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Richmond Reflects on its Past New Exhibit on Native Guards Opening  at African American Military History Museum in Hattiesburg, Mississippi (No, they were not “black Confederates”) National Civil War Chaplains Museum Opens at Liberty University (catch the special on really bad Civil War art prints) Sean Wilentz reviews Joan Waugh’s new biography/memory study of Ulysses Read more

The Late Night War

This Jimmy Kimmel Live skit about the Leno-O’Brien/NBC feud suggests that the Ken Burns-style documentary has become a permanent fixture in our cultural lexicon.  Other examples can be found here and here.  You will have to look closely, but when they get to photoshopping the famous photograph of Lincoln and McClellan in the tent at Read more

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

[Hat-Tip to Religion in American History] “In this comedy of political values Honest Abe’s home town puts a teacher on trial for asking ‘Was Lincoln Gay?’ Told in three acts – the audience decided the order – we see the events surrounding the ‘Trial of the Century’ through the eyes of the prosecution, the defense Read more

South Park Reenacts the Civil War

Episode Summary for The Red Badge of Gayness: “Cartman has visions of glory as he suits up for the Confederacy in the annual reenactment of a Civil War battle, and leads the drunken rebels to defeat the union.” [Originally aired on 11/24/99] If you have twenty minutes and are looking for a good laugh than Read more

Gary Gallagher on Robert E. Lee

Gary W. Gallagher, the John L. Nau Professor in History of the American Civil War at the University of Virginia, gave this year’s Remembering Robert E. Lee lecture on Oct. 12, 2009, in Lee Chapel.  The title of the talk is “Robert E. Lee Confronts Defeat: Duty in the Wake of Appomattox.” Read more

Sherman’s March and America

Anne Sara Rubin is hard at work on a new digital project on Sherman’s March. I first heard about the project at last year’s SHA in New Orleans. It looks to be quite interesting Read more