Nice to see that Dimitri Rotov has had an opportunity to update Civil War Book News. I thought I might point out a few new titles in the area of Civil War memory that are worth examining. This particular field is in full swing since the 2001 publication of David Blight’s Race and Reunion. Blight’s Read more

Don Troiani’s Crater

Don Troiani’s “Mahone’s Counterattack” (Historical Art Prints, 2003) stands in sharp contrast to the early painting by Elder. The attack of the 6th Virginia Infantry figures prominently in both paintings; however, Troiani places USCT in the center of the action. Along with their white counterparts, USCT display their manhood as they stand in defiance of Read more

John Elder’s Crater

This is probably the most famous painting of the Crater and it was completed in 1869 by John Elder. Elder was born in 1833 and studied under Daniel Huntington in New York. The painting was commissioned by William Mahone who is best remembered for leading the successful Confederate counterattack that resulted in the retaking of Read more

What Should We Call It? — Part 2

Continuing from yesterday’s post on the Senate debate over the proper name for the Civil War. Mr. Money (Mississippi): I do not consider, having been a rebel from start to finish, that there is any particular odium in that phrase. George Washington was a rebel. Mr. Teller: Certainly Mr. Money: And so were all the Read more

What Should We Call It? — 2 Views

The next issue of North and South Magazine will include an article on the naming of the Civil War by John Coski.I am confident that Coski will bring the same analytical rigor that has come to define his work on the history of the Confederate battle flag.I recently came across a microfilm reel that included Read more

Another Perspective on McPherson

I make it a point to check out Dimitri Rotov’s blog at least once a day. He offers insightful observations about the state of Civil War publishing that any critical reader can appreciate. That said, I cannot for the life of me understand why he is so obsessed with James McPherson. As many of you Read more

Why Memory?

I am sometimes asked to explain my fascination with the study of Civil War memory. It comes down to an interest in how and why we form national narratives. There is an interesting psychological element in this that seems to have much in common with how each of us forms our own self-narratives. We are Read more

“What A Drag It Is Getting Old”

Well, my fall semester Civil War class is slowly winding down. Students are working to complete their research projects and I continue to deal with various stages of senioritis (most of my students in this class are seniors). That said, I am pleased with their progress. The other day we had a wonderful discussion that Read more

Remembering Lincoln

As many of you know yesterday was the Anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. I recently reread Frederick Douglass’s oration delivered at the unveiling of the Freedmen’s Monument in memory of Lincoln in Washington, D. C. on April 14, 1876. Lincoln continues to attract both adulation or vitriol from various camps in a way that Read more

Is Heritage History? – Part 2

Just a few follow-up thoughts to some of the comments from yesterday’s post. I am struck by the tendency on the part of some who equate southern history with white southern history. This is precisely where much of the tension lay in the debate over the renaming of various public spaces in the South. I Read more