Author Archives: Al Mackey

Richmond Commission Recommends Booting Jeff Davis

  Richmond’s Monument Avenue Commission, put in place by Mayor Levar Stoney, released its report on what it recommends be done with the monuments on Richmond’s iconic Monument Avenue. See story here, here, and here. You can download and read the entire report at the commission’s website here. The commission recommends removing the monument to […]

What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?

“What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” Frederick Douglass July 5, 1852 Mr. President, Friends and Fellow Citizens: He who could address this audience without a quailing sensation, has stronger nerves than I have. I do not remember ever to have appeared as a speaker before any assembly more shrinkingly, nor with greater […]

2018 Winter Lecture Series – “The Movement Was South.” General Grant and the Overland Campaign

Here’s Ranger John Heiser with an excellent presentation on Ulysses S. Grant, focusing on his 1864 Overland Campaign. The video’s description reads, “Ulysses S. Grant was chosen by President Abraham Lincoln to lead all military forces in 1864 to finally put an end to the fighting during the Civil War. Grant’s Overland Campaign against Robert […]

Ex Parte Law

The citation for this case is 15 Fed. Cas. 3, Case No. 8,126. The case comes from the District Court of the Southern District of Georgia. Federal Judge John Erskine presided. William Law was a Georgia attorney who had participated in the rebellion. He applied for, was granted, and accepted pardon and amnesty. On January […]

Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant

In preparation for this year’s Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College, I reread the Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant. The edition I used this time was the Library of America edition edited by Stephen Sears and including selected Grant letters as well as notes Grant wrote to his doctor and a chronology of Grant’s life. […]

Amerikan Rambler with Colin Woodward Episode 99: Kevin Levin

Here’s a terrific conversation between historian Colin Woodward and historian Kevin Levin. They talk about Kevin’s upcoming book on the black confederate myth as well as what else Kevin has been doing and the confederate monument issue. They even talk about our favorite group of idiots, the Virginia Flaggers. You can access the conversation here.

2018 Winter Lecture Series – The Fateful Compromise of 1850

Here’s Ranger John Hoptak giving his typical outstanding performance in a presentation covering the Compromise of 1850 for the Gettysburg National Military Park’s 2018 Winter Lecture Series. The video’s description reads, “Before the Civil War there was the Compromise of 1850. The arguments between the North and South over slavery in the new territories began […]