Category Lincoln

Liberty and Union

This book by Professor David Herbert Donald, published in 1978, provides us his interpretation of the Civil War and Reconstruction. He writes, “In studying the years from 1845 to about 1890 as a whole, I have become convinced that these important economic, social, and ideological conflicts can best be understood as special instances of a […]

Gettysburg National Military Park Winter Lecture Schedule

Gettysburg National Military Park has posted its 2023 Winter Lecture Series schedule. The Winter Lecture Series is held at 1:30 pm on weekends in the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center from January 7 through February 26, 2023. Free tickets will be available day of at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. […]

A Lingering Gettysburg Battle: Where Did Lincoln Stand?

This article reports on research to determine where Lincoln actually stood when he delivered the Gettysburg Address. “Four score and 79 years ago this Saturday, Abraham Lincoln stood up in the newly dedicated cemetery for Union soldiers who fell at Gettysburg and delivered one of the most famous speeches in American history. The speech, which […]

2022 Dedication Day and Remembrance Day

This year, with November 19 falling on Saturday, Dedication Day, commemorating the Gettysburg Battlefield’s National Cemetery’s dedication in 1863, along with Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, and Remembrance Day, an annual parade of Civil War reenactors, are on the same day, making for a long day. Remembrance Day parking and closures 2022. NOTE: More roads will […]

The Soldier Vote: How Union Troops Propelled Lincoln To a Second Term

Union soldiers line up to vote during the 1864 presidential election pitting Abraham Lincoln against former Army of the Potomac commander George McClellan, whom Lincoln notably relieved of duty in November 1862. This 2020 article from Dr. Zachary Fry is actually an excerpt from Dr. Fry’s book, A Republic in the Ranks: Loyalty and Dissent […]

Heather Cox Richardson explains Lincoln’s “House Divided” Speech

In this episode, “Professor Buzzkill,” aka Professor Joseph Coohill, plays an excerpt of Professor Heather Cox Richardson discussing Abraham Lincoln’s “House Divided” speech. The episode’s descriptio reads, “Did Abraham Lincoln actually say ‘a house divided against itself cannot stand’? We place that quote in its historical context. And Dr. Heather Cox Richardson gives us a […]

Battle of Antietam, Lincoln and Emancipation

Here’s Scott Hartwig giving a characteristically excellent presentation at the Emerging Civil War symposium on the Emancipation and the Maryland Campaign of 1862. The video’s description reads, “Scott Hartwig, the former supervisory historian at Gettysburg National Military Park, talked about the lead up to the September 1862 Battle of Antietam and Abraham Lincoln’s announcing the preliminary Emancipation […]

Seven Myths of the Civil War

This book, edited by Professor Wesley Moody, contains seven essays, each of which center on a specific myth surrounding the Civil War. The Introduction tells us, “One common and reasonable criticism of modern historians is that we overspecialize. In the case of the Civil War, we often over-sub-specialize, and this can lead to problems in […]

Tracking History’s Mysteries

Here’s an excellent conversation between Professor Joanne Freeman and Professor Heather Cox Richardson on how historians try to fill in the gaps when there isn’t complete evidence, as is the case all the time. The episode’s description tells us, “What happens when there are gaps in the historical records of some of America’s most seismic […]

Does Lincoln get way too much credit for freeing enslaved Black people?

Today let’s consider this essay from Professor Kellie Carter Jackson. “Abraham Lincoln did not free the enslaved. The enslaved freed themselves. For decades, historians have argued for the agency of Black Americans in securing their own liberation during the Civil War. But time and time again, Lincoln is touted by his most well-known monikers, The […]