Monthly Archives: June 2019

Brenda Wineapple: The Impeachers

Here’s historian Brenda Wineapple talking with Professor Eric Foner about her book, The Impeachers. The video’s description reads, “Historian Brenda Wineapple talked about The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation. In her book, she looked back at the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson in 1868. She was joined in conversation by Columbia University history Professor Eric Foner.”

Lincoln, Meade, and Gettysburg Letters

I came across these interesting letters. First, this letter from Lincoln to Meade, never sent, which is very well known. The genesis of it was a message from Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck to Meade on July 14: “The enemy should be pursued and cut up, wherever he may have gone. This pursuit may or […]

Robert E. Lee: A Reference Guide to His Life and Works

This book by Dr. James I. Robertson Jr. isn’t a standard biography. Rather, it’s formatted like an encyclopedia or dictionary, with entries in alphabetical order. Beginning with a chronology of Lee’s life, the book next has an introduction Dr. Robertson penned. In it he says, “Focus here is always on Lee’s relationship with the entry […]

It’s Impossible to Overstate the Stupidity of Confederate Heritage People

Do you think that statement is over the top? Feast your eyes on this gem from a confederate heritage idiot: And what did this moron claim when posting this? “Any plan of gradual, compensated emancipation would have been welcomed, as it was in every other country that ended slavery in the Western Hemisphere. But having […]

Gettysburg Heritage Center Lectures and Book Signings

Trying hard to replace the popular Sacred Trust lectures, the Gettysburg Heritage Center on Steinwehr Avenue has been booking authors to give talks about their books and to sign books after their talks. This year’s schedule is posted. Presentations:   Book Signings To Occur Both Before & Immediately Following Presentations Sunday, June 30th 2:00: Ralph Peters – Chancellorsville: The Victory […]

Davis’ Brigade from Victory to Defeat – Gettysburg Battle Walk with Ranger Matt Atkinson

Here’s the incomparable Matt Atkinson giving a battle walk on Joseph Davis’s brigade during the Battle of Gettysburg. Joe Davis, of course, was Jefferson Davis’s nephew, and as Matt says, the “quintessential definition of the word nepotism.” It’s a shame it was a windy day.

The American War

Here’s Professor Joan Waugh of UCLA discussing a book about the history of the Civil War era she co-wrote with Dr. Gary Gallagher. This is a very good discussion. The video’s description reads, “UCLA history professor Joan Waugh talked about her book, The American War: A History of the Civil War Era. This interview, recorded on the campus […]

Great Conversations at Gettysburg 2019

This is the replacement for the popular Sacred Trust lectures. This year’s Great Conversations at Gettysburg, held at the Rupp House on Baltimore Street and sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation in partnership with Gettysburg College, will be on Saturday, June 29. Admission is free. Here’s the lineup: 9 a.m. Michael Birkner, Ph.D. Gettysburg College Worst […]

John R. Legg – American Civil War Museum – Emerging Scholars presentation 5/4/2019

Here’s John Legg, a new historian who received his MA at Virginia Tech, giving a presentation at the American Civil War Museum on Whitestone Hill, which was an attack on Dakota and Lakota in 1863, which some have said was an attack as revenge for the Dakota War of 1862 in Minnesota. Unfortunately, the camera […]

Should There Be Reparations for Oppression of African Americans?

Note the title doesn’t limit the subject to slavery alone, although slavery is the root from which the rest sprang. In a landmark 2014 article in Atlantic, Ta-Nehisi Coates explained why he changed his mind from not supporting reparations to supporting reparations. He starts by talking about the Jim Crow era. “In the 1920s, Jim Crow […]