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Undistorting the Civil War »

I blogged previously about the new Civil War museum in Richmond. It seems to have officially opened now, and the NYTimes has some reflections on it. I’m fascinated by museum design in general, and designing one in the current fraught historical climate is of particular interest. The new American Civil War Museum in Richmond, Va., […]

Andrew Johnson’s Inebriated Inaugural »

If you’ve read Team of Rivals, you’ll be familiar with Andrew Johnson’s drunken Vice-Presidential inauguration. If not, and if you can bear the cringe-inducing details, click through for this summary. After expressing his gratitude to his colleagues for their kindness during his tenure as vice president, Hamlin suppressed whatever bitterness he felt about having been […]

Whitman In Washington »

Another article discussing Walt Whitman on his bicentennial, this one from the perspective of his years in the capital. There is also a list of commemorative events happening in the city to browse for anyone who’ll be in the area. Like many Washingtonians with creative passions, Whitman held down three government jobs to pay the […]

Rare Walt Whitman Artifacts Go on View »

Happy 200th birthday, Walt Whitman! To celebrate the poet’s bicentennial, the Library of Congress has a special exhibition of some of his belongings and notebooks. If you’re in Washington DC this summer, stop in for a visit. On June 3, the notebook will join a pair of partly frosted eyeglasses and a walking cane given […]

Remembering Tony Horwitz »

Some sad news – author Tony Horwitz has died. I read his Confederates in the Attic over 20 years ago, and was taken both with his humourous writing and his focus on the war’s lingering effects on America. I had actually earmarked a review of his new book the other day, with the intention of […]

Last Known Ship Carrying Captives For Slavery Found »

Some archaeological news from Alabama – the remains of the last slave ship was found. Researchers were also looking for a ship that had been burned and scuttled in the waters around Mobile — reflecting the captain’s attempts to block law enforcement from finding evidence of a crime. From February to July 1860, the Clotilda […]

Morgan horses are an American original »

Interesting little history of the Morgan horse breed, which was apparently a favourite during the Civil War. As I mentioned before, I know very little of horses, but I know a fair bit about Rienzi, and had always understood him to be a huge steed. Perhaps his rider was just that diminutive? Twenty-five years later, […]

Brazil’s long, strange love affair with the Confederacy »

I knew of the Confederados existence, but I hadn’t had the time to read much into the history of those Confederates who moved (with their slaves) to Brazil after the war. I’m horrified to find out their descendants celebrate the fact. What a strange, lingering aftereffect of the Civil War! This article was quite the […]

In the Shadow of Stone Mountain »

I’m not sure I agree with this lady’s take on Stone Mountain, but it’s a refreshing reminder that the Confederate statues debate is not always a black and white debate. (My issue is that the shades of gray most people promote are of a particularly Confederate hue.) Brown, who is 78, and other longtime residents […]

Impeachment, the First Time Around »

There’s a new book about Andrew Johnson and his impeachment, and the New York Times has given it a rave review. I’ll have to pick it up, but I might wait to see how the current Constitutional crisis shakes out first. I’m not sure it’ll make for consolatory reading. By February 1868, President Andrew Johnson […]