New to the Civil War Memory Library, 04/18

S. Max Edelson, The New Map of Empire: How Britain Imagined America Before Independence (Harvard University Press, 2017).

Jennifer Ford ed., The Hour of Our Nation’s Agony: The Civil War Letters of Lt. William Cowper Nelson of Mississippi (University of Tennessee Press, 2007).

Wallace Hettle, The Confederate Homefront: A History in Documents (Louisiana State University Press, 2017).

Robert G. Parkinson, The Common Cause: Creating Race and Nation in the American Revolution (University of North Carolina Press, 2016).

Carol Reardon & Tom Vossler, Gettysburg: Experiencing the Battlefield through Its History, Places, and People (University of North Carolina Press [2nd edition, 2017]).

Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth

“Levin’s study is the first of its kind to blueprint and then debunk the mythology of enslaved African Americans who allegedly served voluntarily in behalf of the Confederacy.”–Journal of Southern History

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  • Craig L. Apr 18, 2017 @ 22:49

    Parkinson’s ‘Common Cause’ book looks interesting to me. I wonder how or if he treats the death of a Lenape chief, George White Eyes, in 1778 and the related Gnadenhutten Massacre in 1782. Here’s a link to White Eyes on Wikipedia –

    My mother’s great grandfather, Nathan Cordray, was the 1860 census enumerator for White Eyes township in Coshocton, Ohio, and had moved from Upper Old Town in Allegheny, Maryland to the Tuscarawas River valley in Ohio when he was ten years old, shortly before the War of 1812. His wife appears to have been born on the Tuscarawas in 1803, possibly the daughter of an American military officer and an unidentified Lenape woman.

    • Kevin Levin Apr 19, 2017 @ 1:51

      I looked in the index and White Eyes is mentioned multiple times. This is a massive book and I am only 150 pages into it, but it is fascinating. My focus is primarily the 19th century and I have read and written extensively about the fears of slave insurrection, but Parkinson’s book extends that narrative back to the Revolution. In that sense the book follows Manisha Sinha’s latest on abolitionism by filling in important gaps and extending a narrative back into the late 18th century.

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