Lost Cause

Hulk Lawyer: Black Confederate?

Neo-Confederates and others love to trot out the Black Confederate myth during Black History Month as a means to promote their twisted idea of diversity. Of course, it has nothing to do with diversity or history and everything to do with the continued attempt to drive a wedge between the Confederacy and slavery and protect Read more

Last week I had the pleasure of once again assisting the research staff at PBS’s Finding Your Roots with interpreting a document that relates to my scholarship on the Black Confederate myth and the history of Confederate body servants or camp slaves. The document in question is one that I know very well. In the Read more

It couldn’t get any worse for groups like the Sons of Confederate Veterans and Virginia Flaggers, who gather each year in Lexington, Virginia to mark a day that no longer enjoys official recognition. Confederate flags no longer fly from city-owned lamp posts; VMI has removed a statue honoring Stonewall Jackson and sand blasted his name Read more

You could have predicted this one. Yesterday, The Virginia Flaggers voiced their oppositionĀ  to the removal of the 40-foot-tall pedestal, that once served as the base for the Robert E. Lee monument on Richmond’s Monument Avenue, with a flyover and banner that read, “God Bless Robert E. Lee.” By the looks of their Facebook page Read more

Democratic Governor Ralph Northam has ordered the 40-foot-tall pedestal, which once held up the Robert E. Lee monument on Richmond’s Monument Avenue, be removed by the end of the year. The ground itself will be transferred to the city. No doubt, part of this decision was in response to the loss of the governor’s mansion Read more

Last week the Montgomery Advertiser published an article about a ceremony in Gadsden intended to honor two supposed Black Confederate soldiers. Hadley Hitson did an excellent job researching and writing about this event and I am pleased that she contacted me for comment. We’ve seen this story before. Local African-American woman hopes to identify ancestors Read more

Earlier today I came across this wonderful postcard featuring the Jefferson Davis monument on Richmond’s Monument Avenue. This street view captures a great deal of detail, but it also serves as a reminder of the extent to which the monuments themselves shaped the surrounding physical landscape as well as the memory of the war. This Read more

Yesterday the Sons of Confederate Veterans reinterred the remains of Confederate general and Klan leader Nathan Bedford Forrest and his wife on the grounds of their headquarters and new museum at Elm Springs in Columbia, Tennessee. Forrest is the most controversial of all Confederate military leaders owing to his involvement in the slave trade, the Read more

A Tough Week For The Virginia Flaggers

Last week must have have been a difficult one for The Virginia Flaggers as they watched the Robert E. Lee monument being removed from atop its pedestal and unceremoniously sliced in half. Its removal leaves the city’s famed Monument Avenue without any representation of the Confederacy for the first time since 1890. Who would have Read more