Then, Thenceforth and Forever Acid Free »

I’m proclaiming this week Emancipation Proclamation week here at the CWP.  It’s just too big an anniversary for all the mainstream news outlets to ignore, and they’re proffering some fantastic articles I want to share. The video here lets you see what the Proclamation actually looks like. As the article says, it’s wonderfully, revealingly banal. […]

Watch Night »

Came across this while researching yesterday’s podcast, but sadly, the writing got away from me and I had to cut the reference.  This is a really lovely callout to history – it wouldn’t fit on my podcast but I might just put it on my bucket list. A tradition began Dec. 31, 1862, as many […]

It’s Heeeeere! »

I’m in under the wire of my deadline, but I can proudly say I’ve checked a resolution off my list already: The first ever Civil War Podcast is ready to go! (Take that, 2013!) To marvel at my lucid writing and dulcet tones (I know, I know – I am an admitted amateur!) click the […]

Black Confederates »

The Union County Historic Preservation Commission voted unanimously Thursday to approve a plan for a privately funded marker to honor 10 black men, nine of whom were slaves, who eventually received small state pensions for their Civil War service. It will be one of the few public markers of its kind in the country, and […]

Modern War, Modern Wandering »

If you decide to take one of the self-guided tours I linked to yesterday, remember that technology allows us to carry a guide with us.  The group mentioned in the article below has created a free, online guide to the Fredericksburg-area battlefields.  Isn’t technology wonderful? Via YouTube, iPods, iPads and smartphones, people can view video […]

William Still and the Underground Railroad »

A short biography of William Still includes this little Underground Railroad glossary. I’m all about the words this week, it seems. Named after the emerging steam railroad system, the Underground Railroad used many of the same railroading terms. Those who went south to find slaves looking for freedom were called “pilots.” Those who guided them […]

Smalls’ Wonder »

One of the anniversaries I missed due to my recent blog hacking was the swashbuckling escape of Robert Smalls.  It’s a more exciting action-adventure than anything Hollywood could dream up. He was conscripted by the Confederates to serve as a pilot on the Planter, a Confederate side wheel ammunition ship. Smalls took the Planter about […]

“The Midwife of American Freedom” »

Ta-Nehisi Coates’ blog at The Atlantic is always good for debate and discussion.  Today, he posts some interesting thoughts on Edmund Morgan’s American Slavery, American Freedom. Morgan’s basic contention, one which I increasingly find convincing, is that American slavery made American freedom possible. Thus, it is an understatement–and perhaps even a falsehood–to cast slavery, as […]

Martin Delany »

In early 1865 Delany was granted an audience with Lincoln. He proposed a corps of black men led by black officers who could serve to win over Southern blacks. Although a similar appeal by Frederick Douglass had already been rejected, Lincoln was impressed by Delany and described him as “a most extraordinary and intelligent man.” […]

Visualizing Emancipation »

The University of Richmond has posted an interactive, online map that charts the activity of the Union army and (sometimes unrelated) slavery/emancipation events across the states from ’61 to ’65.  It’s interesting to note how the red dots (emancipations) generally precede the blue dots (army investments), and to observe the profusion of red and blue […]