Should the Museum of the Confederacy’s Appomattox Museum Fly a Confederate Flag?

Word comes that when the Museum of the Confederacy opens its Appomattox branch museum at month’s end, it will not fly a Confederate flag outside the museum … although apparently there will be plenty of Confederate banners inside the facility.  There’s an online petition to protest this decision, and, as one might suspect, there are howls of protest from certain quarters.

Above is a long view of the planned structure.  Below is a view of the entry, with its flagpoles flying state flags and the United States national colors.

I can see a case for flying a Confederate flag outside the building (not, I should add, the Confederate battle flag, but the Third National flag opposite the US national colors for 1865).  That would be an accurate historical rendering.  However, I have no strong feelings either way.  Rather, I’m interested in visiting the museum this coming summer.

What do you think?


Another View on Robert E. Lee

I thought some of you would appreciate this perspective, which embraces Robert E. Lee’s racial attitudes.  Whether you agree with it is another question.

I also direct your attention to this comment from Mr. Wallace:

Check out Facebook groups like the “Southern Heritage Preservation Group” or “180 Degrees Truth South.” They are full of multiculturalist idiots searching for “Black Confederates” who spend most of their time denouncing “racism” and “white supremacy.”

UPDATE: Mr. Wallace elaborates on his view of these groups.


Presidents and First Ladies

Here are the Grants …

and the Lincolns …

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A Bobblehead Bobble?

So one might think after reading this story about how the giftshop at Gettysburg National Military Park sells a bobblehead of Lincoln’s assassin, John Wilkes Booth.

Hat-tip to Bernadette Loeffel-Atkins, who came by this from her friend Sandra Young.


Attacking Abraham Lincoln

Oh, my … and you thought this year was a nasty one …

… and it’s not just limited to the president himself …

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Civil War Haiku

One of the most interesting things about the H. W. Brands lecture posted below is his mention of composing American history in haiku.  So, dear readers, here’s a chance to employ your creativity.  What haiku would you compose about the American Civil War?  Remember: a haiku has three lines, with five, seven, and five syllables in order.  So, for example, “Black Confederates” is a line in and of itself; so is “Ulysses S. Grant.”

Get to work.


H.W. Brands on Ulysses S. Grant

Yet another Grant biographer … 🙂


A lesson in American military history ….

… from Bill Murray, who clearly understood Clausewitz’s observation that how a country fights reflects its values and culture:

BTW, the New England Patriots were once 18-1.  Wonder why?


On the First Clash of Ironclads

Here’s my newest blog post for Library of America’s Reader’s Almanac … on the meeting of the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia on March 9, 1862.