Monthly Archives: June 2011

Monte Cassino

I guess I could, or should, spend all my time reading Civil War books, which exist in far greater number than I can ever hope to keep up with. But I have other interests, including anything scholarly that relates to … Continue reading

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The Civil War in the North

Almost all the Civil War battlefields are in the South, but the conflict happened in the North, too, even if it was not on the scale that it was in the Confederate states. Roughly two million men served in the … Continue reading

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Douglas Southall Freeman

Douglas Southall Freeman, who was born in Virginia and was the son of a Confederate soldier, worshiped Robert E. Lee. Freeman lived most of his life in Richmond, where he worked at the city’s News-Leader newspaper. On his drives to … Continue reading

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Ed Ayers and the Governor of Virginia

Here’s a link courtesy of Kevin Levin at Civil War Memory. http://chronicle.com/article/U-of-Richmond-Chief-Stirs/127879/?key=TmN7Il9pa3EbbS5qYjcSaG4Ea3w7ZUl7N3UbaHQiblpcFA%3D%3D All this was happening while I was in Virginia, and I think it takes a special talent to piss off Ed Ayers. I’ve never met him, but I’ve … Continue reading

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Slaves at Arlington, Redux

With apologies to Brooks D. Simpson, John Neff, who works at the Center for Civil War Research at the University of Mississippi, has already provided me with some very helpful information, via h-net, about the newspaper column I quoted from … Continue reading

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Slaves at the Lee Family Home

By Colin Woodward In doing research on an unrelated topic, I came across an article in a Greenfield, Massachusetts, newspaper, the Courier & Gazette, of 15 June 1863, on the Lee family slaves at Arlington. The writer was in the … Continue reading

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Scottsboro

By Colin Woodward For me, the two most interesting aspects of American history are race and war. Recently, I finished reading Dan Carter’s terrific book, Scottsboro: A Tragedy of the American South. Somehow, I made it through graduate school without … Continue reading

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