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 […]

What Should We Call It? — Part 2

Continuing from yesterday’s post on the Senate debate over the proper name for the Civil War. Mr. Money (Mississippi): I do not consider, having been a rebel from start to […]

What Should We Call It? — 2 Views

The next issue of North and South Magazine will include an article on the naming of the Civil War by John Coski.I am confident that Coski will bring the same […]

Why Memory?

I am sometimes asked to explain my fascination with the study of Civil War memory. It comes down to an interest in how and why we form national narratives. There […]

Is Heritage History? – Part 2

Just a few follow-up thoughts to some of the comments from yesterday’s post. I am struck by the tendency on the part of some who equate southern history with white […]

Is Heritage History?

Let me start out by saying that I expect to be bulldozed in responses to this post. I recently attended a roundtable discussion hosted by the University of Richmond and […]