Reading David Blight’s American Oracle this weekend, I’ve noticed a subtle, cautionary note that keeps playing itself as an occasional undertone. It reminds me again why the study of history has something […]
Stonewall Jackson got me into this whole thing in the first place. I wouldn’t be writing about the Civil War—wouldn’t be studying it, reading about it, interpreting it, giving tours about it, […]
#24: Travels to Hallowed Ground: A Historians Journeys to the American Civil War by Emory Thomas (1987) “Historian travels to battlefields and writes about his experiences.” Sounds right up my alley. After […]
#17: Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War by Tony Horwitz (1998) If there’s one book I’ve wished I’d written, it’s Confederates in the Attic. Of course, Tony Horwitz […]
I have a new clicker. The box calls it a “4-digit display tally counter”—a compteur manuel in French, according to the box—but we just refer to them as clickers. I’m working today […]
The clock on the fireplace mantel along the far wall still ticks away the seconds. On May 10, 1863, that same clock, in that same place, ticked away the last few hours […]
“If in the first act you have hung a pistol on the wall, then in the following one it should be fired. Otherwise don’t put it there.” Who said it?
“You just pick up a chord, go twang, and you’ve got music.” Who said it?
Election fiascos and strategy deliberations continue, while Pakistan’s army is laying waste to South Waziristan. The deliberations are of the utmost importance; more important and more pressing than health care reform. This […]
By Sara Robinson Dear Conservatives: Your fellow Americans demand an answer — and we want it now. Just one simple question: Are you deliberately trying to start a civil war? Just answer […]