Civil War Culture

It should come as no surprise that Representative Benton is a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.  This past weekend an SCV camp in South Carolina honored a slave for his "service" to the Confederacy.  Unfortunately, his personal history has no significance or meaning beyond the vague references that support the SCV's narrow and [...]

Looks like the Virginia General Assembly has been busy with resolutions about the Civil War era.  Last week I shared Sen. Henry Marsh's resolution that would set aside a day to honor Abraham Lincoln and today I bring to you another resolution sponsored by Marsh that would honor black Virginians, who served in state government [...]

I highly recommend heading over to Richard Williams's Old Virginia Blog for a thoughtful commentary on the Lincoln Day resolution.  Richard points out what he sees as an inconsistency between how Governor Robert McDonnell's Confederate History Day proclamation was received and Sen. Marsh's Lincoln resolution.  Let's be clear that this story has yet to hit [...]

This post is a few years old, but given the recent discussion about a possible Lincoln Day in Virginia I thought it was worth re-posting. I highly recommend Barry Schwartz's new book, Abraham Lincoln in the Post-Heroic Era: History and Memory in Late Twentieth-Century America (University of Chicago Press, 2009). There is an interesting section [...]

Just a quick update for those of you following the ongoing discussion in Richmond over whether to set aside a day to honor Abraham Lincoln.  The original bill can be found here.  There have been reports that the senate decided against the bill, but what follows is an update from Jeffry Burden, who is involved [...]