Civil War Culture

I can't think of a better example of the dramatic shift that has taken place in recent years in our understanding of slavery's central place in our collective memory of the Civil War. Fort Monroe offers the National Park Service a unique opportunity to think carefully about how they are going to establish a relationship [...]

Yesterday I had a chance to read through the final version of the Silas Chandler article for the 50th anniversary of Civil War Times magazine, which will be published in a few weeks.  Other than a few minor changes we are all set.  The layout looks great, which is a testament to the hard work [...]

Among the images that Civil War Times magazine has chosen to use for my co-authored article with Myra Chandler Sampson about Andrew and Silas Chandler includes the well-known t-shirt by Dixie Outfitters.  We wanted to use something that reflects the story's popularity as well as the mythology that surrounds the two.  This one has got [...]

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park's Youth Ambassador Program created a song and video about the 54th Regiment.  This is pretty good.

Just wrapped up another productive week at the Massachusetts Historical Society with collections related to the 55th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.  There is something to researching real black Civil War soldiers as opposed to deconstructing silly claims about fictitious black Confederate soldiers.  The MHS has an impressive collection of correspondence among the unit's officers.  In addition, [...]