“Let Me Explain Something To You”

This young man seems to be quite convinced that the war was not about slavery.  I am going to have to go back and review everything I’ve read.  Warning: This […]

Father’s Flag

What follows is James Southard’s interpretation of his video. 

Not A Single Former Slave Involuntarily Removed

Here is something to think about from James Oakes’s Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States, 1861-1865. It is not hard to understand the flurry of support […]

What More Needs To Be Said About Gettysburg?

…apparently very little. With the Future of Civil War History conference right around the corner it should come as no surprise that I’ve had Gettysburg on my mind.  I am […]

The Future of USCTs at Civil War Sites

What follows are a few thoughts in response to the position papers of my fellow panelists, who will join me next week at Gettysburg College to talk about how we […]

When Memory and History Collide

I got a kick out of this short editorial by Kevin Cullen in Danville, Illinois, who recently went looking for information about an ancestor that served in the Confederate army. […]

New To the Civil War Memory Library, 03/02

Howard Bahr, The Judas Field: A Novel of the Civil War, (Picador, 2006). William A. Dobak, Freedom by the Sword: The U.S. Colored Troops, 1862-1867, (Center of Military History, 2011). […]