Honoring Silas Chandler’s Memory

Next week PBS’s History Detectives will air an episode on the famous image of Andrew and Silas Chandler.  We anticipate that this episode will help to correct some of the […]

No, The Civil War Really Was About Slavery

[Hat-tip to Brett Holman] This video has been up on YouTube for a couple of days, but for some reason I didn’t bother to listen.  Thanks to Brett for passing […]

Civil War Remembrance 2.0

Fifty years ago Americans emerged from the Civil War Centennial with a collective narrative that fit neatly into a pervasive Cold War culture.  Though slightly bloodied and bruised this narrative […]

Servant or Soldier?

While modern day Lost Cause advocates of the black Confederate myth overwhelmingly refer to these men as soldiers, their preferred narrative falls right out of a late nineteenth-century fascination with […]

At the Heart of the Black Confederate Narrative

Here is a very, very rough excerpt from the introduction to Searching for Black Confederates in History and Memory: At one level the fight over the black Confederate narrative is […]

A Quick Thanks

Just wanted to take a minute to thank those of you who have purchased Civil War books through the Amazon sidebar widget and my new Civil War Memory library/store, which […]

The Crater You Don’t Know

Yesterday I finalized the selection of images that will appear in my forthcoming book, Remembering the Battle of the Crater: War as Murder.  Readers will recognize a number of them, […]

The Next Interpretive Challenge

This morning I read Jim Loewen’s brief report of his recent visit to Richmond to attend the annual meeting of the American Association for State and Local History.  He was […]

A Manuscript Gets a Cover

Even with all the work I’ve put into this project over the past few years, it’s funny how seeing the cover for the first time can finally make its impending […]

Saturday Night Live Interprets Camp Servants

Somehow I missed this recent SNL skit about the Civil War.  It’s kind of funny and even offers an interpretation of how camp servants ended up in some of those […]