Tag Archives: Lost Cause

A.C.L. Gatewood, the Lost Cause, and Two Different Accounts of the Appomattox Campaign

Andrew Cameron Lewis Gatewood came from an influential family in Bath County, Virginia. Before the war, the wealth and status of his family helped secure him a position as a cadet at the Virginia Military Institute. He spent most of … Continue reading

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I Knew Grant was the Shorter Man, But…

Emerging Civil War welcomes back guest author Bryan Cheeseboro… On January 10, 2021, I participated in a program on the Facebook page Shelby Foote & the American Civil War to discuss General/President Ulysses S. Grant from Appomattox through his presidency … Continue reading

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On Monuments, America Must Never Surrender to Confederates, Old or New (part two)

part two of four ECW is pleased to welcome guest author Frank J. Scaturro. Frank is president of the Grant Monument Association and the author of President Grant Reconsidered and The Supreme Court’s Retreat from Reconstruction. He is currently writing a book … Continue reading

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On Monuments, America Must Never Surrender to Confederates, Old or New (part one)

part one of four ECW is pleased to welcome guest author Frank J. Scaturro. Frank is president of the Grant Monument Association and the author of President Grant Reconsidered and The Supreme Court’s Retreat from Reconstruction. He is currently writing a book … Continue reading

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Echoes of Reconstruction: Challenges for Frederick Douglass Post-War: Black Equality & the Memory of Lee

ECW welcomes back Patrick Young, author of The Reconstruction Era blog I sometimes hear comedians joke that Black History Month, celebrated annually in February, is during the shortest month of the year. Rather than being emblematic of a slight, February was chosen … Continue reading

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Manticores, Myths, and Memory (part three)

(Part three of four) Paul Ashdown and Ed Caudill are co-authors of the latest book in the Engaging the Civil War Series, Imagining Wild Bill: James Butler Hickok in War, Media, and Memory (Southern Illinois University Press). Yesterday, they explained their … Continue reading

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Public and Private Recollections of Confederate General Edward Porter Alexander

ECW welcomes back guest author Abbi Smithmyer Nearly fifty years after the conclusion of the American Civil War, Edward Porter Alexander’s book Military Memoirs of a Confederate became available to the public. Alexander’s opening remarks begin with the following passage: … 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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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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Aunt Jemima and the Lost Cause

Quaker Oats has just announced they will retire the Aunt Jemima brand name and imagery. The ready-made, self-rising pancake mix got its start in 1889 at the Pearl Milling Company in St. Joseph, Missouri. The initial owners soon went bankrupt … Continue reading

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