Sherman’s March

I am currently working on completing the index for my forthcoming collection of essays, Interpreting the Civil War at Museums and Historic Sites, which will be published in September. It’s a labor intensive process, but it has given me one final opportunity to read through the manuscript. [You can pre-order the book direct from the Read more

This afternoon I was notified about another Kickstarter campaign, this one from the good folks at the National Civil War Chaplains Museum at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. They are hoping to raise $10,000 to preserve a flag connected with Sherman’s Army. We are raising funds to purchase the only known existing U.S. Christian Commission Read more

In re-reading a section of Anne Rubin’s new book about Sherman’s March I came across a couple of paragraphs that touch on some of the concerns that I’ve expressed about the extent to which we have applied the lessons of recent wars to Civil War veterans. Rubin hones in on the dangers of doing so Read more

Merry Christmas, Mr. President

On this day 150 years ago Union general William Tecumseh Sherman entered the city of Savannah, Georgia. On the following day he sent this telegram to President Lincoln. [Source: Library of Congress] Read more

In this presentation Anne Rubin offers an overview of her new book, Through the Heart of Dixie: Sherman’s March and American Memory. I am close to finishing it and will write a review for Civil War Book Review. [Uploaded to YouTube on December 9, 2014] Read more

I’ve said it before. Mainstream media can’t help but report a Civil War related story without resorting to the popular meme of an “unfinished war.” Americans are supposedly still fighting the war. This afternoon I caught this interview with Professor James Cobb of the University of Georgia, who discussed the history and especially the legacy Read more

This is as solid an essay as you will find on the history and legacy of Sherman’s March. And yet there is something missing in this story. The destruction caused by Sherman’s army almost always eclipses the rebuilding that took place immediately following the war. In his excellent book, The Iron Way: Railroads, the Civil Read more

Yesterday the New York Times published a piece by Alan Blinder on Southern memory of Sherman’s March and the new marker commemorating its 150th anniversary. The article pretty much raises the same questions about our Civil War memory in the South as other events during the sesquicentennial. The theme of the article is struggle. White Read more

Update: Thanks to Craig Swain for sending along this link which includes information about an older marker. It offers a clear point of comparison with how our understanding of the campaign has evolved. This week the Georgia Historical Society will dedicate the latest in its series of roadside markers commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Read more

Even if you just have just a few minutes check out this wonderful dramatic reading focused on the Civil War in Georgia performed by students a The Lovett School in Atlanta. This is one of the best student productions that I’ve seen in quite some time and serves as a useful model to connect an Read more