Author Archives: Chris Mackowski
The final part in a four-part series “The field of knowledge,” said Thomas Jefferson, “is the common prosperity of all mankind.” Jefferson’s words are inscribed in big bold letters in the entryway of Monticello’s visitor center. They’re written in architectural … Continue reading
Part two of two comes from my “author’s note” in Grant’s Last Battle: The Story Behind The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant. As kids, my brother and I had a poster of the presidents on the closet door in our … Continue reading
The clock at Grant Cottage still reads 8:08—the time of Ulysses S. Grant’s death on the morning of July 23, 1885.
Having worked so much at the Wilderness, I don’t buy into that whole “Gettysburg as the turning point of the Civil War” nonsense. Aside from that premise, though, there’s little negative to say about Chris Brenneman and Sue Boardman’s stunning … Continue reading
The Virginia Department of Nature announced today that the Confederate battle flag will be removed from all trees and bushes in the Commonwealth. The battle flag on a tree could suggest that the tree is descended from a tree planted … Continue reading
Should a slave-holding Southerner in rebellion against his country and in support of a government that supports slavery be held up as a model of admiration?
In 1953, when the United Daughters of the Confederacy finally had the money to install stained glass windows of Lee and Jackson at the National Cathedral, the cathedral was delighted to take their money.
As a volunteer at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, I had the privilege this week to join an NPS site visit to Jericho Mills on the North Anna battlefield. The property still belongs to the Civil War Trust, although it will eventually be … Continue reading