I wanted to share with you a brand new survey of the American Civil War authored by Gary Gallagher and Joan Waugh that is suitable for both high school and college history classrooms. Even given the notoriety of its authors the book is likely to fall through the cracks given that it is not being released by a major publisher.
Today I received a complimentary copy of Donald Frazier’s most recent book, Blood on the Bayou: Vicksburg,Port Hudson,and the Trans-Mississippi(State House Press, 2015). Don recently contacted me with a question of whether I had ever heard of slaves being impressed specifically as camp servants. I have not. I am certainly aware of the steps taken by the Confederate government during the war that resulted in tens of thousands of slaves being impressed to work on various military related projects. [click to continue…]
I spoke at the museum last September and had a chance to hold this specific weapon with the assistance of Wayne Motts, who is the museum’s director. Wayne and the rest of the staff have done a fabulous job promoting Civil War history in the Harrisburg area under conditions that any public historian can appreciate. The permanent exhibit is well executed and offers a comprehensive overview of the war, Reconstruction and memory. [click to continue…]