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Question of the Week: 10/26-11/1/20

Sarah Bierle has been working on a blog series about historical legends, and she wants to know: What are your favorite legends or legendary moments from the American Civil War? Do you find it difficult to tell where facts end … Continue reading

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Conspiracy – Civil War Style?

In a year with an exceptional plethora of “tell-all” books and a variety of conspiracy theories from multiple sides and perspectives, old historical sources never fail to add a little perspective and humor. While seeking an escape from the election … Continue reading

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Martyr or Murderer?

I stop and read historical markers. I’m the guy pulled off on the shoulder in the middle of nowhere, reading that bronze sign by the side of the road. You know the type. Frankly, if you are reading this blog, … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on the Status of the Lost Cause

The Lost Cause was at first a subject of scholarly inquiry. It then became one of scorn, used at times as a slur. For a serious student of the war, it is a label few desire as its mythology has … Continue reading

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A Page of Gettysburg History & Humanity’s Struggle

The Gettysburg anniversary this year was a blur to me. To be honest, I didn’t spend much time reading or thinking about the battle. Maybe it was a coping mechanism. Maybe it was some sort of subconscious distancing since I … Continue reading

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Writing About History in a Manichean Age

Given current events, I find myself asking how one will be able to write about the American Civil War now and in the future. This question has been brewing in my mind since 2015 when the debate over statues began … Continue reading

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Another Grave Dilemma: Major General William W. Loring’s Remains

As in the rest of the country, things are starting to heat up in America’s oldest city when it comes to Confederate monuments. Similar to Lt. General Ambrose P. Hill’s monument and gravesite covered in a previous ECW post, Major … Continue reading

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Gone With The Wind: Some Thoughts (Part 5 – Conclusion)

Part of a series Want to know one of my secrets about Gone With The Wind? Okay…here goes: I really, really want to see it on a movie theater screen. Because I choose to see it as art, not a … Continue reading

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Gaines Foster and David Blight: Two Views on the Lost Cause

In 1961 the nation celebrated the centennial of the American Civil War with a glorification of battlefield heroics entwined within a narrative of a nation reforged in the fires of war. However, Robert Penn Warren critiqued this vision with The … Continue reading

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I’m Studying The Civil War…Which Century?

Help! I’ve spent more time looking at 20th Century sources this last weekend than 19th Century sources. But I haven’t actually left Civil War studies and eloped with another war. To explain more properly, I’m looking at Civil War memory. … Continue reading

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