Interestingly, this film was done in 1982, well before the YouTube Era.  You will have to excuse me, but for some reason I find this sort of video to be quite funny.  This one clearly reflects the persistence of the “Grant the Drunk” narrative.  A more recent video that depicts Grant with bottle can be Read more

This is my favorite painting of the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox in April 1865.  It was painted in the 1920s by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris and clearly reflects the ascendency of Lee in our national memory and imagination.  Ferris titled his painting, “Let Us Have Peace” even though these words Read more

Yesterday was the 141st Anniversary of Lee’s surrender at Appomattox. Now I know it is tempting to think of the surrender as the beginning of national reunion, but a closer look at the historical record suggests otherwise. The tendency of many to see the surrender along these lines has no doubt been influenced by years Read more