Browsing All Posts filed under »historical memory«

Invoking the Name of Uncle Billy

April 16, 2010 by

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I should have predicted this last week. As the debate over Governor McDonnell’s statement continues, someone would cite General Sherman’s March to the Sea or through the Carolinas out of context. And we have at least one from Mike Church: Yes, only “Confederates-took up arms against their fellow Americans.” Gee, what does that make the men of […]

Their own worst enemy

April 14, 2010 by

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Last night, when I was thinking about developing a post about how [many] Confederate celebrationists have essentially made things worse for themselves for not having acknowledged different historical facts in their efforts to “honor” the Confederate soldier, this was posted by Brooks Simpson. What a fine example of how these celebrationists have gone down the […]

… and then there is the history-warping media…

April 13, 2010 by

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While CNN and others challenge the idea of Virginia’s proclamation for Confederate History Month, I think it’s a fine time to point out that many in the media are doing an equal amount of injustice to history as those who want to take Confederate history down the “Moonlight and Magnolias” path. It’s really sad, but […]

A more realistic alternative to Confederate History Month in Virginia… or anywhere else in the South

April 6, 2010 by

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Keying off of both Kevin Levin’s and Brooks Simpson’s posts on Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s proclamation (an annual proclamation from the Governor’s office for a number of years back) about Confederate History Month (this year’s is actually modified slightly from last year’s proclamation), I felt the need to toss in a few comments of my […]

“It’ll tickle yer innards”

March 24, 2010 by

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Yes, I’ve been quiet for a bit, but… I’m more of a mind to chat when there is something to actually chat about… I’ve recently taken notice of the $125,000 Joseph E. Johnston statue at Bentonville and… uhhhhhh… I think it detracts more than adds to Bentonville. To each his own, but really… First, it’s […]

Looking for manumissions… on the part of my family

January 11, 2010 by

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A couple of months ago,  I purchased a book that provides information about the African-American manumissions for Washington County, Maryland. The objective… to see if I had any family members who freed slaves in the 1850s and even as late as the early 1860s, in advance of the Emancipation Proclamation. Now, as I mentioned in […]

On the opinion that the Emancipation Proclamation didn’t free any slaves…

December 18, 2009 by

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I’m somewhat embarrassed by it, but until late this past summer, I didn’t realize that Maryland took action to free slaves in the state… and yes, this happened before the end of the Civil War. I’ve been looking into this a bit more and mostly following the flow of thoughts and events through the wartime […]

Website development underway

December 5, 2009 by

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I’ve been busy for the past few days in Photoshop CS3, developing a graphic that will serve as the entry portal to my website. I locked onto the domain about two years ago, but found that schoolwork just never gave me a chance to really sit down and work on making something with all the […]

I like [good] pies – a personal history

September 4, 2009 by

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Some light, simple, personal history for the day… As I said… I like good pies… apple, cherry, coconut cream, lemon meringue, etc., etc. Not only do I like good pies, but I like to make good pies. I think the older I get, the more serious I am about making good pies… better. They are […]

Historical errors… they aren’t just for the Civil War, ya know?

July 8, 2009 by

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It seems like I’ve been stuck lately in my thoughts of the Revolutionary War. They have appeared, now and then, in posts, but posts haven’t quite captured the amount of time I’ve spent thinking about the Rev War lately. Fact of the matter is that I consider myself a self-repressed/underlying Rev War/Colonial Era enthusiast bordering on […]

A safe and happy 4th!

July 4, 2009 by

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Here’s wishing everyone a safe and happy Independence Day! In thinking about the day this year, after a trip to Saratoga, NY last summer, I find it rather interesting to reflect on my Hessian relatives. So, a quick sidetrack from the American Civil War today… Sure, I have my fair share of ancestors who were […]

The Order of Enlightened Descendants of Civil War era Southerners

June 24, 2009 by

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I’ve been thinking about this for quite sometime… As Southerners pursuing a better and more complete understanding of our Southern heritage AND accepting the fact that the legacy of the Lost Cause left us with a rather narrow glimpse at the realities that surrounded Civil War era Southerners, what sort of organization might best encompass the full breadth […]

… and yet another huge Confederate flag?

June 9, 2009 by

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Noting today’s post on Kevin’s blog about the recently raised Confederate flag (yes, another huge one) in Tennessee and a few comments made by H.K. Edgerton. I thought I’d bring up a point that appears to have been totally and completely ignored in Edgerton’s comment. He said… “This is a southern flag. You can’t attack this […]

Applying UFOlogy Techniques to the Search for Black Confederates

May 15, 2009 by

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Ok, once again I’m caught watching non-history programming on the History (Channel).  My official excuse is there was nothing else on except re-runs of old 80’s shows in TV Land, and some news program where people yell a lot.  So I had UFO Hunters rolling in the background while I worked on Historical Marker entries. […]

Back in the ring…

May 11, 2009 by

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O.k., let me take another deep breath… and exhale… I’m back. Just trying to get the wheels turning again on this particular track, but I’m definitely feeling the need to get back to some rigorous discussions on the Civil War. Once again, I appreciate all of the supportive comments on this blog as I made […]

Civil War Memory and “Memes”

April 3, 2009 by

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This might seem a little over the top, but I thought it would be something “different” to consider in terms of Civil War memory. I actually ran across this several months ago. For whatever reason, it slipped my mind until I ran across it again in my research last night. Though the book that I […]

Gary Gallagher lays it out in CWT

February 25, 2009 by

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Hat tip to Harry at Bull Runnings for making us all aware of (among other things in the latest issue of Civil War Times) the piece (“Let the Chips Fall Where They Will”) written by Gary Gallagher. Gallagher addresses, as I see it, a “peanut gallery” of critics. Though a short piece, it’s enough to say (and this is […]

What is a “true and complete” Southern perspective of the Civil War?

February 17, 2009 by

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If one says he/she is going to present a “Southern perspective” of the Civil War, do you cringe or roll your eyes and say something like, “oh no, here we go?” Is it possible to deliver a non-slanted “Southern perspective” of the war without tripping over all of the perspectives that actually make up THE Southern perspective of […]

Defining Southern Heritage in Civil War Remembrance

February 15, 2009 by

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If modern Confederate remembrance does not come close to accurately capturing the true definition of Southern heritage in the Civil War era, what does? I’ll be posting on this in the coming week. In the meantime, hat-tip to Kevin at Civil War Memory for making us aware of a YouTube clip, and a “well-done” to […]

On Lincoln’s 200th Birthday

February 12, 2009 by

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In trying to figure out the best way to express my feelings in a post about the 200th birthday of Abraham Lincoln, I think I’ve stepped back a bit in my own memory. In my youth, Lincoln was, quite honestly, a significant factor in developing my interest in the American Civil War. I can still […]

Southern Perspective(s) of the Civil War

February 9, 2009 by

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I know, I’ve talked about this before, but clearly, the view of the Civil War in terms of “Southern perspective” suggests something… singular… even an implied “unity” as a people in support of “Cause.”  It is reflected in the way that some people represent “Southern perspective” as “Confederate perspective.” Plurality is missing, and therefore the singular representation misleads, […]

Great new addition to the blogroll

February 6, 2009 by

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I was delighted to hear from Victoria Bynum (Free State of Jones: Mississippi’s Longest Civil War) last night via a comment made by her in my Southern Unionists Chronicles site. Not only was it great to hear from her, but it is even better knowing that she has launched her own blog, Renegade South. For those who […]

More new imagery from the new version of “The Haunted Tank”

February 5, 2009 by

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Carrying over from last night’s post… Ya gotta admit, Stuart is in full form in this shot with the M1 Abrams!

Who’s foolin’ who? More on “black Confederates”

February 4, 2009 by

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I was greatly interested in Kevin Levin’s post yesterday about the planned event to honor two “black Confederates” (or is it slaves?) in North Carolina… especially since I was preparing a post addressing my concerns about the way “black Confederates,”  in general, are being represented in remembrance events and “Confederate-friendly” published works. I don’t know enough yet to say […]