The Emotional Pull of Cold Harbor

Those of us who have spent significant time walking Civil War battlefields know that they evoke different emotions. Much of that is the result of the broader narrative that we […]

Old Myths Die Hard at Cold Harbor

With all the coverage of the 150th anniversary of Cold Harbor I was surprised by the persistence of two myths that refuse to give way. The first is the story […]

Memorial Day in Boston (2014)

I took this photo yesterday while walking The Boston Common. The flags represent the 37,000 fallen Massachusetts service members from the Revolutionary War to the present. In the background is […]

So That’s What They Are Talking About

In a few weeks I will be heading to Gettysburg College for the annual Civil War Institute. Some of the most memorable experiences are spent on the battlefield walking with […]

Slavery According to Uncle Ruckus

[Hat-tip to Larry Cebula] I had never heard of The Boondocks before watching this short clip from Second Season episode: “The Story of Catcher Freeman.” The clip does contain some […]

The 9-11 Gift Shop is Not For Us

I am not surprised to read that family members, residents of New York City and others are upset with the contents being sold at the 9-11 Memorial and Museum’s gift […]