I have absolutely no idea why I didn’t go to the annual meeting of the Southern Historical Association, which is taking place this weekend in St. Louis. The past two years I didn’t go for financial reasons, but other than not wanting to miss time in class I have no excuse.
I am left looking at Facebook pics and following #sha2013 tweets. This tweet from Diane Sommerville caught my attention.
Gary Gallagher says to teach the Civil War you must know what a company is. What the campaigns were. #SHA2013
— Diane M Sommerville (@ProfSommerville) November 1, 2013
It’s from a roundtable discussion that included Gallagher, Lesley Gordon, James Hogue, and Carol Reardon. The title struck me as somewhat strange: “Should Military History Be Central to the Study of the Civil War.” Given the scholarship of the panelists I have no doubt that it was well worth attending. In fact, I am hearing through the grapevine that it was indeed a lively discussion.
I guess I just find it strange that we are still debating this question.