Monthly Archives: November 2019

The Trouble With Treason: Prosecuting Jefferson Davis

This article contains an interview between Sarah Richardson and attorney Robert Icenhaur-Ramirez of Austin, Texas. He found the trial was botched from the beginning. We find, first of all, Lucius Chandler wrote Davis’s indictment. “Chandler was the U.S. district attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, an appointed attorney. But the reason he was appointed […]

Confederate Heritage Continues Its Retreat

Here’s another roundup of stories about the continued retreat of confederate heritage. This op-ed piece comes to us from the Orlando Sentinel. It tells us, “This column asked readers some weeks back to provide suggested text to display with the statue of Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith, which is slated to come to the Lake […]

Frederick Douglass’s Vision for a Reborn America

This article comes to us from Professor David Blight in The Atlantic. Dr. Blight tells us, “In the late 1860s, Frederick Douglass, the fugitive slave turned prose poet of American democracy, toured the country spreading his most sanguine vision of a pluralist future of human equality in the recently re-United States. It is a vision worth […]

America’s divides have never been simple. Neither was Pennsylvania’s Civil War history.

This article comes from Jason Steinhauer, a historian who is the first director of the Lapage Center for History in the Public Interest at Villanova University. It highlights how our history is complex and complicated. He begins by telling us about Clement Vallandigham, the infamous copperhead and traitor who collaborated with confederates during the Civil […]

TWISTED SOURCES: How Confederate propaganda ended up in the South’s schoolbooks

This blog post discusses how neoconfederate heritage lies instead of history received prominence in America’s southern schools in the years since the Civil War. It begins by asking, “Where does it come from, the ignorance that has been on display of late? In the college-age photos of white men, now elected officials, in blackface? In the […]

A New Trend Regarding Historians and R. E. Lee

I’ve noticed a new trend appearing among historians and their evaluations of Robert E. Lee. They are out to chip all the marble off the marble man, and in doing so it seems to me they’re hitting the man as well as the marble. In other words, it seems to me they’re going a bit […]

Is Civil War History Losing Ground?

This was a question Dana Shoaf, publisher of Civil War Times, consulting editor of America’s Civil War, and involved with other history-themed magazines, posed in this article to some well-known historians. He writes, “Yes, some aspects of Civil War culture appear to be on the wane, but others are thriving. I’ve experienced that surge of interest […]

1863 Battle of Mine Run

Here’s Chris Mackowski at the 2019 Emerging Civil War symposium giving a presentation on the [non-] “Battle” of Mine Run. The video’s description reads, “Chris Mackowski discussed the Battle of Mine Run, a small engagement in December 1863 between Union forces against better positioned Confederates near Fredericksburg, Virginia. Mr. Mackowski is a co-founder of the Emerging […]

Partners in Command

This book by Professor Joseph T. Glatthaar starts out as a fairly conventional study with the standard interpretations of individuals such as Abraham Lincoln and George B. McClellan, but as we get into it we see it has some additional nuggets that make it worthwhile. In describing the book, Dr. Glatthaar writes, “As American military […]

Another One Bites the Dust

Word from North Carolina is the confederate monument in Pittsboro, North Carolina was removed. We learn from this story, “Preparations began Tuesday night to carefully dismantle the statue of a soldier outside the historic Chatham County Courthouse, where it had stood since 1907, and continued for hours overnight, said county spokeswoman Kara Lusk Dudley. By […]