Author Archives: Al Mackey

1863 New York City Draft Riots

Here’s Professor Joshua Brown discussing the 1863 draft riots in New York City. The video’s description reads, “City University of New York professor emeritus Joshua Brown taught a class on the 1863 New York City Draft Riots and Civil War newspapers. He described how citizens across the country saw drawings and read articles chronicling the events. This class was […]

Lincoln as a Lawyer

This book by John P. Frank looks at Lincoln as a lawyer from the viewpoint of another lawyer. Mr. Frank was a practicing attorney and a law professor. Early in his career he clerked for Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black. Mr. Frank divides this look at Lincoln as a lawyer into three parts. I’ll let […]

John Buford at Gettysburg

Here’s historian Eric Wittenberg leading an excellent tour of sites related to Brigadier General John Buford’s actions at Gettysburg.

Where is the Intellectual Ammunition?

I’m often asked where aspiring students of the war can find source material they can use to counter neoconfederate liars. I believe these books can give you an excellent start. They are not the be-all and end-all, and there are plenty of other books that are useful, but these will give you a core understanding […]

The Week in Confederate Heritage

This was a relatively quiet week in the nationwide retreat of confederate heritage. We have this article out of Alabama telling us, “The capital of Alabama has renamed a street honoring the former president of the Confederacy to instead recognize a Black civil rights lawyer, The Associated Press reported on Wednesday. The Montgomery City Council unanimously voted to […]

Civil War Institute Fall Program Day Three

The third and final day of the Civil War Institute’s fall program was a terrific experience. We began with Ranger Dan Vermilyea discussing the North Carolina monument. He discussed the unveiling of the monument and the speeches at the unveiling. The monument was draped with the American Flag prior to its unveiling. Next, Supervisory Ranger […]

Civil War Institute Fall Program Day Two

Day Two began our field programs. We started out following the 26th North Carolina in its attack on the 24th Michigan of the Iron Brigade. Dr. Ashley Whitehead Luskey began the program. We were on the grounds of the Harman Farm, and Dr. Luskey told us the rest of the story of how Emmanuel Harman […]

Civil War Institute Fall Program Day One

The Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College kicked off its fall field program tonight with an outstanding lecture by Professor Judkin Browning of Appalachian State University on North Carolina in the Civil War. Professor Browning dispelled several myths that have grown up surrounding North Carolina’s participation in the war. One of these was the myth […]

The Civil War in the Western Territories

This book by Ray C. Colton looks at the actions in the territories that became the states of Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico. Most of these actions were the result of a confederate invasion into the territories. “Confederate leaders planned to annex a corridor from the Rio Grande in Texas to the Pacific Coast […]

The Legacy of Black Reconstruction

This article by Professor Robert Greene discusses the classic work on Reconstruction, W. E .B. Du Bois’s Black Reconstruction in America. Professor Greene writes, “it was Du Bois’s attempt to ‘demolish the lie about Negroes in their most important and creative period of history.’ According to the dominant telling, depicted in popular works like Birth of […]