Category Archives: Antebellum South

Soldier-Artists and the Battle Experience (Part II)

This is the second of two posts regarding soldier-artists and their depictions of the experience of battle. Part I may be found here. To appreciate the extent that images such as Adolph Metzner’s Cozy corner defied the conventions of mainstream art, it … Continue reading

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A Poet’s Perspective: Herman Melville and the Civil War

It was November of 1860, and America had a new president. He was highly popular among the northern states, but he was widely disliked in the South. At the same time you have Herman Melville, famous for his 1851 novel … Continue reading

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The Historic Harbors

A couple of weeks ago I attended a leadership retreat where a speaker touted the longtime importance of Hampton Roads as a harbor and host to very important events in American history. This got me thinking: what are the most … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Harpers Ferry 3.0—The Time I Took My Kids

On the heels of Chris Mackowski’s recent post regarding how to interest young people more in the Civil War, I headed to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in July for the third time in four years – this time, with my … Continue reading

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Stonewall’s Sabbath School

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Michael Aubrecht Throughout the 1800s, the South’s practice of slavery caused a great contradiction among many southern slave holders. The master-slave relationship was fraught with emotional and moral contradictions. This dilemma … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Campaign Site Preservation Opportunity

The Civil War Trust has announced a unique preservation opportunity. The battle of Upperville was part of Jeb Stuart’s defense-in-depth of Ashby’s Gap and a look into the movement’s of Lee’s army by the Federal Cavalry. During this battle, Col. … Continue reading

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Great Moments in Southern History

I sent Chris Mackowski a note on some stationery I got years ago–see below. As you’ll be able to tell, there’s a story behind it. It was sent to me by my good friend Ben Maryniak of Buffalo. Ben and … Continue reading

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“The Struggle Which Threatens Your Liberty”: The Dred Scott Decision

One hundred and sixty years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court issued one of the most significant rulings in its history. Unfortunately for the Court and the country, it was also one of the most misguided decisions it ever issued. Dred … Continue reading

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Bivouacs of the Dead

When touring battlefields on my own or leading a group, I always try and stop by the cemeteries that are there – both to meet the men but also to reflect on the events. I try to do this whether … Continue reading

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“We Have A Light”: Our Shared Lie About the Confederacy

Today, we welcome back guest author Sam Smith. “The Confederate Constitution was virtually identical to the original, except that it explicitly protected slavery.” This is one of the most common canards of Civil War history. I don’t know where this fiction … Continue reading

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