Kevin Levin

Earlier this month I shared some information about the important work that historian Barbara Gannon and her students at the University of Central Florida are doing to identify and honor the Black and white Union soldiers buried in a mass grave on the Olustee battlefield in Florida. Dr. Gannon and a few of her students Read more

First, thanks to Terry Johnston at The Civil War Monitor magazine for once again giving me the opportunity to share some of my favorite Civil War books of 2021. You can read it for yourself for a brief description of each category, but here they are: Top Pick, Caroline Janney, Ends of War: The Unfinished Read more

Last week historian Barbara Gannon delivered the keynote address at the “Crossroads of Memory” conference hosted by the University of Mississippi. It was a fascinating talk. In it she shared the work that she and her students are doing at the University of Central Florida to identify the burial site of black and white United Read more

John Bodnar, Divided By Terror: American Patriotism After 9/11 (University of North Carolina Press, 2021). Stephen Cushman, The Generals’ Civil War: What Their Memoirs Can Teach Us Today (University of North Carolina Press, 2021). Ada Ferrer, Cuba: An American History (Scribner, 2021) Christopher Grasso, Teacher, Preacher, Soldier, Spy: The Civil Wars of John R. Kelso Read more

Earlier today I came across this wonderful postcard featuring the Jefferson Davis monument on Richmond’s Monument Avenue. This street view captures a great deal of detail, but it also serves as a reminder of the extent to which the monuments themselves shaped the surrounding physical landscape as well as the memory of the war. This Read more

Yesterday the Sons of Confederate Veterans reinterred the remains of Confederate general and Klan leader Nathan Bedford Forrest and his wife on the grounds of their headquarters and new museum at Elm Springs in Columbia, Tennessee. Forrest is the most controversial of all Confederate military leaders owing to his involvement in the slave trade, the Read more

William A. Blair, The Record of Murders and Outrages: Racial Violence and the Fight Over Truth at the Dawn of Reconstruction (University of North Carolina Press, 2021). Mike Duncan, Hero of Two Worlds: The Marquis de Lafayette in the Age of Revolution (Public Affairs, 2021). Allen Guelzo, Robert E. Lee: A Life (Knopf, 2021). Caroline Read more

A Tough Week For The Virginia Flaggers

Last week must have have been a difficult one for The Virginia Flaggers as they watched the Robert E. Lee monument being removed from atop its pedestal and unceremoniously sliced in half. Its removal leaves the city’s famed Monument Avenue without any representation of the Confederacy for the first time since 1890. Who would have Read more

It is hard to believe that the next time I visit Richmond the Robert E. Lee monument will no longer rise over Monument Avenue. This morning the state of Virginia removed the monument from where it has looked out over the city since 1890. I run the risk of being misinterpreted, but I am mourning Read more

Last week John Hennessy retired from the National Park Service. His career spanned 40 years, beginning at the Manassas National Battlefield Park and ending as the Chief Historian/Chief of Interpretation at the Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park. It is hard to think of anyone who has had more of an influence on how I Read more