William Mahone/Crater

I’ve been thinking quite a bit about William Mahone over the past few months in light of the ongoing debate about Confederate monuments and the overall question of how we should understand the history and memory of the Confederacy. There are a number of challenges associated with writing a biography of Mahone, including the legibility Read more

I had my doubts, but the University Press of Kentucky came through and just released my first book, Remembering the Battle of the Crater: War as Murder, in paperback. They did a really good job with keeping the overall cover design of the hardcover, including the wrap around art work along the spine. My author Read more

I am pleased to announce that Remembering the Battle of the Crater: War as Murder is now available from audible. Jack de Golia did a solid job reading the book, which runs just under six hours in length. The audio version is half the price of the hardcover and even cheaper than the kindle version Read more

Update: 15 11 copies still available as of 4:00pm on May 14. With the arrival of summer comes the opportunity to catch up on some history reading and with that in mind I would like to offer readers a chance to purchase my book, Remembering the Battle of the Crater: War as Murder at a Read more

Today I received my royalty check from the University Press of Kentucky for this past year’s sales of Remembering the Battle of the Crater: War as Murder. The book has been on sale since June 2012 and continues to generate revenue. In 2014 the book sold 209 copies. It is only available in hardcover and Read more

In my ongoing effort to make as much of my published work available I’ve uploaded three additional papers to my Academia.edu page. “Is Not the Glory Enough to Give Us All a Share?”: An Analysis of Competing Memories of the Battle of the Crater in Aaron Sheehan Dean ed., The View From the Ground: Experiences Read more

On Thursday I am heading to Springfield, Illinois for the Conference on Illinois History. I was invited to give a luncheon talk on Private Louis Martin, who was severely wounded at the Crater, and who is buried in an unmarked grave in Oak Ridge Cemetery near Lincoln’s final resting place. A gravestone was recently dedicated Read more

Apart from the famous reunions at Gettysburg most of our images of Confederate and Union veterans reunions took place in the South. They typically involved the dedication of a monument or an entire battlefield. What we don’t know enough about involve examples of Confederate veterans traveling north. One such example took place in 1910 when Read more

On a number of occasions I’ve addressed the question of whether the sesquicentennial has been a success. No doubt, as we move through the first part of 2015 these discussions will increase in frequency. For the most the framing of the question has tended to take both a long and broad view in terms of Read more