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The voice of the Southern people left unheard…

April 26, 2010 by


Took a little “virtual walk” among some items in the Valley of the Shadow today and found quite a bit that was of interest, but wanted to throw these out for consideration… all from the Feb. 26, 1861 issue of the Staunton Spectator… The Natchez Courier “Contends that the people of Natchez were not in […]

Rockingham County, Virginia’s John Francis Lewis: his position on secession, the Confederacy, and postwar Virginia

April 23, 2010 by


Following-up on my passing mention of Rockingham County, Virginia’s delegates to the Virginia Secession Convention in this post the other day, I thought it might be of interest to readers to know a little more about one of those delegates. As the obituary from the New York Times indicates, John Francis Lewis was openly opposed […]

History-focused Memorials/Monuments and History Months

April 22, 2010 by


I enjoy the occasional visit to “Walking in the Berkshires” and, while I haven’t visited the blog much recently, I spent a little while the other day catching-up on a few posts made over the past few months. I found the post focused on the controversy surrounding South Carolina’s Secession Ordinance Monument quite enlightening. When […]

A snowball effect: the continued propagation of bad history in Confederate History Month in Va.

April 21, 2010 by


It just continues to get worse. As Kevin pointed out in a post yesterday, the S.C.V. camp in Harrisonburg/Rockingham County placed a proclamation in the Harrisonburg Daily New Record. Rockingham isn’t my home county, but I do have ancestry (including one third great grandfather in Co. A of the 58th Virginia Militia, and several cousins […]

Comparing reasons why the CW was fought with today’s tea party movement? Oh, come on!

April 17, 2010 by


“The War Between the States was fought for the same reasons that the tea party movement today is voicing their opinion. And that is that you have large government that’s not listening to the people, there’s going to be heavy taxation,” Fayard said Monday from his home in Duck Hill, Miss. “And the primary cause […]

Virginia’s John S. Mosby speaks…

April 15, 2010 by


Something to think about… The South had always been solid for slavery and when the quarrel about it resulted in a conflict of arms, those who had approved the policy of disunion took the pro-slavery side. It was perfectly logical to fight for slavery, if it was right to own slaves. – John S. Mosby, […]

Their own worst enemy

April 14, 2010 by


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


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 […]

Was Appomattox really sad for ALL those who loved the South in 1865?

April 11, 2010 by


Once again, while reading today’s post by Kevin, I’m compelled to write something longer than a comment to the post. Specifically, there was a comment at Richard Williams’ blog that was reflective of one contemporary person’s opinion of what April 9, 1865 meant to “all of us who love the South.” Well, to be frank, […]

“Good Confederates” by default

April 7, 2010 by


In the wake of posting about the annual proclamation for Confederate History Month in Virginia yesterday, I have some additional thoughts. First, were Virginians in the Civil War era, by default, Confederates? Absolutely not. Were those who lived throughout the South at the time of the war, by default, Confederates? No. So, why do people […]

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

April 6, 2010 by


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 […]

Dashing “Won Cause” mythology

April 1, 2010 by


It’s funny, but Civil War Memory is a double-edged sword. Being a Southerner, I’m used to the heavy dose of Lost Cause mythology, and several years ago, I finally came to the point where I could start to distinguish between myth and reality when it comes to the history of Southern Confederates in the war. […]

“It’ll tickle yer innards”

March 24, 2010 by


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 […]

Maryland and “the despot’s heel”

January 8, 2010 by


The deeper I get into the history of events in central and western Maryland, the more I am convinced that the “despot’s heel” argument really holds little weight. Not only is the state song out of date, it never really reflected the Civil War era opinion of the state as a whole. What prompted today’s […]

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

December 18, 2009 by


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 […]

Understanding Unionism in the Maryland “borderland”

September 30, 2009 by


Some are aware of my latest efforts in developing a unit history for Cole’s Cavalry, so I thought I’d occasionally share samplings of some findings. One of the things that strikes me about some of the Marylanders in the unit is the way that they considered themselves Southerners… and most really were since the majority of men […]

“Think of it!” A Confederate reflects on the duties of slaves with the Army of Northern Virginia

September 8, 2009 by


I recently saw this article come across the Web… and, quite naturally, was taken aback by the claim that these people make regarding the “rebel flag” flying “for freedom” and, of course, that “at least 100,000 blacks… fought in the war,” seemingly in the name of freedom as provided courtesy of the flag. So, when I found […]

Here’s hoping for better in the Sesquicentennial

August 31, 2009 by


“Turncoat Virginians”

August 27, 2009 by


When reviewing a Confederate unit history recently, I ran across a remark made by the contemporary author (not a person who actually lived during the Civil War) about the men of Samuel Means‘ Loudoun Rangers (see this link for an interesting history of the unit… strange to say, the author of this article also uses the word “turncoat” […]

A misunderstanding of the circumstances behind Virginia’s seizing Harpers Ferry?

July 1, 2009 by


Reading a comment in another blog today, I can’t help but lay-out the facts surrounding Virginia’s seizing of the Harpers Ferry Arsenal in April 1861.  The question is, was it really a “legal” action from the perspective of the (then) Virginia government? The fact of the matter is that the plans to seize the US Arsenal in […]

“Knowing” what our Civil War ancestors fought for, and the ways that “knowledge” is expressed

June 13, 2009 by


It’s rare, but certainly not impossible… there are times when the sentiments of a Civil War ancestor are clearly expressed in letters, diaries, and other wartime documents. For the most part, however, I’d argue that we rarely know the reasons for which our Confederate ancestors were serving. That’s why I find it rather bold of someone when they […]

… and yet another huge Confederate flag?

June 9, 2009 by


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 […]

Blacks and whites in non-soldier roles with the Confederate army

May 21, 2009 by


I think there is something that is missed in all of these discussions about blacks in “service” roles with the Confederate army. Let me be more clear. We know there were some in the muster rolls of units, and to spare me the rants of those who completely fail to understand where I am coming […]

Applying UFOlogy Techniques to the Search for Black Confederates

May 15, 2009 by


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


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 […]

Is defining the war as a sectional crisis problematic?

April 20, 2009 by


I’m thinking through this, but let’s give something some thought… I wonder if looking at the war as a sectional crisis has presented a problem (especially in terms of “historical memory”) in not only defining the people within those sections but understanding just how complex the history of the war really is. The geographical borders laid […]

A visit to the American Civil War Center

April 20, 2009 by


On Saturday afternoon, I had the opportunity to visit the American Civil War Center, and, as one who is in search of how Southern Unionists are represented in reflections of the Civil War, I began my walk-through anticipating what I might find. While an interesting and different way to present the history of the war […]

How far for “Cause” and “Country?”

April 9, 2009 by


Quick post today, but as I am very aware that today is April 9… the anniversary of Appomattox, I just had a few thoughts driving to school today. At Appomattox, Lee had but a fraction of the men that once filled the ranks of the ANV. Sure, many had died along the way, suffered incapacitating […]

My beef with care-free “headstoning”

March 26, 2009 by


Harry (aka Bull Runnings) sent me this image just yesterday. The shot is of a headstone in a cemetery in Beaver County, Pa., near the Pennsylvania/Ohio line. Now, to some, looking at this headstone might evoke a response like, “Yes, so, it’s a Confederate soldier’s headstone. So?” Yet, it just isn’t that simple. For one, […]

Looking beyond Confederate service records and pensions

March 23, 2009 by


Just a passing thought this morning (and a relatively light post considering I am deep in my thesis right now), but, I’d like to say something quick about questionable loyalties when it comes to Confederate soldiers. I’ve mentioned it before, but from what one finds in a service record and a pension is not “all-revealing.” […]


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