Author Archives: Al Mackey

Sacred Trust 2022 Day One

Today was the first day of the Sacred Trust 2022 lectures at the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center. The Gettysburg Foundation debuted a large LCD screen for displaying PowerPoint slides. After some technical difficulties were corrected it worked great. All the presentations were filmed for YouTube, and I’ll post the YouTube videos when they […]

Co. Aytch

I recently re-read this memoir by Sam Watkins many years after initially reading it. You can download and read this book for free here, here, here, and here. You can see a short biography of Watkins from the Nation Park Service here. Something you won’t learn from reading the memoirs is Watkins’s father owned over […]

Ulysses Grant Bicentennial Dinner

Here is video from the dinner commemorating the 200th birthday of Ulysses S. Grant. It features a conversation between David Petraeus, Ronald C. White, and Ron Chernow. Frankly, I think it would have been much better had the conversation been between Frank Scaturro and Brooks Simpson, with those other three gentlemen in the audience. The […]

Conversation with Historian Joanne Freeman

This is an outstanding conversation between Christy Coleman and Professor Joanne Freeman. All students of history can benefit from the information in this conversation. The video’s description reads, “Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation executive director Christy Coleman talked with historian Joanne Freeman about her scholarship on Alexander Hamilton and violence in Congress during the 19th century. This program […]

Don’t Give an Inch

This book by Chris Mackowski, Kristopher White, and Daniel Davis is another in the excellent “Emerging Civil War” series, this one a continuation of the examination of the battle of Gettysburg. This particular book focuses on July 2, 1863, the second day of the battle. Like all the other books in the series, the book […]

The Week in Confederate Heritage

We begin by catching up with this article out of New Orleans, Louisiana. “Robert E. Lee Day and Confederate Memorial Day will no longer be on the state’s calendar of official holidays after HB 248, authored by New Orleans Representative Matthew Willard, received final legislative approval. Alexandria Senator Jay Luneau carried the bill in the […]

NCWM Lessons in History with Garry Adelman “Rocky Bulwarks, The Attack and Def. of Gburg’s Boulders”

Here’s Garry Adelman at the National Civil War Museum discussing some of the geology of Gettysburg and how it affected the battle. The video’s description reads, “Garry Adelman, Chief Historian of the American Battlefield Trust, presents ‘Rocky Bulwarks: The Attack and Defense of Gettysburg’s Boulder-Strewn Slopes.’ Gettysburg’s diabase boulders have delighted photographers from 1863 until […]

Fight Like the Devil

This book by Chris Mackowski, Kristopher White, and Daniel Davis is an introduction to the action on July 1, 1863 at Gettysburg. This is part of the excellent “Emerging Civil War” series of books. Like the other books in the series it contains a tour of the battlefield as well as excellent maps and illustrations […]

The Valentine Museum Displays the Jefferson Davis Statue from Monument Avenue

On June 10,2020, demonstrators in Richmond, Virginia, pulled down the statue honoring Jefferson Davis placed on Monument Avenue by a white supremacist group in 1907. As this site shows, the Valentine Museum in Richmond has put up a temporary exhibit of that statue. This article gives us some information on the display. The article tells […]

Lincoln’s Generals

This book of essays edited by Professor Gabor Boritt seeks to analyze the relationships between Abraham Lincoln and five of his top generals. As Professor Boritt tells us, “This book takes a hard look at the interaction of five leading generals with their Civil War commander-in-chief. The choice of the five lieutenants no doubt colors […]