Black Confederates? Part 2

The obvious answer is that black support for the Confederacy goes hand-in-hand with the widely held belief that slavery was a benevolent institution overseen by paternalistic slave owners. Bruce Levine’s […]

Black Confederates?

In the introduction of his biography, The Ordeal of Thomas Hutchinson, Bernard Bailyn attempted to explain how distance from the historical event shapes the interpretation. According to Bailyn, early histories […]

Civil War As Entertainment

Few things bother me more than watching people get their kicks off of some aspect of the Civil War. It is difficult to define my frustration, so let me share […]

Why High School History?

Not too long ago I ran into one of my student’s parents in a local bookstore. It was a casual discussion that eventually turned to my interests in the Civil […]

Student Research Wrap-Up

My Civil War students are now in the final stages of their research projects based on the Valley of the Shadow project out of the University of Virginia. As discussed […]

Overview of Crater Manuscript

I am at the beginning stages of the final chapter of my book manuscript on postwar commemorations and memory of the Battle of the Crater. The final chapter will bring […]