I’ve always been just a little jealous of those of you whose connection to the Civil War¬† can be traced back to a family visit to a Civil War battlefield or through reading a book such as the American Heritage Picture History of the Civil War. For me it was a random visit to the Read more

This past week the city of Pittsboro, North Carolina removed a Confederate statue from in front of the courthouse. It had stood on public property since 1907. The removal brought out a small group of people representing both sides of the issue, but overall there appears to have been little impact on the community itself Read more

Was Robert Gould Shaw a Peeping Tom?

Over the past few weeks I’ve been working away at constructing Robert Gould Shaw’s early life. I don’t know how much time I will spend on it in the biography, but I am looking for anything that might help me better understand his later development during the war. Luckily, his letters have been digitized by Read more

Like many of you out there I am sad to hear of the passing of Dr. James I. Robertson. He enjoyed a long and respectable career at Virginia Tech and touched many people with his passion for Civil War history in the classroom, on the radio, and on countless battlefield tours. One of the first Read more

In case you missed the latest update, I recently learned that UNC Press has ordered a second printing of Searching for Black Confederates. I still have signed/personalized copies available for purchase if you are interested. Anne C. Bailey, The Weeping Time: Memory and the Largest Slave Auction in American History (Cambridge University Press, 2017). Kathleen Read more

This morning I am getting ready to head to the airport for a flight home to Boston after three wonderful days in North Carolina that included talks and interviews in Chapel Hill, Raleigh, and Pembroke. These extended trips are exhausting, but it has given me the opportunity to meet and talk with some wonderful people Read more

Today I am headed to North Carolina for three talks. Later this afternoon I will stop at North Carolina State University. Tomorrow¬†it’s the University of North Carolina-Pembroke and on Wednesday evening I will be at FlyLeaf Books in Chapel Hill. I hope some of you can make it. This video is as confused an interpretation Read more

Now Available: Signed/personalized copies of Searching for Black Confederates. Contact me here for all the details. On Tuesday evening I finished up an 8-day book tour at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture in Richmond. It was the perfect place to wrap up this leg of the tour. A large crowd showed up and Read more

The current issue of Civil War Times magazine asks a handful of people whether interest in the Civil War has declined in recent years. This appears to have been prompted by a recent Wall Street Journal article that answered this question in the affirmative. Needless to say, there were a number of problems with its Read more