Category Archives: Civil War in Pop Culture

Holiday Village Reenactments and Reflections

The rattle of musketry cracked with volley after volley as officers struggled to bark commands to keep their battle lines organized amid the din. Two regiments of Federal troops were arrayed in a line of battle, facing off against a … Continue reading

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1861 in Gone With The Wind

On the 82nd anniversary of Gone With The Wind’s movie premiere in Atlanta (December 15, 1939), I thought it might be interesting to look at the book and movie’s treatment of the first year of the Civil War. For better … Continue reading

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Dwight Yoakam Sings “Dixie”

We don’t know who either of the men are, but for the sake of our discussion, let’s call them “Dwight” and “the old rebel.” We don’t really even know that the rebel is old except that he has “old blue … Continue reading

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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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