‘The Best Servant By Far’
My latest column at The New York Times’s Disunion page is now available. The essay briefly explores the relationship between John Christopher Winsmith and his body servant, Spencer. The Winsmith letters are housed at the Museum of the Confederacy and offer an incredibly rich account of the war from a Confederate officer in the slaveholding class. I still plan at some point to publish the letters and/or write a biography of Winsmith.
This is my third column for the Disunion page. The first explored the challenges of using the Internet to do history and the second examined how I use battlefields to teach Civil War history. Hope you enjoy it.