Tag Archives: Reconstruction

The Unexpected Turn

In my conclusion to Turning Points of the American Civil War, I suggest that Lincoln’s assassination was perhaps a turning point of the war rather than just a tragic coda that followed the surrender at Appomattox. In his outstanding book … Continue reading

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Lee and Guerrilla Warfare

Two days before Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, a council of officers in what was left of the bedraggled Army of Northern Virginia hashed out three possible options for Robert E. Lee to consider. General John Brown Gordon, who was not … 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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A “Visionary” Plan? The Proposed March 1865 Peace Conference, Part 6

(Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5 are available. Part 6 is the concluding post in the series.) From his headquarters at City Point, Grant, in turn, informed Lincoln and Stanton that Ord had met with Longstreet … Continue reading

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On Location: The Wade Hampton Monument in Charleston

I’m On Location for the last time on this trip to Charleston, South Carolina. I’ve stopped in Marion Square to pay a visit to the Wade Hampton monument, which faces East Bay Drive. I’ve stopped her before to muse on Hampton’s … Continue reading

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Had He Lived

Every Memorial Day I give a program reflecting on the soldiers killed during the Breakthrough. There are dozens of compelling stories from which to choose for the Federals, but I have only been able to identify photographs or backstories for … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Fighting for General Lee: Confederate General Rufus Barringer and the North Carolina Cavalry Brigade”

Great Confederate cavalry commanders in the Civil War’s Eastern Theater continue to evoke admiration amongst some and fascinating study. But for every Jeb Stuart or Wade Hampton there were numerous subordinate commanders who brought just as much to the table … Continue reading

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Almira Hancock: An Officer’s Bride, Adventuress, & Homemaker (Part 2)

She opened the telegram, took a deep breath, and read aloud in a low voice: “I am severely wounded, not mortally. Join me at once in Philadelphia. Parker and Miller, I fear, are gone up.”[i] Wounded, not mortally. Join me … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 2/8/15-2/14/16

Today’s question comes from Ryan Quint, who asks, “Why did Reconstruction fail?”

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The Port Royal Experiment-Setting the Stage for Reconstruction, Part 4

Conclusion to the Port Royal Experiment series.   Despite the preparation, the enthusiasm, and the progress of the Gideonites based in Port Royal, South Carolina, the government had separate ideas for how Reconstruction should be structured. Educationally, the experiment was … Continue reading

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