Happy Lee-Jackson Day

From the Richmond Planet, June 7, 1890: The negro was in the Northern processions on Decoration Day and in the Southern ones, if only to carry buckets of ice-water.  He […]

The Civil War is Alive and Well in Italy

This past spring I had the pleasure of welcoming one of my blog readers from Italy who is both a high school history teacher and an avid Civil War enthusiast.  […]

“Long-Legged Yankee Lies”

I posted this back in March 2006, but decided to showcase it since my Civil War Memory classes will be meeting today to discuss James McPherson’s essay on the UDC […]

Confederate Drill Team (1961)

It should be abundantly clear after viewing this video why the Virginia Sesquicentennial Commission hopes to steer clear of reenactments.  Nothing like going to see a Confederate drill team show […]

Obama and Civil War Memory

A few months ago I speculated on how an Obama victory might affect how we remember our Civil War.  I suggested that the election of our first black president (regardless […]

If You Don’t Stop, You’ll Go Blind

Update: Looks like Williams has uncovered more evidence in support of the popularity and pervasiveness of A People’s History in college classrooms.  What evidence?  It turns out his publisher says […]

The Best Jobs in the U.S.

I don’t need to be told by some independent source that I have an awesome job.  Still, it doesn’t hurt to have it confirmed. 1. Mathematician 2. Actuary 3. Statistician […]

Upcoming Roundtable Talk

For those of you in the Fredericksburg area I will be speaking to the Rappahannock Valley Civil War Roundtable this coming Monday evening.  I’ve cut back on roundtable visits for […]

The Death of Robert E. Lee

It’s been a strange experience teaching the history and memory of Lee to my two Civil War Memory sections.  We are going to spend at least 10 days with Lee […]