Category Archives: Civil War Historians

Remembering Hari Jones

Harold “Hari” Jones (1958-2018)

While overseas last week I learned of the untimely passing of Hari Jones. Hari is best known for his work with the African American Civil War Freedom Foundation and Museum in Washington, D.C. You have likely seen him on any number of C-SPAN recordings and other videos about the Civil War. He was a tireless advocate of the USCT story and he will be greatly missed.

I first met Hari back in 2009 during the research phase for my book on the history and memory of the battle of the Crater. I interviewed a number of African Americans about what they had learned about the USCT story growing up, including Hari. I fondly remember our walk through the Shaw neighborhood of D.C. where he worked at the time and where he believed the story of the USCT must play a vital role in its revitalization. Continue reading

Reconsidering an Iconic Civil War Photograph

Last week it was announced that one of the most iconic photographs from the Civil War era has been misidentified. I don’t mind admitting that I found this news to be a slightly jarring experience. The photograph of Confederate soldiers in Frederick, Maryland transports us back to September 1862, we believed, just days before the battle of Antietam. These Confederate soldiers survived the brutal fighting around Richmond and at Second Manassas before entering United States territory for a showdown with the Union army that might bring an end to the war and independence.  Continue reading

New to the Civil War Memory Library, 06/13

Update: My black Confederates manuscript should receive final approval from the board of directors at the University of North Carolina Press in the next few weeks. In addition, my proposal for a Confederate monuments reader, which I am putting together with Professor Hilary Green is now under review and has received a very enthusiastic response. Hoping to share more news on this front in the next few weeks.

Award Winner! Congratulations to Andrew F. Lang whose book In the Wake of War: Military Occupation, Emancipation, and Civil War America recently won the Tom Watson book prize from the Society of Civil War Historians. I shared with Andy a few months ago online that I thought his book had a good chance of winning. I am thrilled to see that others thought so as well. Continue reading

Confederate Monuments: What to Do?

Thanks to the Organization of American Historians for making this panel discussion from the 2018 annual meeting available. It is one of the best academic discussions that I have seen to date. What worked well in this discussion was the ways in which it went beyond the narrow subject of Confederate monuments to include other relevant issues. I particularly enjoyed listening to Professor Kuo Wei Tchen. Continue reading

New to the Civil War Memory Library, 05/21

My reading has been all over the place of late. Some of it is related to a course on the history of disability in America that I will be teaching in the Fall as well as a trip to Norway and Sweden in June. I will have more to say about the class toward the end of the summer.

There are a number of excellent Civil War titles slated for publication over the next few months. Continue reading

Women Also Know Civil War History

This blog post title comes from the popular twitter hashtag #womenalsoknowhistory. The issue of gender equity at academic conferences has received a great deal of attention over the past few months. In March a conference at Stanford University, organized by Niall Ferguson, featured 30 white male historian and one female historian, who chaired a panel. Continue reading

Do We Need a Confederate Monuments Reader?

One of the projects that I have been contemplating is a Confederate Monuments reader based on my Confederate Monuments Syllabus page, which I have used over the past year to track a wide range of sources related to the ongoing debate. It was inspired by the Charleston Syllabus, another crowd sourcing project that ultimately resulted in a reader published by the University of Georgia Press. Continue reading