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A family’s historical memory… of a Hessian ancestor

August 31, 2008 by


Other than posting about Civil War Memory and Digital History, I don’t often post about another period of American history that interests me a great deal… the colonial era through the American Revolution. However, in keeping in touch with the base theme of Civil War memory of this blog, it seems appropriate enough to make […]

No need for “interpretation” when the facts were made clear some 90 years ago

August 30, 2008 by


Recalling that I had something in my papers that deals specifically with the Virginia Servants’ Pension records, I started digging in my files and was happy to find something of value to the discussion about “Black Confederates.” More specifically, my finding addresses the need of some people today to insist that a “Black Confederate,” whether […]

More on headstones, pensions and “Black Confederates”

August 29, 2008 by


Feeling the need to clarify my thoughts on some things, the following applies… Regarding the use of pensions to justify ordering a soldier’s headstone While I do believe that digging into pension records of Civil War era soldiers/sailors can be a means of gathering evidence in support of military service, just as in the case […]

David Williams hits the nail on the head

August 27, 2008 by


Thanks to Dimitri Rotov and his blog for bringing about an awareness of Valdosta State University Professor David Williams’ new book Bitterly Divided: The South’s Inner Civil War. I haven’t read the book yet, but it looks like Williams has laid out many of the plain and simple facts that some Southerners have a hard time accepting.

Game Design Theory in Instructional Design

August 17, 2008 by


Changing gears from Civil War Memory for a bit. Clearly, with only a week before graduate classes start again, I’m getting back into the academic mindset… Though this post from another blog (EDUCAUSE CONNECT) is just over a year old, I couldn’t resist mentioning it here. I’m very interested in how game design theory can […]

Back from two weeks in New England

August 17, 2008 by


Just getting back from a two week run through New England (with lengthy stops in the Boston area, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and the area around Saratoga, NY). Had a great time… and a few chances here and there to think about the memory of the American Revolution in comparison to memory of the Civil […]