Mourning Black Confederates

I have no idea when this ceremony honoring black Confederates (Confederate slaves) took place or who is behind this particular website, but this image of two women dressed in mourning attire is quite striking. Are the women who are placing flowers at the grave site white? If they are than we’ve come very far indeed…

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Should the SCV and Richmond Partner to Improve Oakwood?

I support the Sons of Confederate Veteran’s request to partner with the city of Richmond to improve the grounds at historic Oakwood Cemetery.  Such a project would work to improve a public space and bring attention to an aspect of the city’s rich history.  The plan is to preserve the Soldier’s Monument replace deteriorated grave…

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Monument to South Carolinians Unveiled on Spotsylvania Battlefield

This weekend the Sons of Confederate Veterans from South Carolina unveiled a monument to McGowan’s brigade on the Spotsylvania battlefield.  The monument commemorates the fighting that took place at the “Bloody Angle” on May 12, 1864.  New monuments are barred from most battlefields, but the federal legislation creating the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park…

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“The Robert E. Lee Memorial: A Conflict of Interpretation”

The following is an abstract for an essay that I am contributing to an edited collection on tourism in the American South, which is being edited by Karen Cox.  Your feedback and questions are strongly encouraged. In recent years Civil War landscapes (especially battlefields) have come under increasing pressure from various interest groups to broaden…

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