Walking in Lincoln’s Footsteps

I had an incredible time in Springfield, Illinois this past weekend. Thanks to Sam Wheeler, who is the Research Historian for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, for inviting me to speak at Friday’s Luncheon. Sam was an incredibly gracious host. My talk on Louis Martin and the Crater went over very well. The audience asked thoughtful questions and I even managed to sell some books. Most of my time, however, was spent walking through the city and touring sites associated with Lincoln. It was such a thrill walking through Lincoln’s home, the Old State House, and his final resting place. I also visited the Abraham Lincoln museum and will write up a short review very soon. [click to continue…]

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New To the Civil War Memory Library, 09/24

Rebel YellBarbara Berenson, Boston and the Civil War: Hub of the Second Revolution (History Press, 2014).

Graham Dozier ed., A Gunner in Lee’s Army: The Civil War Letters of Thomas Henry Carter (University of North Carolina Press, 2014).

Harold Holzer, Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion (Simon and Schuster, 2014).

James McPherson, Embattled Rebel: Jefferson Davis as Commander in Chief (Penguin, 2014).

Ethan Rafuse, Manassas: A Battlefield Guide (Bison, 2014).

Heather Cox Richadson, To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party (Basic, 2014).

Craig Warren, The Rebel Yell: A Cultural History (University of Alabama Press, 2014).

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Is This Text Appropriate for the Classroom?

I consider myself lucky to work in a History Department that reflects seriously on pedagogy and has command of their respective subject areas. Today I decided to share the opening of chapter 7 in Edward Baptists new book, which as you know I’ve been reading and commenting on over the past few weeks. We talked quite a bit about it and at one point the question of whether it is appropriate for our classrooms arose. [click to continue…]

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“I’m Proud To Be a Confederate, Where We Still Have Slavery”

I don’t watch the animated series, “Squidbillies”, but I can’t resist it when the topic is the Civil War and memory. This is not the first time that the show has taken on the subject. In this brief clip the gang pokes fun at the light show displayed on the face of Stone Mountain in Georgia. Enjoy. Well, at least some of you. :-)

[Uploaded to YouTube on September 19, 2014]

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Remembering Pvt. Louis Martin in the Land of Lincoln

On Thursday I am heading to Springfield, Illinois for the Conference on Illinois History. I was invited to give a luncheon talk on Private Louis Martin, who was severely wounded at the Crater, and who is buried in an unmarked grave in Oak Ridge Cemetery near Lincoln’s final resting place. A gravestone was recently dedicated in the cemetery. I am super excited as this will my first visit to Lincoln’s home town. I am well on my way to finishing the talk, but I thought I would share a bit from the opening. Feel free to comment. [click to continue…]

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