Tag Archives: National Park Service

ECW Honors Dave Ruth for Service in Civil War Public History

Emerging Civil War is pleased to honor Dave Ruth, former superintendent of Richmond National Battlefield Park, as the recipient of this year’s Emerging Civil War Award for Service in Civil War Public History. Emerging Civil War’s Award for Service in … Continue reading

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Monument Removal in NPS Appropriation—An Update

I reported last month on a House appropriations bill for the Department of the Interior—HR-7608—that would require the National Park Service, within 180 days of enactment, to “remove from display all physical Confederate commemorative works, such as statues, monuments, sculptures, … Continue reading

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A Comment on Civil War Monuments

Recent events have raised questions about the preservation of Civil War sites and monuments on National Park battlefields. As some of my Emerging Civil War colleagues and I discussed these potential threats, we decided it was important to say something. … Continue reading

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Understanding History Through Addition, Not Subtraction, on Civil War Battlefields

Last Wednesday, I reported on a provision in the Department of the Interior’s 2021 spending bill that would, if approved by Congress and signed into law by the president, remove Confederate statues from national parks. “It’s a top priority of … Continue reading

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Removal of Confederate Monuments from National Parks?

A reader sent to me yesterday a copy of the proposed 2021 appropriation for the Department of the Interior, which includes the National Park Service, and he called to my attention to an item on pg. 160 of the appropriation: … Continue reading

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The Civil War Zoom Boom, part four: Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site

(part four in a series) When the online “Zoom Boom” started in late March, Nick Sacco saw an opportunity. Sacco is a historian at Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site in St. Louis, and he already knew, with the History … Continue reading

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A Conversation with John Coski (part three)

Part three of six I’m talking this week with John Coski, recipient of ECW’s 2019 Emerging Civil War Award for Service in Public History. John works as a historian with the American Civil War Museum in Richmond and, prior to … Continue reading

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A Conversation with John Coski (part one)

Part one of six In August, ECW present its 2019 Emerging Civil War Award for Service in Civil War Public History to John Coski, historian with the American Civil War Museum in Richmond (and, prior to its merger, with the … Continue reading

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Do We Still Care About the Civil War: Chris Mackowski

The cover story of the newest issue of Civil War Times asks, “Do we still care about the Civil War?” ECW is pleased to partner with Civil War Times to extend the conversation here on the blog. Today, we conclude … Continue reading

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Book Review: Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth

Kevin Levin, a historian, educator, and blogger based in Boston, has waded into this argument keyboard blazing. The first three chapters discuss in depth the definition of a “camp slave.” When a slave-owning family sent one of their men to … Continue reading

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