James I. Robertson

Thanks to Al Mackey for posting this short clip of a recent talk in which Professor James I. Robertson responds to a question about the current debate about the display of the Confederate flag. I was surprised and disappointed that Robertson didn't simply suggest that the battle flag belongs in a museum where it can [...]

The following video was produced by the National Park Service and offers some scenes from yesterday's opening ceremony marking the sesquicentennial of the Overland Campaign. It features excerpts from addresses by Northeast Regional Director Mike Caldwell, Park Superintendent Lucy Lawliss, FRSP Chief Historian John Hennessy, RNBP Ranger Alshley Whitehead Luskey, and Dr. James I. "Bud" [...]

Following in the footsteps of a few of my fellow bloggers with a short post on items from the past week that for one reason or another didn't warrant a full post. Caroline Janney's, Remembering the Civil War: Reunion and the Limits of Reconciliation, won the Museum of the Confederacy's 2013 Jefferson Davis Award. You [...]

Yesterday I spent some time working on the section of my black Confederate book that deals with the 2010 Virginia textbook controversy involving author Joy Masoff. I am sure most of you remember. While doing a search for additional information about the scope of the news coverage following the publication of the initial Washington Post [...]

On the eve of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Chancellorsville and we are already being subjected to a steady stream of interpretive flights of fancy surrounding the significance of Stonewall Jackson's death. Although it was not evident at the time, some historians believe Jackson’s death began the ruin of the Confederacy. The Southern [...]