Friday, June 26, 2015

Gordon Rhea on the Confederacy's legacy. . .

Gordon Rhea is an attorney based in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, and an author of books on the history of the Civil War. He has lectured on military history at the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, at several National Military Parks and at historical societies and Civil War round tables across the country. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.

(CNN) The Confederacy's toxic spirit still casts a long shadow over the American South. . . Read Gordon's full op-ed piece here

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Monday, June 08, 2015

Drought exposes Civil War veteran's grave

The broken headstone recently secured to a concrete slab marks the burial site of Civil War veteran Corporal John McBride on the dry lake bed of Lake San Antonio in southern Monterey County on May 27, 2015.
(Vern Fisher, Monterey Herald)

HERE to read the full story at the San Jose Mercury News site. 

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Civil War Faces at the Library of Congress

Online offerings from the Library of Congress continue to expand at a rapid clip. No one has to know that much of the research for your new book was conducted in pajamas, on an iPad, at your kitchen table. Brew a fresh pot and spend some time with the Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs.

[Unidentified soldier in Confederate infantry uniform with musket and Bowie knife]

  • Digital ID: (digital file from original, tonality adjusted) ppmsca 32684
  • Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-ppmsca-32684 (digital file from original, tonality adjusted) LC-DIG-ppmsca-32127 (digital file from original item)
  • Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

Friday, May 08, 2015

Helena, Arkansas -- you can't get there from here

I passed through Helena, Arkansas last month, and the odds are good that I won't visit there again in this lifetime, or any other. It doesn't seem to be on the way to anywhere I'm likely to ever be going, but I'm glad I've been there once. While in town on a beautiful Monday in April, I took time to pay a visit to one of Helena's most famous residents, the "Stonewall of the West," Patrick Cleburne. Of the seven Confederate generals to come from Helena, three are buried in the Confederate Cemetery section of Maple Hill Cemetery (Cleburne, Thomas C. Hindman, and James C. Tappan).

Patrick Cleburne
Confederate dead at Maple Hill Cemetery
The "Fagan Six," from the Battle of Helena