Kevin Collier’s Lost Cause

It’s nice to see that Robert Moore has had some time to publish a few blog posts in the midst of his pursuit of an advanced degree in digital history. As always, he is thoughtful and offers an important perspective that is worth considering. Yesterday he offered a few words about Kevin Collier, who refuses to turn in his SCV vanity plate in Virginia. You may remember that Virginia discontinued this particular plate a few years ago owing to the display of the SCV’s logo, which includes a Confederate battle flag. [click to continue…]

What Have You Learned?

That is the question posed to a group of historians by the Civil War Trust in this brief video. I was asked this question back in 2014 while in Petersburg for the 150th anniversary of the battle of the Crater.

So, what is the big thing that you have learned as a result of studying the Civil War era?

The Wrong Email Address and a New Calendar

Yesterday I received the following email:

Dear Compatriot,

I am — —, treasurer of the SCV Edmund W. Pettus Camp in Alexander City, Alabama. One of our members has donated to the I-65 Flag Preservation Fund. I am not sure where to send the donation.

Can you provide a contact and address?

Thank You

I think he has the wrong email address. So, where would you have his donation sent?

And in other news out of the whacky world of the Confederate heritage community: It’s never too early to start your Christmas shopping. The 2017 Order of Confederate Rose calendar will make for the perfect stocking stuffer.

Charlottesville’s Civil War Monument Debate

My former home of Charlottesville, Virginia is in the middle of a community discussion about the future of its Confederate monuments. The city recently established a special “Blue Ribbon” commission to research the subject, hold community hearings, and offer final recommendations. From what I can tell it has been a healthy discussion and likely will serve as a model for how other communities might proceed. [click to continue…]

Federal Judge Denounces Confederate Battle Flag

Earlier today a Federal judge dismissed a lawsuit that sought to have the Confederate battle emblem on the Mississippi flag declared an unconstitutional relic of slavery. According to U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves the plaintiff was unable to show that the flag had caused a “cognizable legal injury.” The Confederate Heritage folks will certainly applaud the decision, but they probably shouldn’t get too excited about the outcome. [click to continue…]

From Enslaved Cook to Food Service Specialist

As I noted in the proposal for my black Confederates book, there are a small number of vanity or self-published books on the subject that have managed to garner a certain amount of attention and approval. The best examples are the volumes published by Pelican Press. One of the books that I am currently wading through is a self-published book by Greg Eanes. Eanes is a retired Air Force Colonel who holds an M.A. in Military History from American Military University. [click to continue…]

Searching For Black Confederate Soldiers: A Book Proposal

Former Camp Slaves Attend Confederate Veterans Reunion in Tampa

Former Camp Slaves Attend Confederate Veterans Reunion in Tampa

In the next few weeks I am hoping to announce a book deal for my black Confederates project. In the meantime I decided to post the proposal to give you a better sense of the scope of the book. One of the things that I have tried to do is be as transparent as possible, in part to give you a sense of how the process works, but also to give you the opportunity to share your own thoughts. I benefited from your feedback while writing my Crater book and I have no doubt that it will be helpful here as well. [click to continue…]

New to the Civil War Memory Library, 09/03

Blood in the WaterMatthew Mason, Apostle of Union: A Political Biography of Edward Everett (University of North Carolina Press, 2016).

Carol Reardon and Tom Vossler, A Field Guide to Antietam: Experiencing the Battlefield through Its History, Places, and People (University of North Carolina Press, 2016).

Timothy Sweet ed., Literary Cultures of the Civil War (University of Georgia Press, 2016).

Alan Taylor, American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750-1804 (W.W. Norton & Company, 2016).

Heather Ann Thompson, Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy (Pantheon, 2016). I cannot recommend this book highly enough. I picked it up on the day it was published a little less than two weeks ago and couldn’t put it down. It is a long, but incredibly fast-paced book. Thompson drops her reader into the events that immediately preceded the uprising at Attica and from then on it is just a matter of buckling up for the rest of the ride. This is one of the few history books that left me with a strong sense of “bearing witness” to an important moment in recent American history.