Howard Bahr, THE BLACK FLOWER: A Novel of the Civil War, (Nautical & Aviation Publishing, 1997).
Ronald S. Coddington, African American Faces of the Civil War: An Album, (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012).
Michele Gillespie, Katharine and R. J. Reynolds: Partners of Fortune in the Making of the New South, (University of Georgia Press, 2013).
Carol Reardon and Tom Vossler, A Field Guide to Gettysburg: Experiencing the Battlefield through Its History, Places, and People, (University of North Carolina Press, 2013).
Andrew L. Slap and Michael T. Smith, This Distracted and Anarchical People: New Answers for Old Questions about the Civil War-Era North, (Fordham University Press, 2013).
Yesterday my wife and I stopped briefly at the Pelham Chapel in Richmond, which is the site of the ongoing protest by a group that styles itself, the Virginia Flaggers. As many of you know their protest is focused on the recent removal of Confederate flags from outside the chapel itself. I was hoping to see some Flaggers in action, but in the end I am glad that they decided to take the day off. For the first time in my many visits the chapel was actually open. We weren’t able to spend too much time, but it is an impressive little building. Continue reading “Restore the Honor, Remove the Flaggers”
Worried about who your teenager idolizes? Well, now you can return them to the good old days of the Civil War and Southern chivalry with Lochlainn Seabrook’s book about Nathan Bedford Forrest that is geared specifically for teens.
Ride along with Forrest and get a firsthand look at his childhood in Tennessee, his teens in Mississippi, his first years away from home, his marriage and children, his multimillion dollar businesses, the start of the American “Civil War,” his enrollment in the Confederate army, and his rise to fame as a daring and successful Rebel officer. Thrill to the dramatic descriptions of General Forrest’s exploits on and off the battlefield as he and his courageous cavalry (which included 64 black Confederate soldiers) fought their way across the South defending hearth, home, honor, and the constitutional right of self-government.
Find out why the General’s men loved and respected him, why the Southern people looked up to him as their “Spiritual Comforter,” and why he freed his slaves years before Lincoln issued his fake and illegal Emancipation Proclamation. After Lincoln’s War, follow Forrest as he rebuilt his life from scratch, and helped the South regain her political power and dignity during the Yankees’ cruel and revengeful “Reconstruction” period. See how the great Confederate chieftain lived out his final years campaigning for black civil rights, giving generously to charities, forgiving the North, and working to heal the physical and emotional wounds left by the War for Southern Independence.
Along the way, you will learn the truth about Forrest and Southern slavery and about Lincoln’s War on the Constitution and the American people, truths that have been hidden for a century and a half by uneducated enemies of the South. Parents, you will enjoy reading this heavily illustrated compact little book as well, for it contains hundreds of important historical facts that neither you or your children were ever taught in school.
This guy’s basement press makes Pelican look mainstream. I’ve perused these titles in the past, but this one takes the cake. One wonders if the details behind that multimillion dollar business will be shared, but I won’t hold my breadth. I have no doubt that this represents a rearguard action in how we remember and teach the Civil War, but it is hard not to be sympathetic with the few who will fall under its spell at no fault of their own.
A number of people have picked up on a recent news item that two children of Union soldiers are still receiving monthly payments from the U.S. government. It certainly reminds us of how close we are to the generation that fought to preserve this nation, but what I have yet to see is any acknowledgment that the two recipients currently live in former Confederate states. All we know is that one lives in Tennessee and the other in North Carolina. It raises all sorts of questions. Did the families move after the war or were the soldiers in question Southern Unionists? Of course, we can’t answer that question, but I prefer the former.
Just a quick note to let all of you know that I am no longer featuring advertisements on the blog. The two remaining ads on the sidebar will be allowed to expire over the next few months and that will be it. I want to take the design of the site in a different direction. Thanks to everyone who took out an ad over the past three years, especially the Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, the University of North Carolina Press, Civil War Institute, Virginia Foundation For the Humanities and Civil War Trust. As far as I am concerned there was never a conflict of interest since I supported and used just about every product. The extra cash was a huge help, especially over the past two years as I transitioned to life here in Boston, but now that I’ve secured full-time employment for the coming school year that is no longer an immediate need. More on that later. Continue reading “Advertising at Civil War Memory”