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Southerners “honoring” Southern heritage

February 20, 2009 by


I just added a link to Greg Rowe’s blog because… he gets it. Through his words I can see that he is one of a growing number of Southerners who, after a long journey, is like me and is still learning to appreciate ALL facets of Civil War-era “Southern heritage” and is not caught up in “selective […]

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

February 17, 2009 by


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


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 […]

Southern Perspective(s) of the Civil War

February 9, 2009 by


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


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 […]

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

February 4, 2009 by


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 […]


February 2, 2009 by


Just for the fun of it, I just spent some time in the census records again. I noticed that the 1870 and 1880 census records online at the UVa site provide stats for the states of birth. So, considering the talk about carpetbaggers in a few places in the blogosphere, I figured I would run […]

Excellent discussion about Civil War memory and some issues pertaining to the “read-write” nature of blogging

January 29, 2009 by


I know many of the readers here are actually “travelers” who frequently make their way through Kevin’s Civil War Memory blog to my blog, but for those who do not make that virtual journey, check out Kevin’s posts (with comments) from yesterday and today (and even the day before). There is some great discussion going […]

Some thoughts on Lee-Jackson Day

January 17, 2009 by


It is fine to both privately and, to a degree, publicly reflect upon the lives of historical persons. It fulfills various needs of the living. Look at a historical person (or persons) and consider the part of the historical person’s character, actions, etc., and consider how one may take meaning from these reflections. For some, […]

What’s really (no, I mean REALLY) the problem with modern Civil War reenactments?

January 14, 2009 by


Noting the recent post by Kevin over at Civil War Memory, I figured I’d toss out some thoughts about reenacting. First, YES, I have reenacted. I started back in 1981, and then, in the midst of high school, other things became more important to a teenage boy (go figure). Then, I crept back into it […]

May I paraphrase you… out of context… General Jackson?

January 6, 2009 by


Looking through the unit history for the Staunton Artillery yesterday (for something pertaining to a post over at BullRunnings), I came across a quote that sounded familiar. Then I realized that it was from a Gods & Generals conversation between “General Jackson” and “Captain Smith.” Remember? It was one held at the artillery position (Ricketts’?), […]

A Confederate monument… and keeping the peace in one community

January 5, 2009 by


In the early 1900s, many Confederate veterans of Page County, Virginia (most of whom were probably members of the Rosser-Gibbons Camp, U.C.V.) decided to erect a monument to the memory of the county’s Confederate soldiers. Up to that time, “The Confederate Heroes Monument” was the sole Confederate monument standing in Luray. Sculpted by Herbert Barbee, […]

Where historical fact combined with fabrication (fiction) just presented a problem

December 29, 2008 by


As much as I hate to steamroller my own posts by double-posting (twice in the same day… truly, not among “best practices” in blogging), this story is just far more interesting than to just let it lay for a day. Call this an “historical memory watchdog” moment… This story about fabricating portions of recent proposed […]

The return of Confederate battleflags and the concerns of Union veterans… and others

December 27, 2008 by


I came across the image (originally published June 25, 1887) that follows below several weeks ago and I think, for anyone who knows the complex history of returning Civil War flags to their “homes,” this is an interesting cartoon. Of course, without a little background behind the cartoon, it might be meaningless for some who look at it […]

Historical “memory”

December 23, 2008 by


Noting a post elsewhere, I thought that perhaps it might be interesting to take a deeper look at what it means when one says “Civil War Memory.” However, before getting to “Civil War Memory,” it might be best to start off with basic historical “memory.” Historical “memory” is an interesting thing to consider. Specifically, I’m […]

Were Southern children really subjected to “Yankee lies” in school texts?

December 22, 2008 by


In a much earlier post, I promised to discuss something about the B.F. Johnson Publishing Company… so… In a letter written by one F.T. Amiss (we’ll see him again in another post) on April 13, 1914, Amiss remarked: …as an assistant Editor of the B.F. Johnson Publishing Co., of Richmond, Va., I helped to edit the first […]

Civil War “forgetfulness?” Ummm, sure… so “where did the love go?”

December 1, 2008 by


Noting a remark in a post made on Richard William’s blog that demonstrates Richard’s belief that saying “Civil War ‘forgetfulness'” is more appropriate than saying “Civil War ‘memory'” (I would argue that both “forgetfulness” and “memory” have valid places in understanding the way people reflect on the war, but that will come in another post), something came to mind. […]

Civil War Memory is not limited to “Civil War Confederate Memory”

November 29, 2008 by


Over the past nine months, I’ve spent some time focusing on problems with “memory” of the Civil War, but have limited it to problems with memory in those who look favorably on all things Confederate. I’ve focused on the new-era Confederate remembrance movement because, having once been a part of it, I am much more familiar […]

Pilgrims, Plymouth, Jamestown and a seemingly odd connection with the Civil War

November 25, 2008 by


O.K., this may seem wayyyy off topic, but it really isn’t. In one of the comments made in response to yesterday’s post, I made a remark that was based on something I saw in 2006 as an official release (General Order #5, to be exact) from the (then) top official of the S.C.V. The remark referred (I’m paraphrasing, but […]

Lost Cause Mythology… Rev War Mythology

November 24, 2008 by


For the first time in months, I decided to finally turn on History and watch a couple of episodes of The Revolution this evening. After watching two hours worth, I started to realize a few things… or maybe re-realize a few things. First, there was discussion about the Paul Revere myth… not much, but enough […]

County-by-county popular vote for the 1860 presidential election

November 23, 2008 by


Call it an obsession with maps… I found this image of the county-by-county popular vote for the 1860 presidential election. Regretfully, I haven’t located a larger and higher quality image. Clearly a more united North than a “Solid South.” Also, I’ve been looking into some other voting stats for the individual states (1850s & 1860s) as well […]

“Neo-Unionists” ???

November 20, 2008 by


I’m wired-in to a couple mail lists out there and recently I saw the phrase “neo-Unionist” surface. I know why the phrase might be used, but I’m not totally convinced that it’s a valid way to label a select number of folks. Maybe “Won-Causers” might be more appropriate for some folks, but I’m not convinced on the […]

In an effort to separate fact from fiction

November 15, 2008 by


Just shifting gears a bit this evening and focusing on the complications of Civil War-era memory at the level of a small community. By no means is the following some earth-shattering historical finding, but I use it here to give an example of how we should take care in interpreting what we read… and what is […]

“Imagined memory” and stereotypes as side-effects of Civil War-era art?

November 13, 2008 by


In response to a comment yesterday, I wrote: … when you have art that is created, not out of interpretation of real events, but based on how an artist imagines an historical person may have reacted in an unreal or imagined scenario, then you have an “imagined presentation.” Is it, at that point really historical art, […]

Some thoughts on Civil War art

November 12, 2008 by


Noting three different posts (here, here and here) in three different blogs about this print by Mort Kunstler, I thought I’d chime in with some thoughts of my own. Are the criticisms really attacks on Southern heritage (also known by some of having some absolute prerequisite of being Confederate heritage) or is it just that some folks […]

And speaking of “layers”

November 8, 2008 by


A Stokes County man is protesting the election of Barack Obama by mounting an upside-down X-ed out flag on his property. The flag is stretched upside-down between two poles in a field, with a black X running from end to end. The X is a reference to the Confederate Flag, Heath said. It reflects his […]

“Us,” “them,” and “we” in Civil War memory

November 7, 2008 by


Just a quick follow-up to yesterday’s post, and considering a comment made, I like to think back to something an old friend once said. It seems rather appropriate considering it was two years ago this month that this old friend, John L. Heatwole, passed away. The author of “The Burning,” John was often perplexed over the […]

And the election results show…

November 4, 2008 by


… that in 1860, the election results map was much more colorful than the election results maps of today! In all seriousness, it is interesting to see how the upper South was not in agreement with the lower South as to the best presidential candidate for 1860. It looks like all those warnings we saw about a secession-leaning […]

The State of this Blog

November 2, 2008 by


In the wake of the digital history-focused discussions (here and here) of last week, I figured it was time to check the stats for this blog. Though it did not really go active until February 21, 2008, I actually opened the blog site on November 3, 2007. So, though it has been an “active blog” […]

Are you sure your Confederate ancestor even wanted to be a Confederate?

November 1, 2008 by


On average, very few of us know what our ancestors actually thought regarding events within their own time. Regretfully, because of this some researchers begin to speculate because they want some sort of definitive explanation behind what they do find in their research. “Gray” or indefinite history is simply not acceptable to some, so there […]


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