Day: August 21, 2014
Kevin Levin on The Crater
Here you can watch and listen to Kevin Levin discuss the Battle of the Crater. Enjoy!
PS: I was so waiting for Grayson Jennings to say something to Kevin’s face. Guess he was skeered. Hard to restore the honor when you have none, Grayson.
Another Online Resource
If you like sketches like these …
… then you might like to look at this:
CHARLES WELLINGTON REED PAPERS
The papers of Civil War soldier and artist Charles Wellington Reed, who served with the Ninth Independent Battery, Massachusetts Light Artillery, includes approximately seven hundred sketches and correspondence relating primarily to the Civil War. The letters are often prefaced by drawings which further illustrate not only the rigors of military life, but also the amusing and mundane aspects. The contents of the letters and corresponding sketches well document the ways in which soldiers adapted to seasonal changes in the weather, how they amused themselves, and the routines of camp life in the Army of the Potomac.
Online presentation: http://www.loc.gov/collection/charles-reed/about-this-collection/
Finding aid in html: http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mss/eadmss.ms001005
Finding aid in pdf: http://rs5.loc.gov/service/mss/eadxmlmss/eadpdfmss/2001/ms001005.pdf
Reed won the Medal of Honor for his actions at Gettysburg in rescuing battery commander Captain John Bigelow on July 2, 1863, when the 9th Massachusetts Battery came under attack that afternoon.
Confederate Heritage Under Fire in Ferguson, Missouri?
We hear a great deal about the proper use of Confederate symbols, including the Confederate flag, and passionate defenses of the proper display of the Confederate battle flag.
Now comes word of the Ku Klux Klan’s interest in injecting itself in the situation at Ferguson, Missouri. Yup, just when you thought things could not get uglier.
Even some Klansmen seem confused about this. Others are not so confused.
I await the passionate protests by Confederate heritage groups against a white supremacist group using what its defenders deem a scared banner for such a purpose. After all, they have no problem attacking other people who don’t like the display of the flag in certain contexts.
If the Confederate Battle Flag does not represent white supremacy, folks, then let’s hear you denounce the KKK for using it … and let’s hear it with the same intensity and frequency that you use when you assail other groups.
Restore the honor.