Gallagher’s Lee

As many of you know I teach a Civil War seminar. The class is structured around two components, including research on the Valley of the Shadow as well as roundtable […]

Creating Neo-Confederates

I decided to follow up yesterday’s depressing news story out of Mississippi involving Claude Tubberville and his inane assertions about the Civil War. What follows is a sample of the […]

David Blight Reviews Bruce Levine’s

David Blight Reviews Bruce Levine’s Confederate Emancipation No surprise that David Blight approves of Levine’s ground-breaking study that seriously challenges the popular belief that black Southerners willingly fought for the […]

Some Myths Die Hard

From across the ocean the Guardian offers a short review of recent Civil War novels, including E. L. Doctorow’s, The March. I am ashamed to admit that I haven’t read […]

Another Flag Story

Sorry to post another Confederate flag story, but they are just too good to pass up on. Today we travel to Leesburg, Virginia where the city council decided to remove […]

Black Confederates?

In the introduction of his biography, The Ordeal of Thomas Hutchinson, Bernard Bailyn attempted to explain how distance from the historical event shapes the interpretation. According to Bailyn, early histories […]

Kentucky Struggles With Identity

Here is another article that proceeds on the assumption that southern identity is a simple question about whether you perceive yourself as a “rebel” or “yankee”? From the article: “I […]

Don Troiani’s Crater

Don Troiani’s “Mahone’s Counterattack” (Historical Art Prints, 2003) stands in sharp contrast to the early painting by Elder. The attack of the 6th Virginia Infantry figures prominently in both paintings; […]

John Elder’s Crater

This is probably the most famous painting of the Crater and it was completed in 1869 by John Elder. Elder was born in 1833 and studied under Daniel Huntington in […]