There has been a good deal of activity at Gettysburg National Military Park in recent months. A major rehabilitation project is ongoing atop Little…
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Robert Gould Shaw awoke on September 18, 1862 within feet of roughly twenty dead “Rebel” soldiers. He had survived the previous day’s bloody fighting in…
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In the News The Naming Commission’s final report was published this week. It includes the recommendation to remove the Confederate memorial in Arlington…
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As I predicted last month, the Naming Commission has recommended the removal of the Confederate Monument in Arlington National Cemetery. The commission…
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One of the things that I am fascinated by, in my researching and writing about Robert Gould Shaw, is the extent to which his understanding of slavery…
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I published this piece in The Daily Beast back in 2016. It’s now behind a paywall. Overall, I think it holds up fairly well, but the events of the past…
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Personal News Next Thursday (Sept. 15) I will be speaking at the Olde Colony Civil War Round Table in Dedham, MA. The presentation will take place at…
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This is National Park Service interpretation at its best. In this video, park ranger Christopher Young, who works at the Chickamauga & Chattanooga…
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My introduction to the Civil War took place on the Antietam battlefield back in 1994. In fact, my first published piece, which appeared at about this…
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Update It turns out that the Ku Klux Klan marker at West Point is not, in any way, a celebration of the Confederacy. The media coverage of this story…
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Update: I have received additional information that sheds light on this marker. The image is part of a large relief that features roughly 150 additional…
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I am a voracious reader. I’ve been reading about the Civil War era for over twenty years and even with everything I have learned there is so much more…
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