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How can “historical memory” be made a more palatable dish?

November 12, 2013 by

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Pardon me for being so quiet lately, but things have been a bit… busy. It doesn’t mean I stop thinking about the history… or the practice of the same. Take… “historical memory”. I’ve wondered if the practice among historians is as great as what it was a few years back. More important, I wonder if […]

My great grandmother’s wood cook stove

April 29, 2012 by

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It’s cool and drizzling here in the upper Shenandoah this morning. Perfect conditions for starting a fire in the wood stove. But, that having been cleaned-out for house showings, I’m afraid it will remain a cool stove while modern heating systems takes over. In the absence of the charm of a fire in the wood […]

“Do not expect to enter my house, if you disobey my orders.”

August 7, 2011 by

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It’s just one example of what likely occurred in many a Virginia household, in 1861, and even later. Yet, popular contemporary “memory” of Virginia, at war on the side of the Southern Confederacy, seems to have no, or very little “recollection” of such instances. The following comes to us via the August 7, 1861 issue […]

Dashing “Won Cause” mythology

April 1, 2010 by

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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. […]

How far for “Cause” and “Country?”

April 9, 2009 by

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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 […]

Civil War Memory and “Memes”

April 3, 2009 by

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This might seem a little over the top, but I thought it would be something “different” to consider in terms of Civil War memory. I actually ran across this several months ago. For whatever reason, it slipped my mind until I ran across it again in my research last night. Though the book that I […]

Looking beyond Confederate service records and pensions

March 23, 2009 by

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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.” […]

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

February 17, 2009 by

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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

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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 […]

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

February 4, 2009 by

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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 […]

Connecting imagery to tell history

January 19, 2009 by

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I just stopped by Kevin’s Civil War Memory blog, and, in today’s post, with so little, he says so much. With only one word and a few images, he has put meaning to it all by posting them at the present time. Words and imagery in context = meaning as defined by the user/viewer.  An excellent post […]

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

January 14, 2009 by

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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 […]

State-by-state comparison of secession referendum numbers

December 9, 2008 by

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Being just plain curious about the secession referendum in other states, I started looking-up the numbers a short time ago, and what I found surprised me. Texas, Tennessee, and Virginia appear to be the only states to actually allow the public to voice their opinion on the idea of secession. In Texas, the vote was […]

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

December 1, 2008 by

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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. […]

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

November 25, 2008 by

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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 […]

A call for “Resolutions”

November 14, 2008 by

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I think Kevin makes an excellent point in today’s post over at Civil War Memory. A number of recent events involving the Confederate flag are presenting an opportunity for Confederate descendant organizations to voice strong displeasure over the use of the flag as a symbol of hate and expression of disgust over the recent presidential election. Whether or […]

Some thoughts on Civil War art

November 12, 2008 by

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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 […]

The new header for Cenantua’s Blog

November 9, 2008 by

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It’s been up for over a week, but if you still don’t recognize the image in the new header, it is a photo of the Maryland State Monument at Gettysburg. Most of my direct relatives in the Civil War were Virginians, but I also have family ties to Maryland. Those from western Maryland were Union […]

And speaking of “layers”

November 8, 2008 by

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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

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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 […]

The State of this Blog

November 2, 2008 by

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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” […]

A story for the day…

October 1, 2008 by

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It’s really interesting (at least I find it interesting, not to mention a little strange), but when I was working up a plan for my thesis (for my M.A. in history), I never expected it to go down the path that findings from research took me. Some would think that the student would have more control, but […]

Is History Doomed to the “Arts & Humanities?”

September 27, 2008 by

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I’ve been thinking, and… considering recent practice in Digital History and the study of “Historical Memory,” maybe History doesn’t need to be limited to B.A. and M.A. tracks. First, with the expansion of Digital History, perhaps, if the instruction in Digital History practice goes beyond how to use HTML, XHTML, XML, Dreamweaver, blogs as a data-dump, etc., […]

Back from two weeks in New England

August 17, 2008 by

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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 […]