Civil War or War Between the States?

I recently came across a microfilm reel that included a reprint of a Senate debate from 1907 on just this question. The pamphlet was put together by Edmund S. Meaning […]

Why Are We Forgetting To Order the Pedestals?

Perhaps I’ve spent too much time studying how Americans have used public spaces to commemorate and remember their past, but I don’t get overly emotional around statues and other such […]

Shelby Foote on American Exceptionalism

The following commentary by Shelby Foote comes at the tail end of Ken Burns’s The Civil War “We think that we are a wholly superior people – if we’d been […]

“The Mythology of Hard War”

This is the final week of my survey course on the American Civil War.  One of the subjects we’ve been looking at is the introduction of what Mark Grimsley describes […]

Cathy Wood’s Black Confederates

I‘ve been following this story out of Tennessee [and here] involving a local chapter of the UDC and SCV and their plans to honor 18 so-called black Confederates.  I was […]

Best of Civil War Memory (2)

This is the second in my series of “Best of” posts that will be shared throughout November in recognition of the four-year anniversary of this blog.  The following post appeared […]

Jim Limber Kidnapped and Brought to Beauvoir

It looks like Gary Casteel’s statue of Jefferson Davis holding hands with his biological son and “adopted” son, Jim Limber, has found a new home at Beauvoir.  You may remember […]