Merry Christmas From Civil War Memory

I have much to be thankful for this year. Thanks for your continued support and for making Civil War Memory part of your online travels. Hope all of you will have a chance to spend part of the Holiday Season with family and friends. Wishing all of you a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

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Bonus: Feel free to caption this lovely Christmas card.

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Virginia Flaggers “Restore the Honor” One Racist Statement at a Time

Want to know why the Virginia Flaggers are not taken seriously in Richmond? It’s because underneath the rhetoric of “Restore the Honor” and “Heritage Not Hate” there is a great deal of racism. Grayson Jennings is a vocal member of the Flaggers. Here is his response to the recent decision in Jacksonville, Florida to change the name of Nathan Bedford Forrest High School. Yes, and that is Barry Isenhour, another prominent Flagger.  You could spend quite a bit of time unpacking Jenning’s post.

Virginia FlaggersSometimes I wonder why Karen Cooper (only black Flagger) associates with these people. What a shame. It seems like just last week that I was applauding the Flaggers.

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The Next President of the College of Charleston?

McConnell, Confederate reenactor

Photo taken at the 2010 meeting of the National Federation of Republican Women in Charleston, SC.

Update: Interesting story on the pressure that is being exerted by McConnell’s allies on College of Charleston.

The College of Charleston is looking for a new president and a number of state legislators are pushing the school to consider Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell. The question raised in this article is whether his involvement with Confederate heritage groups and support of the Confederate flag reflects the school’s values and commitment to diversity. McConnell has to apply for the position by Jan. 14, but if he does the outcome of his candidacy will tell us a great deal about the state of Confederate heritage in South Carolina politics and culture. [click to continue…]

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Plantation Monopoly

I grew up in the city that serves as the setting for the Monopoly board game. I worked on the Boardwalk through high school, hung out in Marvin Gardens with friends, and failed miserably at picking up girls along Ventnor Avenue. Check out this creative interpretation of the game that was done by an artist based in Charleston, South Carolina.

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“Blue-Gray Gush” From the Bay State

On November 13, 1911 Union and Confederate veterans met on the Crater battlefield to dedicate a monument to all Massachusetts units that took part in the Petersburg Campaign. Alfred S. Roe delivered the dedication address and, not surprisingly, used the occasion to reinforce a public face of reconciliation with a narrative that reminded the audience of their shared history. We are talking major “gush”.  I am using this event to open my essay on Massachusetts soldiers who fought at the Crater. [click to continue…]

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