Author Archives: Al Mackey

How Southern socialites rewrote Civil War history

Here’s a video describing how the United Daughters of the Confederacy helped create a phony version of history that still infects many to this day. Advertisements

Lee and His Generals in War and Memory

This is another book of essays by Professor Gary Gallagher. He writes about Lee, about his principal subordinates, and how they’ve been remembered. “All of the essays in this book explore in some fashion the effect of Lost Cause arguments on popular perceptions of Lee and several of his most famous lieutenants.” [p. xi] Eleven […]

Slate Academy and Reconstruction

Slate Academy has a series on Reconstruction that is pretty good. You can start checking it out here.

The Year It Became Embarrassing to Fly the Confederate Flag: An interview with James E. Loewen

Here’s a short clip of sociologist James Loewen discussing the retreat of confederate monumentation and iconography. He mentions not only the Charleston murders but also the Charlottesville riots by white supremacists. What do you think?

The 147th New York on July 1st – Gettysburg Battle Walk with Ranger Zach Siggins

Here’s Ranger Zach Siggins, who is really doing a great job as a fairly new ranger at Gettysburg, giving an excellent battle walk discussing the performance of the 147th New York on July 1, 1863 at the Battle of Gettysburg. Unfortunately it cuts off before he ends the program, but when it cuts off he’s […]

Town Talk-Dec 18 with John Hennessy

Here’s a really good discussion from WFVA in Fredericksburg, VA between host Ted Schubel and John Hennessy, Chief Historian at the Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania National Military Park. The description reads, “Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park Chief Historian John Hennessy talks about the art of writing–and the art of writing a history book. Some recent history books […]

The Slavers

Here we have four cases all dealing with condemnation of vessels as slave ships. The vessels and the citations for their cases were the Kate 69 US [2 Wall.] 350; the Sarah 69 US [2 Wall.] 366; the Weathergage 69 US [2 Wall.] 375; and the Reindeer 69 US [2 Wall.] 383. All four cases are from the December, 1864 term […]