Many of you have emailed over the past few months asking for an update about this manuscript. Earlier today I received the reader reports from the University of North Carolina Press for Searching For Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth. Both reports recommended that the manuscript should be published with some necessary revisions Read more

This week 60 Minutes aired an episode on the ongoing debate about Confederate monuments. It comes just a little over a week before the publication of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s book, In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History. It is one of the best short segments on the subject. The interviews Read more

After reading the coverage of the controversy surrounding two Confederate-themed murals at an elementary school in Crossville, Tenneessee I decided to write a short essay for The Daily Beast. Thanks again to Daniel Weinfeld, who pointed me to evidence gathered by James Loewen that suggests that Crossville was once a sundown town. It adds important Read more

Update: Thanks to Dan Weinfeld for sending along this link, which identifies Crossville, Tennesse as a possible Sundown Town. This certainly adds some important historical context to this particular discussion. It would be easy to conclude that the backlash against Confederate monuments and the battle flag has died down since this past summer. You would Read more

Earlier this month Denton county (Texas) commissioners accepted recommendations to alter a Confederate monument located on the grounds of the local courthouse. The decision follows roughly twenty years of protest by local activist Willie Hudspeth. This short video produced by Vice follows Hudspeth’s efforts to remove the monument. It’s well done and does a good Read more

This might be the clearest example of the distinction between history and memory that I have ever come across. It’s not unusual to employ memory of the Civil War to run for and maintain office in South Carolina. Not too long ago two Republican state legislators proposed erecting a monument to the state’s loyal black Read more

I really appreciate readers and friends who continue to send me references related to the myth of the black Confederate soldier and history of camp servants (slaves). This is the first piece of evidence, however, that I have seen of a Confederate veteran, who placed a newspaper ad looking for information about his former camp Read more

Congratulations to Andrew Bledsoe and Andrew Lang on bringing their forthcoming collection of essays one step closer to publication. Yesterday the editors shared the cover art for Upon the Fields of Battle: Essays on the Military History of America’s Civil War, which will be published later this year by LSU Press. This volume brings together Read more

This is a wonderful conversation between historians David Blight and Thavolia Glymph about the Civil War and the process of emancipation. It centers around a new book of essays edited by Blight and Jim Downs called Beyond Freedom: Disrupting the History of Emancipation (University of Georgia Press, 2017). The essays bring together historians who took Read more

David W. Blight ed., When This Cruel War Is Over: The Civil War Letters of Charles Harvey Brewster (University of Massachusetts Press, 1992). John A. Farrell, Richard Nixon: The Life (Vintage, 2017). Noam Maggor, Brahmin Capitalism: Frontiers of Wealth and Populism in America’s First Gilded Age (Harvard University Press, 2017). Bryant Simon, The Hamlet Fire Read more