21st Century Southern Belles

This looks to be a fairly interesting documentary.  Here is a brief description: The Civil War may be long over, but the spirit of rebellion is hard to extinguish even […]

North Carolina Takes a Stand on Arming Slaves

Update: Andy Hall has an interesting post up on the absence of any significant debate on the arming of slaves in Texas. Philip Dillard recently wrote an essay that analyzes […]

I Think the Days of Slavery Are Numbered

Yesterday I shared a short excerpt from the John H. Claiborne letters, which are located in Special Collections at the University of Virginia.  I was looking for one particular letter […]

I Thank God I am a Virginian

I am writing from the Special Collections Department at the University of Virginia, where I am going through some files related to body servants and impressed slaves.  Here is a […]

Talking Past One Another

Looks like the Associated Press has picked up another story about the myth of black Confederates out of North Carolina.  It includes what has become the standard fair: Black man […]

A Fictional Depiction That Includes True Facts

Why settle for one fictional account of a black Confederate soldier when you can have two?  The latest offering comes from Robert Broome, Jr. who recently self-published his book, My […]

A Few Thoughts About Bruce Catton

I am about half-way through Bruce Catton’s A Stillness at Appomattox and I am enjoying it immensely.  While I’ve read a few essays and sections of various books this is […]