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Trained historical analysis applied to primary source materials = Southern bashing?

September 30, 2008 by

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Although I have taught at a New England college for the past twenty-three years, I am a son of the South.  My ancestors on both sides fought for the Confederacy, and my father was named Jack, not John, because of his father’s reverence for Stonewall Jackson.  On my fourteenth birthday I was given a .22-caliber […]

A study in “honors at the gravesite”

September 30, 2008 by

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I’d like to add more to the Levi Miller investigation, but that is ongoing. So, in the meantime, I thought I’d launch a different study. Actually, I’d like to ask a question that evolves out of one of the comments I received yesterday about individual perspective of what it means to have gravesite ceremonies for Civil […]

Additional thoughts on Levi Miller

September 29, 2008 by

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After yesterday’s post, I started thinking about possibilities… like turning a cube around and considering all of the angles, I think I may have found one that has yet to be considered (please let me know if it has been considered in another blog, book, magazine article, etc). For these African-Americans who received pensions as […]

Some thoughts on Levi Miller

September 28, 2008 by

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Recently, when doing my daily blog surfing, I came across this post about “black Confederate” Levi Miller at Richard Williams blog. As with every “black Confederate” that pops up on the radar, I was skeptical. However, Miller received a pension under one of the acts that granted veterans pensions (Miller’s was filed under the act of […]

Is History Doomed to the “Arts & Humanities?”

September 27, 2008 by

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I’ve been thinking, and… considering recent practice in Digital History and the study of “Historical Memory,” maybe History doesn’t need to be limited to B.A. and M.A. tracks. First, with the expansion of Digital History, perhaps, if the instruction in Digital History practice goes beyond how to use HTML, XHTML, XML, Dreamweaver, blogs as a data-dump, etc., […]

“The Party of Lincoln!”… um… or is it really?

September 26, 2008 by

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I’m not going into who is right or who is wrong politically in my blog because that is not what this blog is about. However, in terms of Civil War era Memory… let’s call this a hodge-podge of thoughts from the “for what it’s worth” file… … when a Republican presidential candidate proclaims that he is […]

Confederate Remembrance… a right or a privilege?

September 26, 2008 by

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I was going to post something else about layers in flags, but I just lost interest in that. Instead, I’m going to pose a question… Is Confederate remembrance a right or a privilege? No, seriously… (and this demands serious and thoughtful answers… not rants). At what point did some of those who partake in Confederate remembrance […]

“Layers” of symbolism in the Confederate flag

September 24, 2008 by

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I just responded to a reader’s comments about the Confederate flag. It made me revisit something that I had discussed with someone else in the not so distant past. What is the problem with the Confederate flag, today? To some, my take on it might sound over-simplistic, but I see the problem as “layers.” The flag has historical […]

The State of the Blogosphere 2008

September 23, 2008 by

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If you are a follower of Web 2.0 and are as curious as I am about the potential of social networking, ReadWriteWeb is a must have e-mail subscription. The State of the Blogosphere 2008: Technorati Numbers Indicate Blogging is Niche and Slowing is a piece from the latest edition and reveals some very interesting stats…

Helllooooo, anybody here?

September 18, 2008 by

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Despite the absence of posts for almost two weeks, I’m still here. However, as Masters Comps Exams are fast approaching, my posts and responses to comments directed at posts are in a temporary “holding pattern.” I’ll try to get something up soon, but I’m not going to be able to get back to the full […]

“Yankee(s)” and “Rebel(s)”

September 7, 2008 by

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A number of years ago, while working with a magazine editor in fine-tuning one of my articles, I encountered a problem. I felt (and still feel) that, unless used in a quote, it was unprofessional to use the words “Yankee(s)” and “Rebel(s)” when writing about the activities of the armies. Despite my feelings, the editor […]

“Southern perspective” — one example of many

September 6, 2008 by

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“Although connected by ties of birth and blood with the South, I loved my country and flag better than my State or section.” — p. 10, Cole’s Cavalry; or Three Years in the Saddle in the Shenandoah Valley, by C. Armour Newcomer Though the book was written nearly forty years after Appomattox, it is one version of “Southern […]

“Southern Heritage”

September 5, 2008 by

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Abstracted from a portion of my response to a comment…” Depending on how it is used, “Southern Heritage” does not necessarily mean “Confederate heritage.” To be Southerner does not mean that one had to be Confederate. For that matter, to have “Southern Heritage” does not mean that the ancestry alive at the time of the war, was “exclusively […]

Would it not be better to tell the story of the Confederate soldier?

September 4, 2008 by

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After yesterday’s post, I began to think more about the organization, formed as the male heirs of Confederate veterans, telling a “Southern perspective” of the Civil War. I think it would be more appropriate, as an organization formed of male descendants of Confederate soldiers, to tell the story of the Confederate soldier. However, like telling the “Southern perspective” of […]

“Perspectives” on the Civil War

September 3, 2008 by

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Noting two (see 1 & 2 ) different blog posts that mention a relatively recent newspaper article, I began to think about the reasons for giving a “sectional perspective” of the Civil War. In this article there is something about one of the goals of the SCV. Granted, the words appear to be that of the author […]

The potential of Augmented Reality (AR) in historic tours

September 2, 2008 by

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As one who has a passion for enhanced historic experiences, I can say only one thing about this… it’s just way too cool!

My point in posting the pension abstract… more on the way in which “Black Confederates” are “honored”

September 1, 2008 by

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Despite criticism of my motivations behind one of my most recent posts, posting what I did was not merely a matter of convenience in support of my argument. The material does support it, but that’s not the point. This is just laying out the facts as defined, not by me, but by the state and […]