Civil War Historians

Did You Know? You can order a personalized copy of my latest book, Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth, direct from me through PayPal. It’s easy. Megan L. Bever, Lesley J. Gordon and Laura Mammina, eds. American Discord: The Republic and Its People in the Civil War Era (Louisiana State University Read more

Every Historian His Own Salesman

The COVID-19 pandemic has left a wide trail of destruction that includes tens of thousands of lives and millions of jobs. It has undercut our own sense of security and has left many of us with profound concerns about our immediate and long-term futures. I hope you and your families are safe and healthy. Ultimately Read more

Civil War Memory 101 (Week 6)

This discussion will take place on twitter on Sunday, May 3 at 8pm on Twitter using the hashtag #CWM101. We are now more than halfway through Caroline Janney’s book, Remembering the Civil War: Reconciliation and the Limits of Reunion. This week we will discuss chapter 6. This chapter addresses the thesis at the center of Read more

Ten Civil War Books That Made Me

Yesterday my wife and I were sitting in my library and she asked me to pick out ten books that have had the most influence on my understanding of Civil War history. I gave it a little thought and began pulling books off my shelves. Here is what I came up with.   This is Read more

Yesterday I received a new box of Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth. You can order a personalized copy direct from me and I will get it right out to you. Please support your local bookstores. Lyndsay M. Chervinsky, The Cabinet: George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution (Harvard Read more

Civil War Memory 101 (Week 4)

This discussion will take place on Twitter on April 19th at 8pm #CWM101 This week we are going to discuss chapter 4 in Caroline Janney’s book, Remembering the Civil War: Reunion and the Limits of Reconciliation. This chapter focuses on the dedication of some of the first Union monuments, the birth of the GAR and Read more

Update: A number of you have asked about purchasing personalized copies of Searching for Black Confederates through PayPal. I finally got around to setting it up and a new box of books is scheduled to arrive early next week. I will also include a free copy of The Civil War Monitor magazine while supplies last Read more

Civil War Memory 101 (Week 1)

Introduction With so many of you hunkering down in your homes I thought it might be a good idea to move forward with my idea to offer a course/discussion group on twitter on the topic of Civil War memory. I’ve had difficulty focusing on my own research and have been looking for ways to connect Read more

I hope that all of you are safe and doing well during this very difficult period. Here are some new books that have come my way that you might find enjoyable. All of my talks for March, April, and May have been cancelled, which means that I have plenty of copies of Searching for Black Confederates Read more

J. Michael Butler, Beyond Integration The Black Freedom Struggle in Escambia County, Florida, 1960-1980 (University of North Carolina Press, 2016) Robert Caro, Working (Vintage, 2019). Ben Cleary, Searching for Stonewall Jackson: A Quest for Legacy in a Divided America (Twelve, 2019). Alexis Coe, You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington (Viking, 2020) Read more