Update: The book will be available for pre-order on or about May 1. At that point you should be able to order from your preferred online retailer. Of course, I will keep you up to date. Other than holding the actual book there is nothing quite like seeing your manuscript set for the final printing Read more

Last night in a resolution passed unanimously (47-0), the Ole Miss Associated Student Body Senate recommended that the Confederate statue be moved from its current location to a less visible one in the Confederate cemetery on campus. First, let’s recap where we are: The resolution is now one step closer to reaching Chancellor Larry Sparks’s Read more

The contextualization of Confederate monuments can take many forms. For public historians the preferred method is the addition of historical markers that help visitors better understand the individuals/organizations responsible for the monument and time in which it was dedicated. The goal here is education and often an unstated assumption that their placement will somehow defuse Read more

Update: The book blurbs are beginning to come in for Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth. I am honored to have Professor Brundage write in support of this project: “When parents discover that their school children are learning about black Confederates, when history buffs read a display at a historic site Read more

Yesterday a small rally of pro-Confederate white supremacist supporters rallied around the Confederate statue on the campus of the University of Mississippi. H.K. Edgerton even made an appearance. His presence could have easily overshadowed the media’s coverage of this event, but for what took place just a few steps away inside the sports arena, where Read more

I am just going to cut right to the chase. The city of Taneytown, Maryland is making a huge mistake in considering placing a Civil War memorial designed by Gary Casteel in their community. The design itself is unoriginal and even though it acknowledges African Americans it honors the Confederacy in a way that is Read more

While a cadet at West Point, Confederate General Stonewall Jackson kept a notebook that included a list of inspirational maxims. One of those included was the headline above. It’s often quoted during discussions about Jackson, buy why? More specifically, why do we bother at all to prop up Jackson as some kind of moral standard Read more

I had no idea that after all these years I am still living rent free in Susan Lee’s (formerly known as Susan Hathaway) head. I guess Susan Bedford Forrest was already taken [h/t KN]. During a recent presentation to the Sons of Confederate Veterans at the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum Lee referenced me as Read more

Update: Here are some details about yesterday’s vote. Earlier this evening the Dallas City Council voted 11 to 4 in favor of removing a large Confederate War Memorial located in the Convention Center District. The decision is a reminder that this debate about Confederate monuments is far from over. This is a large memorial. The Read more