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After the Civil War, Confederate veterans from North Carolina and Virginia competed over, among other things, which state sent the most men to war, which state was the last to surrender, and who achieved the furthest advance at the battle of Gettysburg on July 3, 1863. In 2020 their descendants competed to see who could Read more

Now Available: Signed/personalized copies of Searching for Black Confederates. Contact me here for all the details. On Tuesday evening I finished up an 8-day book tour at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture in Richmond. It was the perfect place to wrap up this leg of the tour. A large crowd showed up and Read more

By now many of you have received or will soon receive the latest issue of the journal Civil War History which includes a lead article by Earl Hess titled, “The Internet and Civil War Studies.” The article suffers from a number of fundamental methodological problems that will be apparent to anyone who reads it. The Read more

Virginia Democratic Governor Ralph Northam has stayed out of the media spotlight since photographs of him posing in blackface or a Klan robe surfaced. In the past few days, however, he has agreed to a couple of interviews including one with CBS anchor Gayle King. At the outset of the interview the governor references the Read more

Update On Current Book Project: This past week my co-editor and I sent off a revised proposal for our Confederate Monuments Reader. This latest draft includes a separate chapter on the African American response to monument dedications and one on college campus controversies. Sara Georgini, Household Gods: The Religious Lives of The Adams Family (Oxford Read more

Elliott J. Gorn, Let the People See: The Story of Emmett Till (Oxford University Press, 2018). David K. Graham, Loyalty on the Line: Civil War Maryland in American Memory (University of Georgia Press, 2018). Victoria Johnson, American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic (Liveright, 2019). Kevin M. Kruse Read more

A couple of weeks ago I responded to a profile piece in The Washington Post about Frank Earnest, who is a vocal member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. The author read my response and contacted me to talk about it. That conversation appeared today in the newspaper. I am reposting it here in its Read more

I don’t discuss Gregory Newson in my forthcoming book about the black Confederate myth, but he is certainly a very passionate and vocal advocate of this particular narrative. It’s easy to dismiss much of what Newson claims about the Civil War and other areas of American history, including the bizarre belief that not a single Read more

Winthrop University released a poll this week to gauge where Southerners stand on the removal of Confederate monuments and the cause of the Civil War. The results point to a significant shift in regional identification with and memory of the Civil War. Well, sort of. The poll offers the following assessment of attitudes toward monuments Read more