Category Archives: Civil War in Pop Culture

Van Gogh as Grant

Earlier this week, my wife and I had the chance to visit the Immersive Van Gogh Experience in Washington, D.C. It was definitely worth a visit. Van Gogh’s art was bold and powerful, and to see it expressed in creative … Continue reading

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Weekly Whitman: Whitman on Film

Today’s Weekly Whitman will take 32 minutes of your time but is worth every second. It is a collection of movie clips and television shows that somehow included Whitman and his words. It is magical! You will remember the obvious … Continue reading

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The General Stevenson Quick Step

Thomas Greeley Stevenson isn’t a name most Civil War buffs recognize these days, but he’s someone near and dear to my own heart because of my affiliation with Stevenson Ridge, a historic property on the Spotsylvania Battlefield named for Stevenson. … Continue reading

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The Battle of Belmont as Told in a Comic Strip

The University of the South has digitized the Polk Family Papers. While going there to find something related to Shiloh (there was not much but it’s a hard site to use) I came upon a comic strip titled Under the … Continue reading

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Weekly Whitman: A Postage Stamp

A few weeks ago, I got an email from a Weekly Whitman reader who shall remain nameless because I have lost the email somewhere between my phone and the desktop. He asked me if I had seen the Walt Whitman … Continue reading

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The Gettysburg Address Rewritten As A Wedding Toast?

Last month I joined my family to celebrate my brother and sister-in-law’s marriage. They got married a year ago in the middle of Covid-lockdown and postponed the party until this year when everyone could gather more safely. As a member … Continue reading

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Recruiting The Regiment: Off To War At The Movies?

Recruiting scenes have been featured in Civil War movies and television shows for decades. While we could debate at length about the best or most memorable of these moments, here are four that stand out in unique ways and contribute … Continue reading

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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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