Monthly Archives: April 2022

Salmon P. Chase

Here’s author Walter Stahr discussing his latest book, Salmon P. Chase: Lincoln’s Vital Rival with Daniel Weinberg of the Abraham Lincoln Book Shop. The video’s description reads, “Author Walter Stahr talked about Abraham Lincoln’s Secretary of the Treasury Salmon Chase who was an abolitionist and later Supreme Court Chief Justice. This virtual program was hosted by the Abraham […]

The Importance of Studying Reconstruction to Understand the Civil War

Here’s the second episode of my friend and blogging colleague Pat Young’s new podcast. The Reconstruction Amendments are a lot more important than many Americans realize, and Pat goes into their meaning and effect as part of this podcast. He also discusses the violence of the period. The episode’s description reads, “The Civil War was […]

My Ulysses S. Grant Book Recommendations

As today, April 27, 2022, was Ulysses S. Grant’s 200th Birthday, several people have posted their top five Grant books at various forums. I decided to make my own list. Coming in at Number 5: The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant. There are several versions around. Two I’ve seen recommended but I haven’t read […]

Seceding From Secession

This is a book by the award-winning historian Eric Wittenberg, Edmund Sargus, a federal district judge in Columbus, Ohio, and Penny Barrick, a senior attorney with the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. The separation of the northwestern part of the state from the rest of Virginia was the culmination of decades […]

John Avlon on Lincoln and the Fight For Peace

Here’s a fine interview between author John Avlon and host Daniel Wineberg about Mr. Avlon’s book, Lincoln and the Fight for Peace. The video’s description reads, “Author John Avlon joined host Daniel Weinberg on February 14, 2022 to discuss Lincoln and the Fight For Peace.”

The Week in Confederate Heritage

We begin by doing some catch-up. This article updates us on the confederate renaming commission. “The Commission, established by the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act in the face of fierce opposition from former President Donald Trump in 2020, was originally tasked to rename nine military bases and sites associated with the Confederacy, as well as other Defense […]

How to Know a Source is Credible

In this age of fake news, various types of misinformation and disinformation, lost cause lies, black confederate lies, the SCV and UDC, and other falsehood campaigns, we have to be able to discern good sources of information. In other words, “How do we know whom to believe?” Professor Sam Wineburg of Stanford University has been […]

Pat Cleburne Irish Confederate & ”Black Confederates” – Civil War Reconstruction

Theis is the kickoff episode of a new podcast, “Civil War Reconstruction,” hosted by my friend and blogging colleague, Patrick Young. This is an excellent discussion of Patrick Cleburne and his proposal for confederates to arm African Americans. Along the way he makes some very cogent observations about the black confederate lie. The only thing […]

The Remarkable Life Of Frederick Douglass

This is an outstanding interview with Professor David Blight on NPR’s “Fresh Aire” program. The episode description tells us, “Historian David Blight’s Pulitzer Prize-winning biography traced Frederick Douglass’ path from slavery to abolitionist and inspired HBO’s documentary, Frederick Douglass: In Five Speeches. ‘Seeing and hearing Douglass became, through the course of the 19th century, a kind […]

Ghosts of the Confederacy

This book by Professor Gaines Foster, published in 1987, traces the development of the lost cause lie and how former confederates and their descendants came to terms with their defeat in the Civil War and celebrated the confederacy in the later years of the nineteenth century and the early years of the twentieth century. A […]