Civil War Culture

While a cadet at West Point, Confederate General Stonewall Jackson kept a notebook that included a list of inspirational maxims. One of those included was the headline above. It’s often quoted during discussions about Jackson, buy why? More specifically, why do we bother at all to prop up Jackson as some kind of moral standard Read more

I had no idea that after all these years I am still living rent free in Susan Lee’s (formerly known as Susan Hathaway) head. I guess Susan Bedford Forrest was already taken [h/t KN]. During a recent presentation to the Sons of Confederate Veterans at the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum Lee referenced me as Read more

Update: Here are some details about yesterday’s vote. Earlier this evening the Dallas City Council voted 11 to 4 in favor of removing a large Confederate War Memorial located in the Convention Center District. The decision is a reminder that this debate about Confederate monuments is far from over. This is a large memorial. The Read more

For some of my colleagues in the field of public history this week’s news on the Confederate monument debate front highlights the tension between education and racial justice. First, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill removed the pedestal on which Silent Sam once stood before it was removed last August. In Alabama a Read more

Last week the Washington Post published a long expose about Frank Earnest, who is one of the most vocal members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. The piece, written by Paul Duggan is well written, entertaining, and full of colorful anecdotes about his own deeply personal relationship with the history and memory of the Confederacy Read more

I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge the defeat of Republican Corey Stewart in Virginia last night. His Senate race against Democrat Tim Kaine was called right after polls closed. No politician has embraced the memory of the Confederacy more openly than Stewart over the past few years. This transplant from Minnesota was welcomed Read more

The “Harvest” of 1958 and 2018

The following editorial is being reprinted today in a couple of newspapers and given its focus I wanted to make sure it was archived here at Civil War Memory. In it The Atlanta Constitution Editor Ralph McGill shared his thoughts in response to the bombing of The Temple synagogue on Peachtree Street on October 12, 1958 Read more

I think it’s great that a student can sit down with a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and talk about Civil War history and their respective understanding of the controversy surrounding the Silent Sam statue on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. Unfortunately, the video leaves the viewer with the impression that the statements made Read more

Last year Mississippi Judge Carlos Moore ordered that the state flag be removed from his courtroom owing to its inclusion of the Confederate flag. In the past few weeks Judge Moore added a new flag to his courtroom, which you can learn more about in the video below. Turns out the judge and I worked Read more

Last night at a political rally in Ohio President Donald Trump veered off into another one of his confusing tangents in American history, specifically the Civil War. The man could easily do an episode of Drunk History on the history of the American Civil War without consuming a single drink. Included in his commentary was Read more