I’ve Seen the Future of Civil War History…

…but it may take me some time to sort through it all.  Had a great time in Gettysburg this weekend.  I was challenged intellectually.  I caught up with old friends and even made a few new ones.  It’s the kind of weekend that leaves you exhausted, but rejuvenated and ready to tackle new projects.

For now I want to leave you with an image that Jonathan Noyalas analyzed in a panel on teaching Civil War memory that I took part in on Friday.  Enjoy.

Duffs Rebel Restaurant from Noyalas

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6 comments… add one
  • TF Smith Mar 17, 2013 @ 14:33

    How old is this image?

    The labeling of Grant and Lee looks like something Herblock would have done in 1955…how dense does the audience have to be to not understand who and what is being portrayed; the “Courthouse” label and “the surrender” caption are pretty ham-handed as well.

    Entertaining, however.

    As far as popular memory goes, here is one I saw in a story about the current Republican Party:


    “Admiral” Burnside…

    • Kevin Levin Mar 17, 2013 @ 14:39

      I don’t know, but here is a link to another postcard. I would guess it dates to the 1960s.

    • Andy Hall Mar 17, 2013 @ 18:06

      According to a 2008 item in the Winchester Star, Duff’s Rebel Restaurant opened in April 1960, and added an adjoining motel in 1965. It was sold to new owners in 1983, who said at the time they planned no major changes. It was still in operation as the Rebel Restaurant as recently as 1992. There’s a Sheetz convenience store there now, although (I think) the motel remains.

      Too bad it’s gone. I never got a chance to get a genuine Confederate officer’s kepi ashtray there.

      • Kevin Levin Mar 18, 2013 @ 2:21

        Thanks for the info and link.

  • Brad Mar 17, 2013 @ 14:25

    In their dreams!

    What was his analysis?

    • Kevin Levin Mar 17, 2013 @ 14:31

      Hi Brad,

      Jonathan used it to show the broad range of primary sources that can be used to introduce topics of memory, especially the influence of the Lost Cause.

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