Monthly Archives: December 2019

The Generalship of Robert E. Lee, Part Nine

I found this article from Volume XXII, No. 3 (Autumn, 1992) of Parameters, which is the journal of the U.S. Army War College. Titled, “Lee and the Operational Art: The Right Place, the Right Time,” it’s from the late military historian Jay Luvaas. Page numbers are from the article. In this article we find the source […]

Are the 1619 Project’s Defenders its Worst Enemies?

While most of the critiques of the 1619 Project have been ideological in nature, with right-wing pundits attacking the project with little substance, there have been some substantial critiques. In earlier posts I highlighted critiques from historians that took on project assertions with substance. In most instances, the response from the defenders to these substantive […]

1863 Battle of Ringgold Gap

This is Jerry Desmond, Executive Director of Pamplin Historical Park and National Museum of the Civil War Soldier giving a fair presentation on the Battle of Ringgold Gap at Pamplin Park’s 2019 symposium. The video’s description reads, “Pamplin Historical Park executive director Jerry Desmond explored the 1863 Battle of Ringgold Gap, a small engagement in […]

The Blessed Place of Freedom

This book by Dean B. Mahin is about immigrants from Europe and their participation in the American Civil War. We can divide the book into three main parts. The first deals with European immigrants to the North, and a chapter is devoted to major immigrant groups such as Germans, French, Irish, non-Irish Britons, and other […]

The 1619 Project Debate Continues

The rhetorical battle over the New York Times’s “1619 Project” continues unabated. The eminent historian Victoria Bynum details her objections in her blog post here. She says, “After reframing the meaning of the American Revolution, [Nicole] Hannah-Jones moves on to the Civil War and Reconstruction, barely touching on American abolitionism and ignoring the free soil movement, […]

CW Talk Radio Episode 1615: Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth

In this episode of Civil War Talk Radio, host Professor Gerald Prokopowicz speaks with Kevin Levin on the black confederate myth. This is a terrific discussion. They discuss Professor Earl Hess’s controversial article from Civil War History in the first segment.

Colonial and Civil War Christmas Traditions

Merry Christmas. This is Brad Stone, a docent at the Clara Barton’s Missing Soldiers Office Museum, discussing Christmas traditions in the Civil War. The video’s description reads, “Museum docent Brad Stone presented this festive look at Christmas traditions from the Colonial Era through the Civil War. Mr. Stone, dressed as a patriotic Santa depicted in an […]

How the Daughters of the Confederacy Spoiled Christmas

I came across this article detailing how two southern towns canceled Christmas parades because antiracists complained about neoconfederates and the confederate flag being a part of the parade. The article tells us, “For several years, the town of Garner, North Carolina, has held a Christmas parade featuring—along with traditional marching bands, dance troupes and local […]

Monument to USCT Proposed in Richmond

According to this article, a councilwoman in Richmond, VA proposes to erect a monument to the United States Colored Troops on Monument Avenue. “The effort, led by a group called the Honor the 14 Foundation, aims to memorialize 14 Medal of Honor recipients from a U.S. Colored Troops regiment of the Union Army. The foundation […]

A Historian Pushback on the 1619 Project and the NYT Responds

I’ve previously highlighted the 1619 Project and some of the criticisms laid against it. The four historians from that original criticism [Professors Gordon Wood, Victoria Bynum, James Oakes, and James McPherson] and Professor Sean Wilentz of Princeton University have signed a joint letter to the New York Times detailing their objections to the project. The Times will […]