Then Buster Kilrain Arrived…

This is what happens when you bring together the University of Maryland’s School of Business and the Gettysburg Foundation.  Additional tours explore the Crater and the challenges associated with hostile competition through Cold Mountain as well as a plantation tour that looks at worker management through Gone With the Wind.

I am sending this one out to my friend, Garry Adelman.  I know he will appreciate it.

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Lee

Monument Avenue, Richmond, Virginia

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Honoring Silas Chandler’s Memory

Grave of Silas Chandler

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 many myths that have revolved around these two individuals.  The famous photograph of Andrew and Silas is arguably the most popular image on the Web purporting to demonstrate the existence of thousands of loyal black slaves, who served in the Confederate army.  The research and writing that I conducted with Myra Chandler Sampson shows that this was not the case.  Silas served his master as he had done for his entire life.  Our research will be published in the 50th anniversary edition of Civil War Times magazine, which should be available in December.   We hope that both the PBS show, as well as our article, will help to correct some of the misconceptions about Silas and the larger subject of the role of slaves in the Confederate war effort.

In light of both these efforts, Ms. Sampson has asked me to publish a petition demanding that the SCV and UDC discontinue the practice of placing a Confederate flag and Iron Cross in front of Silas’s gravestone.

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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 it along.  He even manages to throw in a reference to black Confederates.  I think you are going to enjoy it.

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Civil War Remembrance 2.0

Stave Lake

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 retained strong Lost Cause and reconciliationist themes even as the civil rights movement reminded the nation on a daily basis of the war’s “unfinished business”.  Much of this can be explained by the limited numbers of voices that were heard during the centennial years as well as the influence of relatively few historical and cultural institutions.  This lent itself to a narrative that emphasized consensus surrounding the fundamental questions of Civil War remembrance.

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