150 years-Fredericksburg

Since we have been looking at the 150 year anniversary of the Civil War this week, I thought it would be a good idea to take a look at how Fredericksburg celebrated it. I went to Fredericksburg.com and took a look around. This link sends you to the website. Here you can find a bunch of memorial videos, a picture gallery of some of the events and a bunch of reenactors. It’s a pretty cool resource and makes me regret not going a few years back.


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Uncivil Warriors review

Remembering Uncivil Warriors

                In the film Uncivil Warriors, Larry, Curley, and Moe are Union soldiers based somewhere in the South. Their Union General assigns the three of them to go undercover as Confederate spies and bring back information about the number of soldiers and artillery the Confederates currently had. Along the way, hilarity ensues while the Three Stooges try to keep their cover. While Uncivil Warriors is a slapstick comedy, the film does have deeper meaning behind the jokes and makes light of how the Civil War should be remembered.

While the Three Stooges infiltrated and befriended a Confederate Colonel Butts, various issues of the Civil War came to light. Moe discovered in a conversation with Confederate Colonel Butts that the Confederate Army was severely undermanned and had a big lack of artillery. This is a common theme of Lost Cause ideology, where the Confederates were completely out numbered. However, upon Moe’s discovery, both Moe and Colonel Butts laughed off the Confederate deficiencies like it was no big deal. Colonel Butts and Moe made it seem like it was a forgone conclusion that the South would lose the war.

The issue of how race was to be remembered came up multiple times during the film. During a scene when Larry dressed up as Moe’s visiting father, Moe says hello to his “Uncle Tom.” Another Confederate questioned Moe about his Uncle Tom assuming that it was supposed to be his father when Curly interrupted saying “Uncle Tom is short for Papi.” This is a slight racist remark stating that another word for father is Uncle Tom. Uncle Tom refers to a black man that behaves in a servant-like manner to a white man. The word Papi usually is identified at the same level as a mammy, so to call a father an Uncle Tom for short speaks loudly about negative feelings of race in this film.

                Uncivil Warriors helps the audience understand a lighter side of the Civil War. The use of comedy is a powerful tool when trying to remember the Civil War. The film debuted in 1935, decades after the Civil War concluded.  Still the American population was trying to make sense of the war and which aspects should be remembered. Perhaps Curly rationalizes the memory of the Civil War best during the film when he says “I’m getting tired of this army, in fact, I’m getting tired of both armies.” That line could sum up a large sentiment of how the American society currently felt.


Uncivil Warriors. Film. Directed by Del Lord. Los Angeles: Columbia Pictures, 1935.

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Interesting facts

I was on Stumbleupon the other day and this random Civil War page popped up. It was promoting a new Civil War book and doing so, the website posted 10 surprising Civil War facts. Usually I’m not one to believe everything I see on the internet, but some of these facts are pretty cool.


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Remembering Wilderness documentary


Hopefully I’m doing this correctly and good luck to everybody!!


Abnett, Dan, and Dheeraj Verma. The Battle of the Wilderness: deadly inferno. New York: Rosen Pub. Group, 2007.

Alexander, Edward Porter, and Gary W. Gallagher. Fighting for the Confederacy: the personal recollections of General Edward Porter Alexander. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1989.

American National Flag, 34 Stars, Opening Years of the Civil War. “From Civil War Flags” JPG, http://www.rareflags.com/images/RareFlags_IAS_00157.jpg (Accessed March 13, 2013)

Blight, David. Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory. Boston: Harvard University Press, 2001.

Bloody War: A Painting Of The Battle Of Chickamauga.”From 6 Civil War Myths, Busted” JPG, http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/stories/6-civil-war-myths-busted  (Accessed March 13, 2013)

“Friends of Wilderness Battlefield | To preserve, protect and interpret the Wilderness Battlefield in partnership with the National Park Service.” Friends of Wilderness Battlefield | To preserve, protect and interpret the Wilderness Battlefield in partnership with the National Park Service. http://www.fowb.org/ (accessed March 11, 2013).

Hanby, Edward. Civil War Salient Cannon. ”From Battle OF Wilderness And Battle Of Spotsylvania” JPG, http://www.waywardwandering.com/20090209/battle-of-wilderness-and-battle-of-spotsylvania/ (Accessed March 13, 2013)

McCartney, Robert. “Wal-Mart’s Rueful Victory at the Battle Of the Wilderness.”Washington Post. The Washington Post, 10 Sept. 2009. 16 Mar. 2013.

McPherson, James M.. Battle cry of freedom: the Civil War era. New York: Oxford University Press, 1988.

Nelson, Cary. Corpses On A Battlefield. “From Modern American Poetry: The American Civil War” JPG, http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/civilwar/harvest.jpg (Accessed March 18, 2013)

Parnicza, Beth. Interview by George Hareras. Personal Interview. Fredericksburg, March 12, 2013.

Pfanz, Donald. Interview by George Hareras. Personal Interview. Fredericksburg, March 14, 2013.

Purcell, Christopher. American Civil War No23. “From Fine Art American” JPG, http://fineartamerica.com/featured/american-civil-war-no-23-christopher-purcell.html (Accessed March 18, 2013)

Purcell, Christopher. American Civil War No 27. “From Fine Art America” JPG, http://fineartamerica.com/featured/american-civil-war-no-27-christopher-purcell.html (Accessed March 18, 2013)

Purcell, Christopher. American Civil War No36. “From Fine Art America” JPG, http://fineartamerica.com/featured/american-civil-war-no-36-christopher-purcell.html (Accessed March 18, 2013)

Purcell, Christopher.  American Civil War No 37. “From Fine Art America” JPG, http://fineartamerica.com/featured/american-civil-war-no-37-christopher-purcell.html (Accessed March 18, 2013)

Purcell, Christopher. American Civil War No 42. “From Fine Art America” JPG, http://fineartamerica.com/featured/american-civil-war-no-42-christopher-purcell.html (Accessed March 18, 2013)

Purcell, Christopher. American Civil War No 44. “From Fine Art America” JPG, http://fineartamerica.com/featured/american-civil-war-no-44-christopher-purcell.html (Accessed March 18, 2013)

Purcell, Christopher. American Civil War No 45. “From Fine Art America” JPG, http://fineartamerica.com/featured/american-civil-war-no-45-christopher-purcell.html (Accessed March 18, 2013)

Purcell, Christopher. American Civil War No 49. “From Fine Art America” JPG, http://fineartamerica.com/featured/american-civil-war-no-49-christopher-purcell.html (Accessed March 18, 2013)

Rhea, Gordon C.. The Battle of the Wilderness, May 5-6, 1864. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1994.

Sarrat, David. The Confederate Flag. “From The Confederate Flag:Controversy And Culture” JPG, http://xroads.virginia.edu/~class/am483_97/projects/sarratt/realflag.jpg  (Accessed March 13, 2013)

State…. “U.S. National Park Service – Experience Your America.” U.S. National Park Service – Experience Your America. http://www.nps.gov (accessed March 18, 2013). Top of Form

“The Wilderness.” Civil War Kids. http://www.civilwarkids.com/id44.html (accessed March 11, 2013).

Turley, Jonathan. Civil War Soldiers. “From Jonathan Turley Files” JPG, http://jonathanturley.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/279_civil-war-soldiers2eee.jpg (Accessed March 13,2013)

Walmart Watch. Battle Of Walmart. “From The Second Battle Of The Wilderness Will Be Litigated In Judge Daniel Buton’s Court…) JPG, http://hopeful-ink.blogspot.com/2011/01/second-battle-of-wilderness-will-be.html (Accessed March 13, 2013)

Waud, A.R. Major-General Wadsworth Fighting In The Wilderness. “From Son Of The south” JPG, http://www.sonofthesouth.net/leefoundation/civil-war/1864/june/battle-wilderness.htm  (Accessed March 13, 2013)

Wicked Spring, Directed by Kevin R. Hershberger. 2002. Petersburg, VA: LionHeart FilmWorks, 2002. DVD.

Wycoff, Mac. Wilderness Battlefield Exhibit Shelter. “From Wilderness Battlefield” JPG, http://www.nps.gov/frsp/photosmultimedia/Wilderness-Battlefield.htm  (Accessed March 13, 2013)


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Civil War diaries

Throughout the semester we have been able to read portions of the soldiers diaries during the Civil War. I always found the personal diaries very interesting and its something that I wanted to look a little more into. Here are a few links that offer some Civil War diaries if you’re interested.





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Portraying Lincoln

After watching the videos portraying Lincoln in film and on tv, I decided I wanted to post a few more videos portraying a humorous side to Lincoln. These are mainly Family Guy and Simpsons clips, but they are all pretty funny. I think it is important to be able to understand the seriousness of a situation, but still be able to see the bright side of it all!

This clip is from Funny or Die and it stars Will Ferrell and Don Cheadle

This first clip is Lincoln on Family Guy

This second one is short but see if you can pick out a few other historical figures

This third clip is the same clip from Futurama

This clip is from SNL

This is another Family Guy clip

This is a Mt.Dew commercial

Abe Lincoln on The Simpsons…. en espanol

There are tons of others, but I thought I would share a few.


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Wal-Mart and the Wilderness


This is an article that tells the story about how Wal-Mart was trying to build a store on the edge of Wilderness Battlefield. This lead to preservationists, historians, and actually local politicians trying to defend the integrity and memory of the battlefield. This article is from 2009 and as far as I know there isn’t a Wal-Mart there, so it seems that the preservationists won this battle.

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annotated bibliography

Abnett, Dan, and Dheeraj Verma. Deadly Inferno: Battle of the Wilderness. Oxford: Osprey, 2007. Print.
This secondary source is a great way to show how the memory of the Battle of Wilderness is being portrayed in a different light. This comic strip narrative brings to life a completely different aspect of the battle through terrific illustrations.
Alexander, Edward Porter, and Gary W. Gallagher. Fighting for the Confederacy: The Personal Recollections of General Edward Porter Alexander. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina, 1989. Print.
The memoirs of General Edward Porter Alexander will provide great insight into one of the highest minds of the Battle of Wilderness. I will pull various quotes to help set the stage of just how personal the battle was and should be remembered.
Cordrey, Francis. “What a Private Saw and Felt in that Horrible Place.” Wilderness. Frontierfamilies.net. 1/30-2013. Web.
This is a detailed account of the Battle of the Wilderness through the eyes of a Private. It details the horrors of the battle in great detail. This will be a great source to help recreate the setting of the battle.
“Friends of Wilderness Battlefield | To Preserve, Protect and Interpret the Wilderness Battlefield in Partnership with the National Park Service.” Friends of Wilderness Battlefield. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Feb. 2013.
This is the website for the preservation group for the Wilderness Battlefield. This source will be very beneficial to the documentary because they offer various tours and sponsor events on how the Battle of Wilderness is remembered.
“Interview with the Orator.” Personal interview. TBD.
This interview with the orator of the Wilderness Battlefield museum will be very important to the success of the documentary. The orator will answer questions about the battle itself, how the battlefield is being preserved today, and what he thinks about how the Battle of Wilderness is being remembered today.
“Interview with the School System.” Personal interview. TBD.
This will be a series of interviews. I will be interviewing 4th, 8th, and 11th graders as well as their teachers. I will be asking how they are being taught the Battle of Wilderness and ask about the lasting impact. I will also be reviewing their textbooks to see how it is portrayed and how much emphasis the curriculum has on the battle.
Mathless, Paul, editor. Voices of the Civil War: The Wilderness, Time-Life series. Alexandria, Va., 1998.
This is a great source that displays historical events as recounted by the soldiers themselves along with a great amount of photographs and maps. The detailed accounts of the battle as well as the photographs will be a great source for the documentary.
McCartney, Robert. “Wal-Mart’s Rueful Victory at the Battle Of the Wilderness.”Washington Post. The Washington Post, 10 Sept. 2009. Web. 17 Feb. 2013.
This is an interesting article from just a few years ago. Wal-Mart wanted to build a new store on the edge of the Wilderness Battlefield and a bunch of preservationists and local politicians came to the battlefields defense. This article shows the the memory of the Battle of Wilderness is still prevalent today.
McPherson, James M. Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era. Oxford History of the United States. New York: Oxford University Press, 1988.
This book is a comprehensive look at the issues that caused the Civil War and various battles that shaped the outcome. Before making a documentary solely on one of the battles of the war, a solid understanding of the war is needed and this book offers just that.
Peter Case. “Wilderness.” Rec. 2006. Torn Again. Vangaurd Records, 2006. CD.
This is a song written and performed by Peter Case that talks about the Battle of Wilderness. I think it’s a perfect way of how the memory of the Battle of Wilderness is portrayed through pop culture.
Rhea, Gordon C. The Battles of Wilderness & Spotsylvania. National Park Service Civil War series. Fort Washington, PA: U.S. National Park Service and Eastern National, 1995.
This is a day to day account of the Battle of Wilderness. It offers both perspectives of the Confederates and Union armies.
The Blue and the Gray, Part 3, Columbia Pictures Television DVD set, 2001, Disk 3.
This is a great visual that portrays the Battle of Wilderness. Clips from the series can be taken to show how the memory of the battle has waged on.
Turtledove, Harry. The Guns of the South: A Novel of the Civil War. New York: Ballantine, 1992. Print.
This is a very interesting source. It displays a new twist in the memory of the Battle of the Wilderness. It is an alternative historical look at what may of happened if the Confederacy completely wiped out the Union at the Wilderness Battlefield and won the war. It is important to acknowledge these off –the-wall fictional stories to demonstrate the different ways the battle has been remembered.
“Virtual Tour of Wilderness Battlefield.” Nps.gov. National Park Service, 12 Dec. 2012. Web. 15 Feb. 2013. <http://www.nps.gov/frsp/photosmultimedia/wildvritual.htm>.
This website gives a great look at the Wilderness Battlefield and how it has been preserved over the years. It has very clear pictures that can be used for the documentary.
Weller, Lance. Wilderness: A Novel. New York: Bloomsbury, 2012. Print.
This is a fictional book that follows a veteran of the Battle of Wilderness many years after the war. The veteran continues to have flashbacks and vivid memories of the battle during his life. An intriguing book like this shows how the memory of the Battle of the Wilderness can have a lasting impact.
Wicked Spring. Dir. Kevin R. Hershberger. Perf. Brian Merrick and DJ Perry. LionHeart FilmWorks, 2002. DVD.

This is another great source to show how the Battle of the Wilderness has been portrayed in pop culture. Various quotes and scenes can be pulled from this film.

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