Monthly Archives: June 2021

The Civil War in the West

This book by Professor Earl J. Hess is an overview of the campaigns fought in the Cis-Mississippi Western Theater. Professor Hess makes the case that the war in the West was different from the war in the East, not only in geography but also in the way it was fought, and the men who fought […]

Conservative Politicians Continue Their Con Game on Critical Race Theory

This article traces the origin of the con to the original grifter, Failed President Trump. “As the 2020 election entered its final stretch, President Trump was searching for a means of blunting the Black Lives Matter (BLM) fervor that threatened his electoral chances in some swing states. He’d had some success with claims that Democrats supported lawlessness […]

The Week in Confederate Heritage

We begin with this interview of Professor Karen Cox, author of No Common Ground: Confederate Monuments and the Ongoing Fight for Racial Justice. Here are some excerpts: CP: The first point you make in the book is that these monuments are fake history. KC: Yes. The idea of a Southern “Lost Cause,” which is what these monuments […]

The Early Morning of War

This book by Dr. Edward G. Longacre tells the story of the first battle of Bull Run. He seeks to provide an in-depth military history of the campaign incorporating the latest scholarship, and in my opinion he succeeds quite well. Along the way he questions some long-held beliefs about the campaign and battle. As Dr. […]

Ranger Programs are Back at Gettysburg NMP

Ranger programs are back at Gettysburg National Military Park. You can plan your visit with this schedule. Daily Ranger-led hikes, walks, and talks that explore the people and places that made history at Gettysburg. All programs are free and open to the public. Gettysburg History Hike: 3 Days in 90 Minutes (90 minutes)Meet at Ranger Site […]

Meltdown in Dixie

This is a documentary from Lynnwood Pictures and Emily Harrold Productions about the legal battle in Orangeburg, SC over a confederate flag flown on land near an ice cream shop. I feel for the shop owner and his family. He tried to do the right thing, but the racism enshrined in the system was too […]

Politicians Continue to Lie About Critical Race Theory

The bottom line is Critical Race Theory is not and will not be taught in public schools. It is a subject for law schools and upper level university classes. It is not what its critics, the vast majority of whom having no idea what it is, say. Most of it, as far as I can […]

Raising the White Flag

This book comes to us from Doctor David Silkenat of the University of Edinburgh. In the book he points out surrender has a “paradoxical nature” [p. 1] He writes, “Surrenders present anomalous moments in times of war, a hiatus from bloodshed and death in favor of negotiation and compromise. They require both warring parties to […]

Lincoln Forum Zoom event with Ronald C. White on “Lincoln in Private” (May 15, 2021)

Here’s biographer Ronald C. White discussing Abraham Lincoln’s private writings, based on his book, Lincoln in Private.

The Week in Confederate Heritage

We begin in Lexington, VA, with this article, telling us, “On Friday W&L announced that it would retain its name after a yearlong deliberative process within the university community. The name-change discussion arose following the national reckoning last summer ignited by the murder of George Floyd and the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement. The protests […]