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Ready for the “Spring Campaign”

March 28, 2008 by

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A little off course from Civil War memory today, but then again, maybe not. When I walked outside this morning, I was struck by the wonderful warmth of springtime. We’re supposed to climb to 70 degrees today (but drop to the 50s again tomorrow, darn it!) This is the type of weather, at this time […]

Recalling another instance of “shuffled” Civil War “memory”

March 27, 2008 by

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Quick story today… A couple of years ago, I ran into a gentleman in the Shenandoah Valley who proudly announced to me that he had a sword used by his great-grandfather (Perry Francis Cave) in the Civil War. I was greatly interested and asked him his ancestor’s unit. That was not so readily available, but […]

Valley of the Shadow Project and Civil War Memory

March 26, 2008 by

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I had planned on posting about something to do with Southern Unionists today, but in the course of deciding exactly what I wanted to write about (and after a little Web navigation), I came across something that I wanted to pass along. Most in Civil War era studies are probably aware of the Valley of […]

Reflections on Hewitt’s statements about the “Lost Cause”

March 25, 2008 by

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I found Hewitt’s comments about the Lost Cause while surfing the Web a couple of years ago and they have lingered with me ever since. I know that there were many in the North who wanted severe policies when it came to dealing with the postwar South. Despite what some have to say about reconstruction, […]

One Union soldier’s reflections on the Lost Cause

March 24, 2008 by

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The following is from Chapter 12 of the History of the Twelfth West Virginia Infantry (by William Hewitt) which is available on Linda Cunningham Fluharty’s fantastic website about that regiment. … regarding the war from a moral and political standpoint, it sometimes seems as if the war did not last long enough. It took years of the […]

Assumptions (maybe?… and hopefully not mine) and Civil War “memory”

March 20, 2008 by

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Thanks to a recent comment, I’ve been made aware of an error. Well, at least it appears to be an error. There are two headstones in the Winchester National Cemetery in Winchester, Virginia that are mix-match in nature when it comes to data and design. Really, this is no great surprise. As I mentioned in […]

“Do you love this country?!” – disturbing reflections on Civil War “memory”

March 19, 2008 by

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Just last fall, I was at a reenactment where I encountered one of my old friends. Now, I need to set the scene, so bear with me. Historically (funny word to use in this context considering the nature of Civil War “memory”), I have worn gray at reenactments. I reenacted Confederate maybe once or twice […]

The Civil War Blogosphere

March 19, 2008 by

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I want to pause briefly this morning to say “thanks!” to those who have linked to this blog. By doing so, they inspire me to continue in this very interesting practice. Only a month old (as of 17 March), this blog was created as a project for my graduate course in hypertext theory. While the […]

“Building blocks” of Civil War “memory”

March 18, 2008 by

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In yesterday’s post I mentioned some personal connections to the Civil War. Specifically, I recounted a story that I had learned, not through family stories but through a newspaper clipping that I found in scanning through the records of the Page News & Courier (Luray, Virginia). Reflecting on this, and since I am quite interested […]

Responsible Confederate flagging of graves

March 17, 2008 by

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This might seem petty to some, but this is just one of those items that gets under my skin. It’s just one of my those “stickler” issues that I have as an historian. Just about every morning, I drive by Woodbine Cemetery in Harrisonburg, Virginia and I notice the seven star First National Confederate flag […]

A dose of Irish, among other things

March 17, 2008 by

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This is a bit off track from the Civil War memory line of writing, but bear with me and I’ll get back to that. I couldn’t help but post about Irish ancestry today. Yes, I suppose one could say it’s one of those “ancestral obsession days.” Many of those who have Irish ties go crazy […]

Southern Unionists in the Union army… “sans” enlistment bonus

March 13, 2008 by

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In reading through the website for the 1st Alabama Cavalry, USV, I ran across an interesting page that made reference to a Grant administration veto. What it boils down to (at least my take on it) is that because these Southerners (Southern Unionists) enlisted to seek refuge (at least that was President Grant’s take on […]

“Unteaching the Civil War”

March 12, 2008 by

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I wish I could claim to be the originator of the string of words in the title of this blog, but I have to say that I borrowed them. While attending The College of William & Mary last spring, I was a student in Dr. Carol Sheriff’s doctoral Civil War seminar, and “unteaching the Civil […]

A Quick Tech-Note

March 11, 2008 by

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Just a quick note to keep the digital history category active (not that it becomes inactive for lack of postings but that I want to keep postings active while I labor over my hypertext non-fiction project and read Bolter and Grusin’s Remediation)… I found this great site for up-to-date information about Web technology, ReadWriteWeb, and […]

War Crimes Against Southern Civilians

March 11, 2008 by

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I remember sometime back receiving notification about the release of the book, War Crimes Against Southern Civilians. I didn’t purchase it but the first thing that crossed my mind when I saw the title was that this was yet another addition to the growing “self-help hate the Yankees” stack of books. From what I have […]

More evidence to chip away at the myth of Confederate nationalism

March 10, 2008 by

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After exchanging a couple of e-mails with a friend last night, I mentioned a genealogical website that I thought looked like it had potential. I gave the trial version of Footnote a try about a month or so ago, but it seemed to have slow response time (it may have had something to do with […]

Virtual booksignings

March 8, 2008 by

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I have to admit, this was new to me. I had never heard of virtual booksignings until I first saw a listing for such a thing on Civil War Interactive. I followed the link from CWI to VirtualBookSigning.net and was amazed. According to the website Virtual Book Signing™ provides the excitement of attending a booksigning, […]

More puzzlements over Civil War “memory”

March 8, 2008 by

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I’ve written about how I am puzzled over the way that those with no familial connections whatsoever have found “sympathetic connections” with one side or another in the Civil War. I’ve also written about how a person, descended from a Union soldier, had been left with a legacy of forgotten family participation in the war. However, today, I […]

On “Black Confederates”

March 8, 2008 by

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I’ve been enjoying Kevin Levin’s blogging about Black Confederates lately and I particularly enjoyed his post Black Confederates: The Standard Formula. I don’t really think much of the position that some in the SCV and neo-Confederates (yes, I recognize a difference between the two, though at times, people from the two sets are one-in-the-same under the same neo-Confederate ideology) have taken […]

A growing obsession with the development of Civil War “memory”

March 7, 2008 by

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There are a fair number of people today who write of the issues they have with Civil War “memory.” Obviously, I consider myself among that lot (my obsessiveness with the abuses reminds me of the way that Lynn Truss has issues with punctuation and addresses them in Eats, Shoots and Leaves). However, I find myself […]

I think that Thomas Jefferson would have loved hypertext

March 7, 2008 by

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I’ve been meaning to mention this for a couple of weeks and am just today getting around to it, but I can’t help but think that Thomas Jefferson would have loved the power of hypertext. After cutting out portions of the Bible and reorganizing those clippings in a way that reflected his beliefs (the Jefferson […]

Reflections on Cold Mountain… and a little more

March 5, 2008 by

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While the movie Cold Mountain has been out for sometime, I found a very interesting link to “Cold Mountain Diary.” Between this page and a few others, Charles Frazier (author of Cold Mountain) and others provide some great details about how the story came to be. Incidentally, I found this link through that syllabus that […]

Hypertext non-fiction vs. Hypertext fiction

March 4, 2008 by

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Just out of curiosity, I Googled “hypertext non-fiction” and then “hypertext fiction” to compare the number of hits that each would bring up. Remarkably, there were only 68 hits (though once I clicked on the second page of hits, I found only 23 active returns for the search. I should also note that when Googling […]

Ugghhhhh! That History Channel!

March 4, 2008 by

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OK, time to rant… I often wonder where history is anymore within the so-called History Channel. Yes, certainly it can be said that studying the universe is a part of history, but I think it would fit more appropriately in the Discovery Channel or a channel that concentrates on science. Sure, I like the series […]