Opening Remarks

Edward L. Ayers The goal of today’s panels is to understand how Americans viewed their world in 1859 without the knowledge of what was to come.  From this perspective, Lincoln […]

A Short Chat With Professor Charles Dew

Good morning and welcome to the University of Richmond for the first major event of the Civil War Sesquicentennial.  The Robbins Center is beginning to fill up and there is […]

See You in Richmond

Beginning tomorrow morning around 8:45am you can view a live webcast of Virginia’s first “Signature Conference” commemorating the Civil War Sesquicentennial from the Robbins Center at the University of Richmond.  […]

“Magnolia Morning”

I thought we might start the week off with a scene of peace and beauty. “It was the morning of great dreams and the day of high hopes. The night […]

Civil War Sesquicentennial Fast Approaching

I am counting down the days for Wednesday’s much-anticipated inaugural event of the Civil War Sesquicentennial.  Virginia is far ahead of the pack in organizing events for this 4-year commemoration.  […]

Robert E. Lee Has Never Been So Cheap

Yesterday I picked Jon Meacham’s Pulitzer Prize winning biography, American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House as well as Susan Jacoby’s The Age of American Unreason.  On the way […]

Was That Really Necessary, Mr. Councilman?

I‘ve said before that the best place to display a Confederate flag is in a museum where it can be properly interpreted.  It’s always surprised me that given the divisive […]

Spring Is In the Air

I can always tell when the school year is beginning to wind down by looking around campus.  The campus explodes with an array of colors.  The flowers are beginning to […]