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Invoking the Name of Uncle Billy

April 16, 2010 by


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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

More thoughts on Mercersburg and the Confederate seizing of whites and blacks

May 28, 2009 by


This is something that I have thought about since I first saw the marker at Mercersburg… We know that white civilians (residents of the town) were seized in Mercersburg in October 1862 and sent South to POW camps. However, does anyone else find it interesting that the blacks seized in Mercersburg in 1863 (during the Gettysburg […]

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 […]

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 […]

Billie Demint – Part 2

March 31, 2009 by


Where did I leave off?  Oh, the lingering questions I had regarding the story of Billie Demint. First off, why would men from either side kill a young boy like this? Maybe I am being naive here, but soldiers, even the irregular kind, don’t do anything without seeing something to gain. A “killing” would have […]

Billie Demint and Civil War Memories, Part 1

March 30, 2009 by


During my recent visit to my childhood home, I looked upon a bit of local lore that years ago I’d latched onto – the story of Billie Demint. First let me explain the “story” as it reached my “memories” sometime in my growing years. As told by the local story tellers at various social settings, […]

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.” […]

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 […]

The curious evolution of “The Haunted Tank”

February 4, 2009 by


In my mid-elementary school years in the 70s, I went through a couple years with an intense interest in WW2 comic books. Ranking at the top of my list of favorites in the G.I. Combat series was The Haunted Tank. For those who need to have their memory refreshed, the “haunted” element of The Haunted Tank […]


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