Category Archives: Civil War in Pop Culture

History and Memory and The Saddest Words

I’m reading Michael Gorra’s wonderful new book The Saddest Words: William Faulkner’s Civil War (Liveright, 2020), and I just came across a passage that articulates the difference between history and memory in one of the most effective ways I’ve ever … Continue reading

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Hal Holbrook, Former Lincoln Actor, Dies at 95

Hal Holbrook died today at the age of 95. Best known for his one-man show portraying Mark Twain, he’s familiar to many of us in the Civil War world for his portrayals of Abraham Lincoln. Holbrook played the 16th president … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: A Civil War Movie List

Hey ECW Fans, how is your week going? Mine has been good, eventful, and filled with watching historic happenings in the modern world, but I’m glad it’s Friday and the weekend is ahead. I think I’m going to need a … Continue reading

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The Civil War in Surprising Places – Emily Dickinson’s Poetry and the Pop Culture Delights of Dickinson

As a high school student I always dreaded our annual Emily Dickinson poem assignment, because, to be honest, the nineteenth-century poet from Amherst, Massachusetts didn’t speak to me. One can only consider ‘Hope is the Thing With Feathers’ so many … Continue reading

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Sherman in Savannah . . . Sort of

Before the pandemic shut down the production, a colleague – Tracy Ford – and I traveled the country performing the three-act play Now We Stand by Each Other Always about the friendship between Union generals Ulysses S. Grant and William … Continue reading

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Manticores, Myths, and Memory (conclusion)

(Part four of four) Paul Ashdown and Ed Caudill are co-authors of the latest book in the Engaging the Civil War Series, Imagining Wild Bill: James Butler Hickok in War, Media, and Memory (Southern Illinois University Press). Their work on … Continue reading

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Manticores, Myths, and Memory (part three)

(Part three of four) Paul Ashdown and Ed Caudill are co-authors of the latest book in the Engaging the Civil War Series, Imagining Wild Bill: James Butler Hickok in War, Media, and Memory (Southern Illinois University Press). Yesterday, they explained their … Continue reading

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Manticores, Myths, and Memory (part two)

(Part two of four) Paul Ashdown and Ed Caudill are co-authors of the latest book in the Engaging the Civil War Series, Imagining Wild Bill: James Butler Hickok in War, Media, and Memory (Southern Illinois University Press). In yesterday’s opening … Continue reading

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Manticores, Myths, and Memory (part one)

(Part one of four) Paul Ashdown and Ed Caudill are co-authors of the latest book in the Engaging the Civil War Series, Imagining Wild Bill: James Butler Hickok in War, Media, and Memory (Southern Illinois University Press). In this series, … Continue reading

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“Songs, Statues, and Solutions”: Monuments, Driving Old Dixie Down, and Social Justice

Believe it or not, I always enjoy the chance to talk about Civil War monuments. It’s a difficult topic to talk about because emotions on all sides often get in the way of rational discussion—but that’s exactly why I feel … Continue reading

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