Tomorrow is Lee-Jackson Day here in Virginia. What that means for Virginians is a day off for many state employees. [I am proud to work at a school where we have Monday off in honor of Martin Luther King.] For the rest of us it should be a day without having to deal with parking [...]
Update: Is Jackson’s dark complexion just an accident or is this an attempt to blur the racial line? If you didn’t know any better one might think that Confederate leaders were at the forefront of the civil rights movement. Case in point is the popular and misunderstood story of Stonewall Jackson’s black Sunday School which [...]
For those of you who have never seen the movie, Gods and Generals, here is your chance to view a slightly shorter version. In just under five minutes you pretty much cover all the bases and the inclusion of theme music by Frank Wildhorn adds just the right touch. Now, if you will excuse me, [...]
Make your way over to Vast Public Indifference for a fascinating series of posts on the naming of enslaved and free blacks after Confederate heroes. Black Children, Confederate Heroes Jeff Davis, General Lee, and Stonewall J. Chronology of Confederate Naming Unionist Naming in the Postwar South
In this final week of my Civil War Memory course I am showing sections of some of my favorite and not so favorite CW movies. Today we watched the first part of “Gods and Generals” up to First Manassas. I was curious as to how they would respond given the course content. Within about ten [...]
What a strange print. Jackson does not look happy at all having Stuart’s hand on his arm. And who is the dude looking over their shoulders? Happy Holidays from everyone here at Civil War Memory.
No, I am not trying to insult some of you by suggesting that Stonewall Jackson was really a woman or, more exotically, transgendered. It’s simply the title of playwright John Morogiello’s latest production, which will appear this summer in Pittsburgh. The story is as follows: Set in the South, the farce is about a man [...]
How many of you have ever heard of the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Fund of Alabama? The 3-member panel created by Alabama lawmakers in 1955 and headed by state archives officials offers $1,000 scholarships to college-bound students for essays on the Confederate general. Apparently they have awarded 53 interest-free scholarships since 1989. What kind of essay [...]