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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Blotting out the “memory” of a formidable foe?

December 10, 2008 by


Thanks go out to Craig over at To the Sound of the Guns for making me aware of this one. It’s interesting to see how monuments are refined or “tweaked,” after they have already been erected. As an example, take a look at this… (these images are from this page of The Historic Markers Database […]


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