The Pilgrims Caused the Civil War

Regardless of whether the first Thanksgiving began in Massachusetts or Virginia you can at least rest easy in knowing that this first generation of Americans is responsible for the Civil War.  Enter Dick Morris’s whacky world of American history at your own risk and have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.


Ten Years Ago Today…

on the beach in Ventnor, New Jersey

I made the best decision of my life and married the most beautiful woman in the world.


Robert E. Lee on Robert H. Milroy or Emancipation

Lincoln Writing the Proclamation of Freedom

I am really sorry to have missed last weekend’s “Years of Anguish” event in Fredericksburg organized by John Hennessy and including Gary Gallagher, Peter Carmichael, and Jeff McClurken.  Apparently, at some point during his presentation Gallagher commented on Lee’s views on slavery and emancipation with a reference to his January 10, 1863 message to James Seddon:

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The Historiography of Virginia, 1861

Volume in the Blackwell Series

One of the projects that I am currently working on is a historiographical piece for the Blackwell Companion to the U.S. Civil War edited by Aaron Sheehan-Dean and published by Wiley-Blackwell.  This is going to be released in two volumes, the first includes 34 chapters on “Battles and “Campaigns” with the remaining 30 divided between “Leaders”, “Politics and Society”, and “The Civil War in History”.  It looks like a great line-up of contributors, a few of whom stop by Civil War Memory on occasion.  This is my second project with Aaron.  Some of you may remember that I published a piece in The View from the Ground: Experiences of Civil War Soldiers, which examined the competing memories of Confederate veterans surrounding their experience at the Crater.

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The Confederate Flag Belongs To Rev. G.V. Clark

Rev. G.V. Clark of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Austin testifies before the Texas DMV board of directors against a Confederate flag license plate sponsored by the Sons of Confederate Veterans.  This is for anyone who believes that they alone or as a group have a monopoly on the meaning of the Confederate flag.