Gettysburg’s Civil War Monuments “Merely Exist”

I love exploring the many monuments on the Gettysburg battlefield. While they were intended to commemorate the events that took place in July 1863, the monuments ultimately tell us much more about how the veterans and Americans decades later chose to remember their actions and the broader meaning of the war. Continue reading

 

New To the Civil War Memory Library, 06/26

On A Great BattlefieldCongratulations to my friend, Jennifer Murray, who just published her first book, On a Great Battlefield: The Making, Management, and Memory of Gettysburg National Military Park, 1933-2013, (University of Tennessee Press). Jen worked for nine seasons at Gettysburg as a seasonal interpretive ranger. She knows the battlefield like the back of her hand and Jen brings a wide range of sources to bear in telling this story. Any Gettysburg enthusiast is going to want a copy. I purchased my copy at CWI and spent a couple hours reading it on the battlefield. Congratulations, Jen.

Brooks Simpson, The Civil War in the East: Struggle, Stalemate, and Victory, (Potomac Books, 2013).

Susannah J. Ural, Don’t Hurry Me Down to Hades: The Civil War In The Words of Those Who Lived It, (Osprey, 2013).

Richard B. Williams ed., Stonewall’s Prussian Mapmaker: The Journals of Captain Oscar Hinrichs, (University of North Carolina Press, 2014).

Bonus: I am happy to report that fellow historian, blogger, and all around badass, Keith Harris’s first book, Across the Bloody Chasm: The Culture of Commemoration among Civil War Veterans, is slated for publication in November.

 

Civil War Institute, 2014

Back in Boston after 5 days at Gettysburg College’s Civil War Institute. I am exhausted and recharged. All of my presentations went well and I heard some wonderful talks, a few of which you can find on C-SPAN 3. Here are just a couple brief observations about the conference, which focused on the war in 1864. Continue reading

 

Gettysburg Bound

After three straight days of end-of-the-year faculty meetings I am very much looking forward to a long and quiet drive tomorrow morning to the annual Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College. This is my third year taking part in the conference as a member of the faculty. It’s been an incredible experience and I want to once again thank Peter Carmichael and the rest of the staff for the honor of being asked to participate.  Continue reading

 

Soldiering the Army of Northern Virginia

Here is a fairly recent interview with Joe Glatthaar about his latest book, Soldiering in the Army of Northern Virginia: A Statistical Portrait of the Troops Who Served under Robert E. Lee, which is the companion book to his massive study of the Army of Northern Virginia. Glatthaar touches on a number of things, including the number of deaths in the Civil War, desertion, and the army’s connection to slavery.

[Uploaded to YouTube on June 17, 2014]