What the Yankees Did To Who?

While in Gettysburg I picked up Stephen Davis’s most recent book, What the Yankees Did to Us: Sherman’s Bombardment and Wrecking of Atlanta (Mercer University Press, 2012). The book has received mixed reviews, but I decided to give it a chance. While the book thus far lacks an analytical edge those of you looking for excruciatingly detailed descriptions of pre-war and wartime Atlanta will be rewarded. It’s not that I don’t appreciate the many anecdotes included in the book, it’s that I also expect a historian to provide a close analysis of these sources. [click to continue…]

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All It Takes is a Hoop Skirt and Uniform

This weekend was my first opportunity to visit Gettysburg on the anniversary of the battle. My wife and I had an incredible weekend with much of it spent on the battlefield. I so enjoyed finally having the opportunity to share this battlefield with her. Both of us were struck by the number of reenactors and impersonators in town on the anniversary weekend. They were everywhere. I saw multiple U.S. Grants at Little Round Top, Cemetery Ridge and our hotel. [click to continue…]

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Happy 4th of July

Wishing all of you a safe and happy 4th of July.

Grant enters Vicksburg, July 4, 1863

Grant enters Vicksburg, July 4, 1863, Mort Kunstler

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Heading to Gettysburg… Again

Tomorrow my wife and I head to Gettysburg for the weekend. On Saturday afternoon at 3:30 I will deliver a presentation (followed by a book signing at 4:30) as part of the Gettysburg Foundation’s Sacred Trust Talks on the massacre of United States Colored Troops by Confederates at the Crater. It looks like an amazing line-up of speakers. I have the unenviable task and honor of following James I. Robertson, but hopefully some people will stick around for my talk. This year the Gettysburg Foundation is going to host a live streaming of every speaker between Friday and Sunday and each talk will eventually be available on YouTube and Vimeo. [click to continue…]

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Confederate Veterans Parade in Jacksonville (1914)

One hundred years ago last month Confederate veterans gathered in Jacksonville, Florida for a reunion. Around 50,000 people took part in the festivities. The video below contains just under 17 minutes of footage from the parade and it is incredible.

[Video uploaded to YouTube on July 1, 2014]

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