Category Archives: Question of the Week

Question of the Week: July 20, 2015

The Civil War began with a battle over possession of Charleston Harbor, and ended with the surrender of the CSS Shenandoah. Why, then, is the Civil War’s naval aspect so neglected?

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Who Won the Sesquicentennial?

Just as the last reenactment ink was dry on the last reenactment surrender, all heck seemed to break loose across the nation: police were accused of killing black men–young and old, the Confederate Southern Cross ignited fear and loathing, and … Continue reading

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Question of the Week for June 22, 2015

Should South Carolina remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the state capitol? Why/why not?

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Question of the Week: History According To Kenobi

The Civil War, like many great historical events, is often approached through a personal lens. People often find an entrée into this big subject by starting with something they can connect to, be it an ancestor, a place, their race, … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: June 8, 2014

At Shiloh, Albert Sidney Johnston put himself in harm’s way trying to redeem a reputation bruised by the fall of forts Henry and Donelson two month’s earlier. Because he put himself in a position no general of his rank should … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: March 30, 2015

Last week at Pamplin Historical Park we poured a small base to support a new monument hewn from Vermont granite. It will commemorate the six men from the Green Mountain State who received the Medal of Honor for their actions … Continue reading

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Question of the Week 23 March

What was the greatest missed opportunity of the Battle of Bentonville? Was it Joseph Johnston’s inability to follow through on his assault on the first day, as discussed in Lee White’s piece on the Army of Tennessee? Was it Mower’s failure … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: March 16, 2015

The question of the week is in honor of Women’s History Month. Who was the better first lady during the American Civil War? Mary Todd Lincoln or Varina Davis? The criteria being more than just their particular personalities, but their … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 9 March

This week will witness the Sesquicentennial of the Battle of Monroe’s Crossroads, a battlefield that is truly off the beaten path. What is your favorite “off the beaten path” battlefield and why?

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Question of the Week: 2 March

In the midst of the Sesquicentennial, which march was more important and why: Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman’s “March to the Sea” or his march through the Carolinas?

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