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Weekly History News Roundup

The iconoclasm continues… “offensive” monuments to American Indians will fall next


Duke University symposium addresses monument removalpanels conclude monuments are not the problems we face today


Vandalism of Confederate monuments continues… North Carolina monument desecrated for second time this year


Katie Couric plans documentary about Confederate monument debatea fair and balanced approach is not in the offering


Profile in Courage Award goes to Mayor of New Orleans for tearing down monuments… Landrieu is so very shrewd in the spotlight 


James Madison Preparatory School in Tempe, Arizona  Presents:


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Weekly History News Roundup

Charlottesville must remove shrouds over Confederate monumentsjudge rejects City’s argument that shrouds were to honor protest victims


So-called “Hitler Bell” to remain in German church… town council votes to keep controversial bell as a memorial


South Carolina gubernatorial candidate’s ancestors owned slaves… Her comments on the Civil War have drawn criticism


Lock of George Washington’s hair discovered in 18th century almanacheirloom belonged to the Hamilton family


Ancient Roman boxing gloves unearthedonly known pair of sparring gloves ever discovered


Washington must have slept here

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Fading Away….

Battle lines are fading...

Battle lines are fading…


Civil War reenacting is a dying hobby… numbers have declined sharply over the last 20 years- due in part to the recession, but many of the wounds are self inflicted.


Serious reenactors are intimidating… and their strict adherence to unquestionable authenticity allows little room for the curious or casual hobbyist.  The ranks are growing grayer, and heftier- and the importance of living history is being brushed aside for selfish “hardcore campaigning.”    Potential recruits are openly discouraged by so-called “hardcores” – self appointed protectors of the lifestyle….. soon to be lost in all the stitch counting.


Greater effort is needed to reach out to the next generation of Civil War living historians… There must be an alternative to self-defeating behaviors like stitch counting and labeling- as if our hobby was meant to be exclusive. 





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Friends Only in Peace…

Simon Bolivar Buckner though he knew US Grant… They roomed together at West Point, formed a strong friendship, and Buckner was the Best Man at Grant’s wedding in 1848.  In February 1862, they stood on opposite sides of the walls of Fort Donelson on the Cumberland River.  Grant’s army outnumbered Buckner’s garrison- and the noose was growing tighter.  At the Confederate council of war on the evening of February 15th, Buckner convinced his fellow officers that his old friend Grant would offer generous surrender terms… not quite…. the legend was born.

No terms

No terms

General S. B. BUCKNER,
Confederate Army.

        SIR: Yours of this date, proposing armistice and appointment of commissioners to settle terms of capitulation, is just received. No terms except unconditional and immediate surrender can be accepted. I propose to move immediately upon your works.

I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Brigadier-General, Commanding.

Dover, Tenn.
February 16, 1862.

Brig. Gen. U.S. GRANT,
U.S. A.

        SIR: The distribution of the forces under my command incident to an unexpected change of commanders and the overwhelming force under your command compel me, notwithstanding the brilliant success of the Confederate arms yesterday, to accept the ungenerous and unchivalrous terms which you propose.

I am, sir, your very obedient servant,
Brigadier. General, C. S. Army.

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Some Thoughts on Lee-Jackson Day

The weather could not have been more beautiful in Lexington, Virginia, on Saturday morning as hundreds of Confederate devotees gathered for the annual Lee-Jackson Day commemoration. The day itself—still observed as a legal holiday in parts of Virginia—falls on January 20, the day between Robert E. Lee’s and Stonewall Jackson’s birthdays (January 19 and 21, […]


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