Pic of the Day

This week the physical process of changing the name of Nathan Bedford Forrest to Westside High School began in Jacksonville, Florida.

Nathan Bedford Forrest High School

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Have You Seen This Virginia Flagger Cap?

Let’s hope this story has a happy ending for all parties involved. [click to continue…]

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Confederate Defeat and the Lost Cause

Not much going on today, but I did want to pass on a short video produced by the Florida Humanities Council that explores Confederate defeat and the evolution of the Lost Cause. It hits all the main points and is ideal for classroom use.

[Uploaded to YouTube on October 4, 2013]

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The Dark Side of the Civil War Needs To Lighten Up

Spotsylvania DeadI welcome the fact that the recent and ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have made it easier for Americans to explore some of the more unpleasant aspects of the American Civil War. Studies focusing on battlefield medicine are a welcome development as is the increase in studies of the experiences and challenges that veterans faced long after the war. It is with this in mind that I eagerly started to read Michael C.C. Adams’s new book, Living Hell: The Dark Side of the Civil War. Unfortunately, I am having trouble getting through it. [click to continue…]

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“Let Them Go To the Devil”: Desertion Among USCTs

Continuing with the theme of desertion [and here] from the past week here is a fascinating passage from Heny McNeal Turner, who served as an army chaplain for the United States Colored Troops. The following excerpt was written at Harrison’s Landing, Virginia on September  18, 1864 and appeared in The Christian Recorder a week later. [click to continue…]

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