Remembering the “Men of God” in Sherman’s Army

This afternoon I was notified about another Kickstarter campaign, this one from the good folks at the National Civil War Chaplains Museum at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. They are hoping to raise $10,000 to preserve a flag connected with Sherman’s Army.

We are raising funds to purchase the only known existing U.S. Christian Commission banner which was with General Sherman’s Georgia campaign. Most notably, it was with him at his famous “March to the Sea” in the late summer and early fall of 1864. It also was displayed at both City Point and later Richmond during the spring of 1865. The funds raised will also be used to mount and frame the banner to preserve it for display as part of the Chaplain Museum’s “Climax of the War: The US Christian Commission and the Appomattox Campaign in the Spring of 1865” exhibit which is set to open in early March of 2015 as part of the US Sesquicentennial Commemoration of the Civil War.

It’s a worthy project if ever there was one, but does it have any chance of succeeding? Continue reading “Remembering the “Men of God” in Sherman’s Army”

The History of Sherman’s March is Finally Becoming History

Yesterday the New York Times published a piece by Alan Blinder on Southern memory of Sherman’s March and the new marker commemorating its 150th anniversary. The article pretty much raises the same questions about our Civil War memory in the South as other events during the sesquicentennial. The theme of the article is struggle. White Southerners are supposedly struggling with how to commemorate and remember Sherman’s presence in Georgia in 1864, but what emerges by the end is how little resistance there seems to be. In short, the author overstates his case. Continue reading “The History of Sherman’s March is Finally Becoming History”