Monthly Archives: March 2020

Confederate Cavalryman Thomas Wallace Colley

Here’s Michael Shaffer giving a presentation on Thomas W. Colley, a confederate cavalryman. The video’s description reads, “Historian Michael Shaffer looked at the life of Thomas Wallace Colley, who served in the Confederate 1st Virginia Cavalry during the Civil War. Using Colley’s voluminous journal entries and letters, Mr. Shaffer discussed the trooper’s experiences at key battles such […]

Slavery in Colonial New England

Here’s Professor Jared Hardesty of Western Washington University giving a really good presentation on slavery in Colonial New England. The video’s description reads, “Historian Jared Hardesty talked about his book Black Lives, Native Lands, White Worlds: A History of Slavery in New England, which focused on the region’s involvement in slavery and the slave trade during the […]

The Thin Light of Freedom

This book by Professor Edward Ayers completes the series of two books began with his In the Presence of Mine Enemies. Both books are outgrowths of the “Valley of the Shadow Project” from the University of Virginia, a digital history project which maintains an archive of primary sources dealing with two counties only 200 miles apart […]

Confederate Monuments

Here’s a pretty good conversation on confederate monuments from the 2019 Lincoln Forum featuring Harold Holzer and Professors Gary Gallagher, Elizabeth Varon, and Edna Greene Medford. The video’s description reads, “Civil War scholars Gary Gallagher, Edna Greene Medford, and Elizabeth Varon discussed the current debate surrounding Confederate monuments. They offered their ideas on how to display and preserve them, and […]

Abraham Lincoln and Emancipation

Here’s Professor Edna Greene Medford of Howard University speaking at the 2019 Lincoln Forum on Abraham Lincoln and Emancipation. Professor Medford is always good. The video’s description reads, “Civil War scholar Edna Greene Medford talked about Abraham Lincoln’s approach to abolishing slavery and examined views of emancipation in the North and South. This event was part of the the […]

Lincoln and Antebellum Views on Death

Here’s Professor Brian Dirck of Anderson University at the 2019 Lincoln Forum in Gettysburg, PA discussing Lincoln’s views on death during the Civil War. The video’s description reads, “Author Brian Dirck examined accounts written by close associates of Abraham Lincoln to explain the president’s view of death before the Civil War. Mr. Dirck argued that Lincoln balanced his emotions […]

Economic Policies of the Confederacy

Here’s Professor Jamie Amanda Martinez of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke giving a pretty good lecture on the economic policies of the confederacy. The video’s description reads, “University of North Carolina at Pembroke Professor Jamie Martinez taught a class about the Confederacy’s economic policies during the Civil War. She explained how a pre-war focus on cotton exports over […]

Megan Kate Nelson: The Three-Cornered War

Here’s Dr. Megan Kate Nelson giving a really good lecture on the Civil War in the Far West, which, I should point out, Megan, is actually a part of the Trans-Mississippi, not separate from it. 🙂 The video’s description reads, “Historian Megan Kate Nelson looked at how the Civil War impacted the American West as […]

Congress at War

Here’s Fergus Bordewich giving a nice presentation on the role Congress played in the United States’s victory in the Civil War. The video’s description reads, “Historian Fergus Bordewich argued that Congress, led by the Republican Party, played a vital role in the Union’s victory in the Civil War.”

U. S. Marine Corps Begins to Divest Itself of Symbols of Treason and Racism

The Commandant of the Marine Corps, General David Berger, ordered in February that the Corps remove all confederate paraphernalia from its bases. As this article tells us, “The question of whether Confederate symbols represent heritage or hatred has been vexing for the U.S. military. In January 2016, the Marine Corps refused to allow a man with […]