Peter Carmichael and I couldn’t be more pleased with the number and quality of responses to his post on black Confederates. We were hoping that the post would attract the attention of individuals who approach the study of the Civil War from different perspectives. To that end, we’ve decided to take it to the next level and try our hands at leading a discussion group that will focus on a specific book or article.
After tossing around a few possibilities we decided on an article by Jason Phillips, titled “A Brother’s War?: Exploring Confederate Perceptions of the Enemy” which is included in Aaron Sheehan Dean’s ed. The View From the Ground: Experiences of Civil War Soldiers. The article is relatively short and is pulled from his more recently published book, Diehard Rebels: The Confederate Culture of Invincibility, which I highly recommend to you. We will contact Phillips to see if he is interested in taking part in this forum. Here are the specifics: We will give you two weeks (Aug. 8) to purchase the book. At that point Peter will post some interpretive questions to guide our reading and which can be used to get the discussion going. The following week or two we will post some thoughts to begin the discussion and see where that takes us.
Some of the details need to be worked out, but I would love to get a sense of the level of enthusiasm out there for this proposal.