Tag Archives: Confederate heritage

The Wrongheaded Righteousness of Spray Paint

We’ve had such a good month here at ECW that I hate to end on a sour note. However, I received an alarming note from Rob Orrison this morning about some unfortunate shenanigans in the Wilderness where, it seems, the … Continue reading

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Monumental Discussion: Matt Stanley

Part of being an historian is changing your conclusions in light of new evidence. Just days ago, on the anniversary of the U.S. dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, I explained to a colleague how my views on the … Continue reading

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Lee-Jackson Day 2017

As is my custom when visiting Lexington, Virginia, I swung by Stonewall Jackson Cemetery on Saturday to pay my respects to the general. I was in town at the invitation of the Sons of Confederate Veterans to speak at their … Continue reading

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Confederate Heritage: Getting it Wrong on Independence Day Weekend

I generally try to be empathetic about Confederate heritage issues, but a lot of times, hardcore neo-Confederates make it hard for me. For every reasonable voice I hear, I run into a guy like this one: a lone flag bearer … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 1/18-1/24/16

January 20 has traditionally been “Lee-Jackson Day” in Virginia and throughout other parts of the South. The dates falls between the birthdays of Robert E. Lee (January 19) and Stonewall Jackson (January 21). In light of events from the past … Continue reading

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