Minnesota’s Battle »

There’s a battle going on at the Minnesota state capitol: Turns out some really beautiful canvasses were removed for restoration, and the discussion is now ongoing over whether to replace them with more modern and inclusive artwork. I am a little torn; I am all for modernizing and inclusive-izing the artwork, but one of the […]

Park Service will study period after Civil War | The State The State »

Reconstruction is the dark side of the Civil War’s already pretty awful history; when all the gains fought for were surrendered and guiled away. The sesquicentennials still to come will not be as heavily observed as the wartime ones, but they have had a longer legacy. This is a good move on the part of […]

Re-enacting the ‘walk home’ »

A young reenactor is recreating a moment in the war that always fascinated me: The defeated southern soldier’s long walk home from the battlefields. Neat idea. Here’s wishing him good roads and fair weather. A 24-year-old Charlotte native, Brown has had an interest in Civil War history since he was a child. It’s something that […]

The Dangerous Myth of Appomattox »

Another interesting piece from the always-interesting Disunion, the New York Times’ commemoration of the sesquicentennial. This one is a reminder that the “Appomattox Peace” was the end of the beginning, as far as Southern resistance went. Reconstruction gets airbrushed away in tales of Grant and Lee and nobility and surrender. Grant himself recognized that he […]

World Wide Words: Bulldozer »

A surprisingly long etymology of the word “bulldoze”, which has its roots in Reconstruction and slavedriving.  Pretty fascinating.  If you’re a word nerd like myself, take a few minutes and read up on it. The word is definitely American. The earliest sense had nothing to do with machinery, but referred to a severe punishment, in […]

How Cotton Remade the World »

As a historian, one of my favourite aspects of study is to see the ripples that one stone cast in the global pond can have.  This article is an excellent little summary of how the American Civil War – fought entirely in the US and by American participants – became a force for change in […]

Black Canadians fought in the American Civil War »

Brief article (though supporting a much more indepth book) by a Canadian professor on the black Canadians who fought for the Union cause.  I’d been reading earlier this week about escaped slaves in Canada signing up for militia units to protect their new homes. This is an interesting counterpiece. The black recruits who joined did […]

Laird Hunt on a photo found at Gettysburg »

The Irish newspapers have had a few Civil War articles lately. This one is almost a tone poem; a meditation on photographs and the power they held for the soldiers who carried them. When the guns at Gettysburg had stopped booming and the dust had settled, a photograph was plucked from the dirt. It had […]

‘Dixie’s loss is Montana’s gain’ »

I’ve always been fascinated by the westward expansion after the war, though my focus was always on the Missouri guerrillas and how they laid the shaky foundations of the Wild West. The more sedate yet lasting effects regular immigrants caused hadn’t much occurred to me. Among those profiled were James, William and Charles Conrad from […]

“Godfor, a Gettysburg battlefield vulture” »

Somebody posted this image to Reddit last week, and as usual the userbase filled in some of the questions it inspired about Civil War deaths and mores. There are some well-read historians lurking on there amongst the jokers and the wags – this is a thread word reading. durutticolumn comments on Godfor, a Gettysburg battlefield […]