Category Women

They Saw the Horrors of War: A Nurse and 3 Soldiers Describe Shiloh and Corinth

This article by Ph.D. student Trace Brusco appeared in the December, 2022 issue of Civil War Times. “Mississippi suffered greatly throughout the Civil War, but it was at Corinth where citizens and volunteers first endured the carnage of war amplified by a bloody clash deep in the Tennessee wilderness. Early on, gaining possession of Corinth—an […]

The Grimkes

Here’s Professor Kerri Greenidge discussing her book on the Grimke Sisters and the people their family had enslaved. The Grimke sisters left the South and became abolitionists in the free states. This is a discussion with Professor Nikki Taylor of Howard University. The video’s description reads, “Tufts University historian Kerri Greenidge talked about the Grimke […]

The Abolitionist’s Journal

Journalist James Richardson discusses his book, which is the journal of his ancestor, George Richardson, an abolitionist who participated in the Underground Railroad, served as a chaplain in a USCT regiment in Tennessee, and after the war taught in a school for freed people in Texas. He makes a couple of, let’s say questionable, statements, […]

CWTR Episode 1913: Mary Lincoln Demystified

This is a pretty good discussion between host Professor Gerald Prokopowicz and his guest, author and Mary Lincoln portrayer Donna McCreary.

The Long Shadow of the Civil War

This book by Professor Victoria Bynum looks at anticonfederate southerners living in the confederate states and their struggle against confederate authority. She tells us, “The Civil War home front schisms presented in this book demonstrate the extraordinary power of kinship, family, and community in people’s lives. In protecting what was closest to them–loved ones, land, […]

Letters Between Home and the Front

Here are Smithsonian Museum curators Lynn Heidelbaugh and Thomas Paone talking about and reading from some unpublished letters between a Civil War soldier and his family at home. The video’s description reads, “Smithsonian curators Lynn Heidelbaugh & Thomas Paone discussed previously unpublished letters sent between Union Army Private David Walters and his family during the […]


This article from Civil War Times tells us about an aspect of the Civil War that most people haven’t heard about. “Even before the war, Nashville had a flourishing skin trade. The 1860 census counted 207 Nashville women admitting to prostitution as their livelihood—198 white and nine mulatto. The city fathers recognized they had a […]

The Color of Abolition

This is author Linda Hirshman discussing her book, The Color of Abolition. I frankly was not impressed by this interview. She didn’t show me she knew the context within which her subjects acted well enough. Additionally, I wonder what historians think of her methodology, which she described as reading the secondary literature and then following […]

Sacred Trust Talks 2022 | Jeffrey J. Harding

Here’s the first Sacred Trust lecture of 2022, by Jeffrey Harding, about his book regarding the relationship of Major General John F. Reynolds and Kate Hewitt. He obviously did a great deal of research, but his presentation isn’t quite ready for prime time. He basically gave a Licensed Battlefield Guide Tour of his book instead […]

Racist Confederacy Supporters Continue to Whine About Some Bases Named for Nonwhites

In yesterday’s post we looked briefly at some racist confederate heritage supporters [a redundant term] upset because the Army Base Renaming Commission has recommended some bases be named for some nonwhite soldiers. To be fair to that discussion group, there are nonracists who are doing good work in pushing back against the proconfederates. For example: […]