Yesterday I received a new box of Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth. You can order a personalized copy direct from me and I will get it right out to you. Please support your local bookstores. Lyndsay M. Chervinsky, The Cabinet: George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution (Harvard Read more

Civil War Memory 101 (Week 4)

This discussion will take place on Twitter on April 19th at 8pm #CWM101 This week we are going to discuss chapter 4 in Caroline Janney’s book, Remembering the Civil War: Reunion and the Limits of Reconciliation. This chapter focuses on the dedication of some of the first Union monuments, the birth of the GAR and Read more

It finally happened. I don’t know if Virginia Governor Ralph Northam waited for April, which has traditionally been the month when states celebrate Confederate Heritage Month, to sign this bill, but I thank him. Yesterday, the governor signed a bill that allows communities across the state to decide whether their Confederate monuments still reflect the Read more

Confederate Heritage Month Lite

Many are expressing shock and surprise that Mississippi governor Tate Reeves chose to sign a proclamation designating April as Confederate Heritage Month. Clearly, these people know nothing about Mississippi.   I can certainly understand the frustration, but what once again stands out to me is the proclamation’s watered down and meaningless language. These proclamations go Read more

Civil War Memory 101 (Week 3)

Welcome to Week 3 of #CWM101, which will take place on Twitter on Sunday, April 12th at 8pm. One of the things that I really appreciate in these early chapters of Caroline Janney’s Remembering the Civil War: Reunion and the Limits of Reconciliation is its emphasis on the war years. This focus drives home the Read more

Update: A number of you have asked about purchasing personalized copies of Searching for Black Confederates through PayPal. I finally got around to setting it up and a new box of books is scheduled to arrive early next week. I will also include a free copy of The Civil War Monitor magazine while supplies last Read more

The Virginia Flaggers are celebrating the beginning of Confederate History and Heritage Month. Unfortunately, they seem to be unaware of the fact that the Commonwealth of Virginia no longer officially recognizes it. Now before you blame or praise the Democrats, who now control the state assembly, it might be worth remembering that it was a Read more

Civil War Memory 101 (Week 2)

Next Class: Sunday April 5 at 8pm. We are going to continue this week with chapter 2 in Janney’s Remembering the Civil War: Reunion and the Limits of Reconciliation. This chapter explores the major events at the end of the war that shaped Reconstruction, but also provided a foundation for the early formation of competing Read more

Civil War Memory 101 (Week 1)

Introduction With so many of you hunkering down in your homes I thought it might be a good idea to move forward with my idea to offer a course/discussion group on twitter on the topic of Civil War memory. I’ve had difficulty focusing on my own research and have been looking for ways to connect Read more

I hope that all of you are safe and doing well during this very difficult period. Here are some new books that have come my way that you might find enjoyable. All of my talks for March, April, and May have been cancelled, which means that I have plenty of copies of Searching for Black Confederates Read more