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Civil War Hallowe’en Costume »

To celebrate a Civil War Hallowe’en, these parents have gone all out: Their wheelchair-bound son with cerebral palsy is going as a Lincoln Memorial snowglobe, complete with bubbles as “glitter”. Hard to top that in the costume competition! Source: Boy with cerebral palsy dressing up as Lincoln Memorial snow globe for Halloween | abc7chicago.com

Statue Auction »

This is an interesting solution to the Confederate statue question: One community sold a monument to a private investor, and made a tidy profit on it! The likenesses of Confederate slaveowners being sold on the auction block is an ironic turn of events. Now, one city has settled on an unusual answer: Sell the statue […]

The Lumpkin Daughters »

While not strictly Civil War related, this book – reviewed here in the NY Times – shows the legacy of at least one die-hard secessionist upon his daughters. This sounds like a fascinating family history. These are just snapshots of a densely braided biography spanning eight decades, not counting the Lumpkins’ forebears and the rediscovery […]

Book Review: The Tubman Command »

There’s a new novel about Harriet Tubman. Tubman’s daring raids into Confederate territory to rescue slaves and scout for Union armies are the perfect fodder for an adventure novel. I’ll have to see if I can pick this one up at some point! A historian and novelist, Cobbs dramatizes events from late May and early […]

These Honored Dead: Paying Homage to Our Past »

Happy Confederate defeat day! Admittedly, it took another two years before the capitulation was complete, but the seeds of that Union victory were sown on July 4th, 1863. Lee began his retreat to Virginia after Gettysburg, and Grant wrapped up the siege of Vicksburg. While the two forces at Gettysburg spent the Fourth of July […]

Book Review: The Impeachers »

As they watch modern day Washington with a wary eye, Impeachment proponents can find some aspirational reading in a new book about Andrew Johnson’s proceedings. The Guardian reviews it here. Implicit or not, parallels abound with current American life. Johnson’s “Swing Around the Circle” railroad trip featured rallies at which his language was (at best) […]

Bible underscores Lincoln’s belief he was to end slavery »

As with a few of their other holdings, the Lincoln Presidential Library’s new Bible acquisition is of dubious connection to the man. He may have thumbed through it once or two, but an eighteen pound Bible is not really a book that lends itself to light reading. (Pun intended. Also, eighteen pounds?!) A Bible given […]

Slave Names »

Another local story, this one dedicating a local square in the name of a USCT soldier. This article added an interesting point about slave names that I’d never considered before. But when enlistment opened for men of color in Cape Girardeau, the Army wants you to have a first name and a last name. And […]

Reparations: Reasonable and Right »

NYTimes columnist Charles M Blow weighs in on the current Reparations debate. This is a topic that I admit flummoxes me: I see the point of paying reparations, but it’s a difficult thing to plan and implement. It’s a valuable debate to have, regardless. Source: Opinion | Reparations: Reasonable and Right – The New York […]

Ta-Nehisi Coates gave Mitch McConnell a powerful lesson on reparations »

The writer Ta-Nehisi Coates testified for Congress on a bill that discusses reparations for slavery. Mitch McConnell weighed in with the following quote, which would be a lot less cynical if he didn’t use “We”. A politician who devoted himself to undermining the entire African American presidency he namechecks isn’t one to claim that efforts […]