Confederate Chances at Gettysburg

As we approach the 151st anniversary of the most famous battle of the American Civil War, I ask a few simple questions:

1. Did the Confederates have a chance to win a significant if not decisive victory at Gettysburg?
2. If so, when was their best chance during the battle to win that sort of victory?

Point Lookout Pilgrimage

As some of you may recall, there are Confederates in my family. One of them, Jordon H. Snow, served time for nearly a year at Point Lookout Prison in Maryland.

Tomorrow, June 28, 2014, the Descendants of Point Lookout POW Organization will be holding their pilgrimage. As I’m on the East Coast, and not too far away, I may just pay a visit. I hear it’s going to be an interesting program.

Quote of the Week: June 21-28, 2014

From a favorite friend of the blog … and a wonderful supporter of a certain Confederate heritage group … here’s Jerry!

What a bunch of evil nasty men, Simpson, Hall, Baker, Meyer, Young, Levin, Dick, and a large following of faggots, perverts and men who lie and say whatever vile garbage that Satan inspires them to say. Simpson has no guts, he tries to find as many off the path words, and while he has been educated in those things of primary use by Liberals, he has never done a days work in his life. This Yankee trouble maker does achieve one thing, and that is he proves that most American citizens are as dumb and uninformed as rocks. They absorb his bullshit as the truth when it is distortion and an attempt to make the Northern Yankee leadership look like something other than the war criminals and murderers and rapist and thugs that they were.

So too all the dummies out there, wake up, Lincoln is guilty of 500,000 American deaths, and many hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to our nation. Lincoln has caused the most American deaths than any U.S. PRESIDENT, TODAY, Obama is credited with spending the most taxpayer money and spending this nation into debt while advancing his own wealth and helping destroy America. Simpson, and his evil friends, supporters of Lincoln and Obama.

And Peter Carmichael says I don’t know how to take a compliment … and a big shout out to Miroslav Satan!

How Has Blogging Changed Scholarship? Has It?

At the Civil War Institute’s evening session last night, Peter Carmichael suggested that blogging had somehow transformed the nature of scholarly discourse in a less civil direction. He may well be right, although the decline of civility is by no means limited to blogging. But his assertion leads to another question: has blogging indeed had an impact on historical scholarship? Has it in any way changed the way we conduct scholarly discourse, or how historians reach out and contact a larger population? In short, are things the same, or are they different, why, and how?

Update: Kidnapping?


As you may have heard, there’s a story circulating about a possible kidnapping of a child by a person well-known to the Virginia Flaggers. The story had been updated here; I first mentioned this story here. Kevin Levin mentioned the story here.

Here’s an image of the woman complete with Flagger ballcap:

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Guess from the picture heading this post that we can say that the woman in question is no stranger to Susan Hathaway, although we’ve seen in the past how Susan has her picture taken with people, then denies knowing anything about them. We’ve heard that excuse before, yet well all know how much Susan and her friends like to have their picture taken.

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Why, hi there, Grayson Jennings! Hey there, Billy Bearden!

We expect the denials and excuses to start pouring in the moment this post appears.

We hope the little girl is safe and that this story has a happy ending.

Was Sherman A War Criminal?

So asks this Atlanta paper.

It will be interesting if people who complain about political correctness and presentism find themselves forced to concede that one needs to answer this question according to the standards of the time, and not some present-day notion of what the terms “war criminal” and “war crimes” mean. Mr. Davis’s case falls short, in part because he’s violated the rules of sound historical practice. But that doesn’t mean that someone more informed about these matters might not make such a case.

Ulysses S. Grant, Father

Ulysses S. Grant did not always have the smoothest relationship with his father. Indeed, old Jesse Grant could in turn berate his son, brag about him, embarrass him, and even try to take advantage of him.

Fathers are often shaped by their experiences as sons, for better and for worse. Sometimes, as sons know, the act of becoming a father sheds new light on what their own fathers did. In Grant’s case, he seems to have resolved to be a different sort of father than his own father was.

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