Category Archives: Slavery

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

Posted in Armies, Battlefields & Historic Places, Book Review, Books & Authors, Leadership--Federal, Lincoln, Personalities, Reconstruction, Sieges, Slavery | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Slavery | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

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

Posted in Battlefields & Historic Places, National Park Service, Slavery, USCT | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

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

Posted in Battlefields & Historic Places, Slavery, Ties to the War | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Arms & Armaments, Battlefields & Historic Places, Battles, Campaigns, Civil War Events, Emerging Civil War, Leadership--Confederate, Leadership--Federal, Memory, Monuments, Personalities, Politics, Slavery | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

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

Posted in Politics, Question of the Week, Slavery | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

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

Posted in Common Soldier, Slavery, USCT | Tagged , , , , , | 4 Comments

Black Confederates: Laborers or Soldiers? (part four)

Part four of a series Some people suggested using slaves to fight from the very beginning of the war. However, the overwhelming fear was of slave insurrection. The John Brown raid was less than two years before the Civil War … Continue reading

Posted in Antebellum South, Common Soldier, Slavery, USCT | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Black Confederates: Laborers or Soldiers? (part three)

part three in a series At the beginning of the Civil War, blacks tried to enlist in both armies as soldiers but were denied by both. Enslaved men were taken to the Confederate army by their slaveowners. Free blacks were … Continue reading

Posted in Common Soldier, Slavery, USCT | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sailors Are Not Soldiers

Dwight Hughes Civil War deep-water sailors—North and South—were not like soldiers. They came from very different backgrounds and fought a much different war. “[They] looked, moved, and talked like typical sailors,” noted one study. “Ruddy cheeks worn by the sun … Continue reading

Posted in Emerging Civil War, Navies, Slavery | 4 Comments