2, 1863. Thanks to Michael Shaara’s fictional account, The Killer Angels, and the movie Gettysburg […]

General Stanley McChrystal on Leaders

Here’s retired U.S. Army General Stanley McChrystal talking about his new book, Leaders: Myths and Realities. The book profiles thirteen leaders and the lessons learned from each, including former U.S. Army Colonel Robert E. Lee. It’s a pretty good discussion.

Civil War Talk Radio Episode 1510 Jennifer Murray On a Great Battlefield

In this episode, host Gerald Prokopowicz speaks with Professor Jennifer Murray on her book, On a Great Battlefield: The Making, Management, and Memory of Gettysburg National Military Park, 1933 to 2013. This is a really great discussion.

2018 Fortenbaugh Lecture

Dr. George C. Rable, Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Alabama, gave this year’s Robert Fortenbaugh Memorial Lecture in Gettysburg on November 19, 2018. His talk, titled “Fighting for Reunion:  Dilemmas of Hatred and Vengeance” examines hatred of the other side in the Civil War and calls for vengeance, and how that created […]