Tag Archives: Confederate monuments

History vs. Memory: Statues of Stonewall Offer a Lesson

Do we erase history when we take down a statue? That’s a question at the core of recent debate concerning Confederate monuments. Personally, I’m not convinced we do, but I do know we erase memory. However, the distinction between “memory” … Continue reading

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Resources Related to This Week’s Headlines

Confederate culture—and what, if anything, to do about it—has dominated headlines this past week. I wanted to wrap up our Sunday with a hodge-podge of stuff, some serious and some not-so-much, that might provide readers with additional food for thought. … 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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John William Jones: The “Fighting Parson” Remembers The War

Emerging Civil War welcomes guest author Christopher Martin. Events of recent years have drawn attention to the many Confederate monuments across the county. Immense debate and controversy surrounds many of them, with many people curious of the memory of the … Continue reading

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2018 Year in Review: #4

We’ve reached #4 on our countdown of the top ten most-read posts of 2018. The story involved vandalism against Confederate monuments on the Wilderness battlefield: 4) The Wrongheaded Righteousness of Spray Paint by Chris Mackowski (May 31, 2018) “There is … Continue reading

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Preservation News: Conference on Preservation & Monuments

Oftentimes we think of preservation in the sense of saving battlefield land or preserving an important artifact or archival material. However, perhaps we can also see preservation of markers or monuments as important task. Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation recently hosted … Continue reading

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Year In Review 2017: #8

Emerging Civil War’s editor-in-chief shared his thoughts about the Confederate monuments discussion in the series A Monumental Discussion. His observations and conclusions provided helpful insights to many readers and ranked this post #8 in ECW’s most-read posts of 2017.

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Year In Review 2017: #9

Reflecting some of the historical controversies in 2017 and the discussion of monuments, our ninth most-read blog post of 2017 was written by a guest author. He shared about monuments in New Orleans and how that city faces the challenges … Continue reading

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Battlefield Markers & Monuments: Colonel Elmer Ellsworth and the Marshall House Hotel Plaque

This relatively small, gold & brown marker is attached to the side of the newly purchased Hotel Monaco*, the latest incarnation of the Marshall House, in Old Town Alexandria, VA. It commemorates the death of James W. Jackson, reading: The … Continue reading

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Monuments in the Classroom

One of the courses I’m teaching this semester is a new freshman-level writing course that’s part of my university’s new general education curriculum. I was one of several faculty from the English and Communication departments—plus a groovy Business professor—who helped … Continue reading

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