Category Archives: Slavery

1860’s Politics: A Fine Fiddle

I came across this 1860 political cartoon recently while reading a story at about the nastiest elections in U.S. history:

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1860’s Politics: Context! Context! I Tell You!

As someone who loves the politics of the Civil War just as much as the battles, I have learned a few things that I would like to share as we begin our series of posts about the presidential elections of … Continue reading

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The Underground Railroad Offers a Harrowing Journey through American Race Relations

As a boy, Colson Whitehead imagined an underground railroad full of steam engines that ran through tunnels deep beneath the Antebellum earth on routes that stretch to indeterminate places. He was disappointed to discover the railroad—as important as it was … Continue reading

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Noah Trudeau Explains Lincoln’s Greatest Journey

Recently I chatted with award-winning author Noah Andre Trudeau, who has written several well-regarded books on the Civil War in 1864 and 1865. We discussed his next book, Lincoln’s Greatest Journey: Sixteen Days That Changed a Presidency, March 24 – … Continue reading

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Fredericksburg, My Favorite City in Virginia (part two)

part two of five In Washington, D.C., I could go almost anywhere without too many problems with racism. However, whenever we were going south to Fredericksburg, my brothers and sisters and I were told to be on our best behavior. … Continue reading

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Fredericksburg, My Favorite City in Virginia (part one)

part one of five I have spent my entire retirement working at the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields National Military Park. As a young kid standing on Marye’s Heights in 1958, fascinated by the battlefield and the view from high … Continue reading

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Civil War Trails: Connecting the Dots

by Drew Gruber A first glance, the iconic brick “Price, Birch & Co.” building in Alexandria, Virginia doesn’t seem to have much in common with the stately, Federal style “Spring Haven” plantation in Sumner County, Tennessee. Today, the “Price, Birch … Continue reading

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On The Trail with Sterling Price and John Brown

Recently I was “dragged”  on a family trip out to the far west….well, the Civil War far west, Kansas and Arkansas.  My friends and family who live in the region promised me “there are some really cool Civil War sites … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 6/20-6/26/16

Since the Emancipation Proclamation wasn’t announced until 1862, African American History and abolition are sometimes overlooked in studies of the Civil War’s first year. How did they respond to the 1861 conflict? How did abolitionists use the beginning of the war … Continue reading

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Black Confederates: Laborers or Soldiers? (part five)

the final part in a series In 1969, in his book The Confederate Negro, Professor James H. Brewer wrote, “Today, in a lonely unmarked grave, forgotten and unknown, lies the Confederate Negro—a casualty of history.” What would he think about … Continue reading

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