Browsing All posts tagged under »Civil War memory«

A pause in the data-flow regarding thoughts about Civil War sentiments in the Shenandoah Valley

April 4, 2008 by


Since I’m unable to find the next set of stats that I had planned to post today, I figured that this was a good opportunity to pause a bit and reflect on what I’ve put online and what is yet to come. About two years ago, when I was compiling data for my thesis, I […]

Ready for the “Spring Campaign”

March 28, 2008 by


A little off course from Civil War memory today, but then again, maybe not. When I walked outside this morning, I was struck by the wonderful warmth of springtime. We’re supposed to climb to 70 degrees today (but drop to the 50s again tomorrow, darn it!) This is the type of weather, at this time […]

Assumptions (maybe?… and hopefully not mine) and Civil War “memory”

March 20, 2008 by


Thanks to a recent comment, I’ve been made aware of an error. Well, at least it appears to be an error. There are two headstones in the Winchester National Cemetery in Winchester, Virginia that are mix-match in nature when it comes to data and design. Really, this is no great surprise. As I mentioned in […]

“Do you love this country?!” – disturbing reflections on Civil War “memory”

March 19, 2008 by


Just last fall, I was at a reenactment where I encountered one of my old friends. Now, I need to set the scene, so bear with me. Historically (funny word to use in this context considering the nature of Civil War “memory”), I have worn gray at reenactments. I reenacted Confederate maybe once or twice […]

The Civil War Blogosphere

March 19, 2008 by


I want to pause briefly this morning to say “thanks!” to those who have linked to this blog. By doing so, they inspire me to continue in this very interesting practice. Only a month old (as of 17 March), this blog was created as a project for my graduate course in hypertext theory. While the […]

“Building blocks” of Civil War “memory”

March 18, 2008 by


In yesterday’s post I mentioned some personal connections to the Civil War. Specifically, I recounted a story that I had learned, not through family stories but through a newspaper clipping that I found in scanning through the records of the Page News & Courier (Luray, Virginia). Reflecting on this, and since I am quite interested […]

A dose of Irish, among other things

March 17, 2008 by


This is a bit off track from the Civil War memory line of writing, but bear with me and I’ll get back to that. I couldn’t help but post about Irish ancestry today. Yes, I suppose one could say it’s one of those “ancestral obsession days.” Many of those who have Irish ties go crazy […]

More puzzlements over Civil War “memory”

March 8, 2008 by


I’ve written about how I am puzzled over the way that those with no familial connections whatsoever have found “sympathetic connections” with one side or another in the Civil War. I’ve also written about how a person, descended from a Union soldier, had been left with a legacy of forgotten family participation in the war. However, today, I […]

A growing obsession with the development of Civil War “memory”

March 7, 2008 by


There are a fair number of people today who write of the issues they have with Civil War “memory.” Obviously, I consider myself among that lot (my obsessiveness with the abuses reminds me of the way that Lynn Truss has issues with punctuation and addresses them in Eats, Shoots and Leaves). However, I find myself […]

Reflecting on my own “memory” of the Civil War

March 1, 2008 by


There are some wonderful blogs out there that reflect on contemporary issues of Civil War memory and there are even rants of disgust over the way that Civil War memory has been distorted. While I tinker around a bit with my own thoughts on Civil War memory, I think it would be a great idea […]

Mythbusting in Civil War memory

February 25, 2008 by


I hate getting those “chain e-mails” that give warnings demanding some form of country-wide outrage. I usually trash such e-mails without opening them, but in some cases, they are sent by a “friend.” In this case, I might open the e-mail and I might even read over the contents (and, most of the time, I […]

Comparing Civil War memory to Revolutionary War memory

February 23, 2008 by


In one of my classes last spring at William & Mary, I had the opportunity to examine how former Loyalists and Tories from the American Revolution had been treated in historic memory. Now, some think that the two are one in the same, but even I came to realize that this is not the case. […]

The he-man Lincoln-haters club

February 21, 2008 by


About a week ago, I had the opportunity to attend the annual Lincoln Birthday event (sponsored by the Lincoln Society of Virginia) held at the Lincoln family cemetery near Broadway in Rockingham County, Virginia (the Lincoln family resided in this county since the 1760s, and Thomas Herring Lincoln, President Abraham Lincoln’s father, was born here in […]

Fading “memories” of the Civil War

February 17, 2008 by


While I have been a student of the American Civil War for a number of years, within the last few years I have become fascinated with the memory of the Civil War. It became a focus of my masters thesis, “Flaws in the Armor of the Grand Illusion: Dissent, Reluctance and Disaffection for the Confederate […]


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