Monthly Archives: December 2011

My Trip to Harvard

By Colin Woodward One of the most fun, rewarding, exhausting, expensive, and potentially frustrating aspects of being a historian is the research trip. I think at the Chronicle of Higher Education website there should be a section on research trip … Continue reading

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Did 620,000 Men Die in the Civil War?

By Colin Woodward For generations, historians have assumed that the Civil War took 620,000 American lives (360,000 Union; 260,000 Confederate). It was one of the first things we hear in Ken Burns’ terrific 1990 documentary about the war. And Larry David, himself … Continue reading

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My Personal Fight against Reconstruction

I recently finished reading Worthy of the Cause for which They Fight, the grammatically titled diary of Arkansas general Daniel Reynolds. My review will be appearing in the online journal Civil War Monitor. At a used bookstore today, I picked … Continue reading

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