Monthly Archives: September 2019

Pickett’s Charge–The Last Attack at Gettysburg

This excellent book by the prolific and respected scholar Earl J. Hess may well be the best tactical study of the charge in existence. It is deeply researched, well written, and contains cogent analysis and insightful conclusions. In telling us what led up to the assault, Dr. Hess writes the confederate First Corps commander Lt. […]

African Americans and the Confederate Army

A number of articles and interviews made their way into my feed over the summer regarding the roles African Americans played with the confederate army. In this article published in Civil War Times, my friend Cooper Wingert tells us, “Slaves were ubiquitous in Confederate armies dating back to the war’s earliest days. Legions of enslaved people […]

The Native Americans Who Assisted the Underground Railroad

Here’s Professor Roy Finkenbine of the University of Detroit Mercy in an essay on how Native American tribes assisted fugitive slaves in the Underground Railroad. We learn, “Native American assistance to freedom seekers crossing through the Midwest, then often called the Old Northwest, or seeking sanctuary in Indian villages in the region, has largely been […]

Kevin Levin at National Archives: Searching for Black Confederates

Here’s Kevin Levin giving an excellent presentation on his new book at the National Archives. The video’s description reads, “More than 150 years after the end of the Civil War, scores of websites, articles, and organizations repeat claims that anywhere between 500 and 100,000 free and enslaved African Americans fought willingly as soldiers in the […]

California’s black slaves and the myth of free soil

I found this article on enslaved people in California of all places. We learn, “In 1852, three black men — Carter Perkins, Robert Perkins, and Sandy Jones — were asleep in a cabin when a group of armed whites broke in, loaded the men into a wagon, and hauled them before a justice of the peace. […]

Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation unveils new Confederate monument

This article showed up in my feed today. “The Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation has erected a new Confederate monument at the Third Winchester Battlefield Park. On Saturday afternoon, the monument, located at 253 Averrell Ave., was unveiled during a ceremony that drew about 70 people. The stone monument is dedicated to Gen. Cullen Battle’s Alabama […]

Union Seventh West Virginia Infantry After the War

Here’s Dr. Mark Snell discussing the 7th West Virginia during and after the Civil War, including the dedication of their monument at Gettysburg. The video’s description reads, “Mark Snell, co-author of The Seventh West Virginia Infantry, talked about the activities of the Union regiment both during the war and after, including the dedication of a monument […]

Md.’s divided loyalties during the Civil War complicate its memory

In this article, Professor David Graham of Snow College in Utah discusses Maryland’s loyalties during the Civil War. He tells us, “Maryland House Speaker Adrienne Jones called for the removal of a plaque located inside the Maryland State House commemorating both Union and Confederate soldiers from the Old Line state who, as the memorial notes, […]

Cumberland Valley Railroad

Here’s Scott Mingus talking about the Cumberland Valley Railroad in Central Pennsylvania during the Civil War. Scott always gives a good presentation. The video’s description says, “Scott Mingus, co-author of Targeted Tracks, talked about the importance of the Cumberland Valley Railroad during the Civil War. This was a one-track railroad running from Hagerstown, Maryland, to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. […]

Some Humorous History

I found the Atun-Shei Films YouTube channel that has some very humorous videos that effectively slam neoconfederate nonsense. Two especially good ones are the two “Checkmate, Lincolnites!” videos: