Category Archives: Memory

Breaking Trust with Civil War Vets in Catt Co., New York?

Last year, I wrote about efforts in Cattaraugus County, NY, to demolish a Civil War memorial and historic building erected by the war’s veterans. Twelve months later, the effort to save the memorial continues. On Friday, The Buffalo (NY) News … Continue reading

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Empty Arms: A New Sesquicentennial Image

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Sarah Kay Bierle Kate Corbin Pendleton’s photo is framed on my work desk. Her solemn expression and sad eyes have haunted me as I’ve read articles of delight, debate, and dissention … Continue reading

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James Jackson: The Original Virginia Flagger

Shout, shout his deed of glory. Tell it in song and story; Tell it where soldiers brave Rush fearless to their grave: Tell it–a magic spell In that great deed shall dwell.   Many think that raising the Confederate flag … Continue reading

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9/11 and 9/17, Inexorably Linked: Remember

The events of 9/11/2001 and 9/17/1862 remain inextricably linked in my mind, tied together not only by the horror of what happen on those days but by national resolve to “Never forget.” Even as we build skyscraper-sized memorials to the dead … Continue reading

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Discussing the Civil War Sesquicentennial

Over the weekend, C-SPAN featured a panel discussion from the Second Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge that looked at the impact of the Civil War on current events. The discussion included a look at the Confederate Culture Wars, and … Continue reading

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The Ken Burns Effect

Lest anyone underestimate the importance of Ken Burns’ The Civil War, take a second to study this graph:

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Thoughts on Ken Burns’ The Civil War: Dan Davis

I know there has been a lot of discussion on this blog and others this week on the re-release of Ken Burns’ The Civil War. I know that the documentary means a lot of things to a lot of people, but I … Continue reading

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Jeb Stuart, Rob Orrison, and a Media Ethics Case Study

An editorial in today’s Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star lauds a recent court decision to remove a portrait of Confederate cavalry commander Jeb Stuart from the Patrick County courtroom. Accompanying the editorial online was a file photo of ECW’s own Rob Orrison leaning … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: “The Civil War” by Ken Burns, 25 Years Later

As I sat last night and watched the re-released historic documentary by Ken Burns, I was taken back to 1990.  At that time I was in the 8th grade and had an interest in history.  I can remember distinctly watching … Continue reading

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James H. Wilson and the American Civil War

John Buford, Wesley Merritt, George Bayard, Thomas C. Devin. These are but a few of the names that more often than not come to mind when one thinks of the premier Union cavarymen of the Civil War. Certainly more names could be … Continue reading

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