A Presidential Inauguration for the Civil War Sesquicentennial

The Presidential Inauguration exercises have been filled with references to the Civil War era, including President Lincoln, Union, the 150th anniversary of emancipation and the unfinished capitol dome.  I just saw Frederick Douglass and reenactors from the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry march by the president’s reviewing stand.  We even heard a reference to Stonewall, though…

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Virginia’s Civil War Sesquicentennial: An Assessment

The Virginia Sesquicentennial Commission has issued a report on the progress and impact of its programming.  While living in Virginia I served as an adviser to the commission’s education committee.  I attended a few meetings and communicated via email with a number of members.  It was an honor to be involved.  The report can be…

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Fredericksburg 150

Bonus Posts on Fredericksburg and the Richard Kirkland Story: Is it True?, Mac Wycoff Responds, Does it Matter? Today is the 150th anniversary of the battle of Fredericksburg. Back in 2008 I delivered the keynote address for the National Park Service’s annual commemoration of the battle.  In it I reflected on the meaning of the…

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