Chet Bennett, Resolute Rebel: General Rosell S. Ripley, Charleston’s Gallant Defender (The University of South Carolina Press, 2017). Anthea Butler, White Evangelical Racism: The Politics of Morality in America (The University of North Carolina Press, 2021). Karen L. Cox, No Common Ground: Confederate Monuments and the Ongoing Fight for Racial Justice (The University of North Read more

Update: The chair has been returned undamaged. I certainly didn’t see this one coming. This week a group in Selma, Alabama turned a monument honoring Jefferson Davis into a toilet. Now there is a sentence I never thought I would write on this blog. :-) We’ve seen headlines such as “Ransom Note Threatens to Make Read more

I couldn’t be more thrilled to announce that A Glorious Fate: The Life and Legacy of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw is now under advance contract with The University of North Carolina Press. From the beginning I had little doubt that I wanted to work once again with Mark Simpson-Vos and the rest of the UNC Read more

This year we mark the 160th anniversary of the beginning of the American Civil War. You probably haven’t thought much about that, but if you are reading this post it is likely that you have thought a great deal about the legacy of the Civil War over the past few years. It has me wondering Read more

The Civil War Institute has been knocking it out of the park with their regular series of interviews with Civil War historians. This week’s interview with historian Katy Shively is no exception. Katy is currently working on a biography of Jubal Early. I’ve known about this project for quite some time, but only after listening Read more

William A. Darity Jr. and A. Kirsten Mullen, From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century (University of North Carolina Press, 2020). Kate Masur, Until Justice Be Done: America’s First Civil Rights Movement from the Revolution to Reconstruction (Norton, 2021). Tamika Y. Nunley, At the Threshold of Liberty: Women, Slavery, & Read more

Last week historian Stephen Berry joined John Heckman and Peter Carmichael for a fascinating conversation about the growing influence of digital history on the researching and writing of history. I am not even going to try to capture the richness of this discussion. Suffice it to say that it is well worth your time. Steve Read more

On this day in 1865 the Confederate government authorized the enlistment of slaves as soldiers. For many it’s an opportunity to take a shot at just how desperate the Confederacy had become by this point. It’s true. The military situation was certainly precarious at best and many people had given up hope on independence, but Read more

One of the many things I am enjoying as I research and write about Colonel Robert Gould Shaw is the sheer volume of source material that is readily available. His personal letters stretching back to the early 1850s have been catalogued and digitized by Harvard University. Most of his wartime letters have been published by Read more