Category Archives: Monuments

Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: The Rock of the 40th New York

Part of a series. When you first hear the nickname of the 40th New York Infantry, you might think that the regiment was filled with musicians marching off to serve in the Union Army. “The Mozart Regiment” has a nice … Continue reading

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A Conversation with John Coski (conclusion)

Part six of six I’ve been talking with John Coski, historian at the American Civil War Museum and recipient of the 2019 Emerging Civil War Award for Service in Civil War Public History. As we wrap up our conversation today, … Continue reading

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Heyward Shepherd Memorialized (Sort Of)

On one hand, it’s fitting that a monument commemorates Heywood Shepherd. A night watchman at Harpers Ferry, Shepherd stumbled across John Brown’s raiders on the night of October 16, 1859. They called to Shepherd to surrender, but he refused, and … Continue reading

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A Casualty at Antietam

The afternoon grew late before the 23rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry finally joined the fray. The battle at Antietam had waged since the early morning hours of September 17, 1863. However, as part of Maj. Gen. Ambrose Burnside’s IX Corps, the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth

Kevin Levin, a historian, educator, and blogger based in Boston, has waded into this argument keyboard blazing. The first three chapters discuss in depth the definition of a “camp slave.” When a slave-owning family sent one of their men to … Continue reading

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Ursula Le Guin, Huckleberry Finn, and Monument Controversies

In class last week, I was talking with my writing students about assumptions we, as writers, sometimes make about our audiences. (Moral of the story: We, as writers, should not make assumptions about our readers.) For the day’s reading, I … Continue reading

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Grant in Georgetown (part 2 of 2)

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Grant in Georgetown (part 1 of 2)

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A Walk to the Site of Pelham’s Death

At the Symposium over the weekend, one of the attendees asked me how to get to the John Pelham marker at Kelly’s Ford. “Keep walking out the trail, and when you think you’ve gone too far, keep going,” I told … Continue reading

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The Trust’s 2019 Teacher Institute: “What story does the Civil War tell?”

“What story does the Civil War tell?” Edward Ayers asked during his Saturday night keynote address at the American Battlefield Trust’s 2019 Teacher Institute. We probably all think we know the answer, but Ayers spent 40 minutes challenging assumptions, reframing … Continue reading

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