Author Archives: Al Mackey

Stewart v. Kahn

The citation for this case is 78 US [11 Wall.] 493. On August 10, 1860 the New Orleans trading firm of Bloom, Kahn & Company took out a promissory note to the New York firm of A. T. Stewart & Company, and promised to pay $3,226.24 at maturity of the note, which would be on […]

1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaigns

Here’s Professor Edward Ayers, formerly the President of Richmond University, giving a typically outstanding presentation on the 1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign. This was part of the 2017 Nau Center Signature Conference held at the University of Virginia. The video’s description reads, “Edward Ayers talked about the 1864 Shenandoah Valley campaigns during the Civil War. He […]

Confederate General Richard Taylor’s Memoir

Here’s Professor Stephen Cushman of the University of Virginia’s Department of English speaking at the 2017 Nau Signature Conference at the University of Virginia on the portion of Richard Taylor’s memoirs dealing with the Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864. The video’s description reads, “Professor Stephen Cushman talked about Confederate General Richard Taylor’s 1879 memoir, Destruction […]

Confederate General Edward Porter Alexander

Here’s Professor Gary W. Gallagher of the University of Virginia speaking at the Virginia Historical Society on the confederate artillerist Edward Porter Alexander. Professor Gallagher edited Alexander’s memoirs, Fighting for the Confederacy, which was a more unexpurgated version of Alexander’s Military Memoirs of a Confederate. As always, Professor Gallagher gives an outstanding presentation. The video’s description reads, […]

Civil War Era and the Constitution

Here’s Professor Tim Huebner of Rhodes College speaking at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, PA on Lincoln, slavery, emancipation, and the Constitution. The video’s description reads, “Timothy Huebner talked about the Civil War Era and the Constitution, focusing on the history of slavery during the antebellum period and its eventual abolition with the 13th […]

Reunion Without Compromise

This book by Michael Perman considers Southern views of Presidential Reconstruction and the early years of Congressional Reconstruction. In the Preface, he tells us, “The post-war status and position of the Confederacy’s political leadership was what Northern policy-makers believed reunion and reconstruction were all about. Should the post-bellum South continue to be led by the […]

Custer’s Last Stand

This Sunday is the 141st anniversary of the Battle of the Little Big Horn, also known as “Custer’s Last Stand.” June 25, 1876 was a shock to the United States. Custer was the most famous Indian fighter in the army at the time. As the nation was preparing to celebrate its centennial, the news came […]