MSNBC on Confederate History Month

With our reading of Governor McDonnell’s Confederate History Month proclamation, I figured I would Google search “Confederate History Month” and see what I stumbled upon.  Aside from posts on many blog sites about Confederate History month being “an asshole’s idea,” I did find a small report done by MSNBC on the commemoration.  The report is pretty short, but the comments are crazy! Take a look.

Spotsylvania Civil War Blog

This blog I came across is cool because it’s local. Unlike a lot of the other blogs we have reviewed, this blog is centered around a place that is not far from us, making it easier for one of us to visit one of the sites in a particular blog post to validate his/her argument, or to just even feed into curiosity.

Mapping the Past

As per our discussion last class regarding the importance of geography when studying the past, I ran across this article last week about someone who is literally mapping the past.  Anne Kelly Knowles is making a GIS map of Gettysburg in order to see how the battlefield would have looked to those standing on the ground during the battle.  Her hopes in doing this research is to exonerate Longstreet by explaining how the terrain would have influenced his decisions, as well as to understand Lee’s perspective in the battle.

Cosmic America Facebook Page

One of the blogs I looked up, Cosmic America, is now inactive, but when reading it I discovered that it still has an active Facebook page.  Keith Harris seems to update it pretty regularly and I found out from it that he is starting a new blog soon!  I think it ties in to our discussion on how prominent Civil War history can be on the internet.

Cracked History

This one is from the website

6 Civil War Myths Everyone Believes (That Are Total B.S.)

The list outlines popular myths, like how the North was full of abolitionists or the Confederate Flag looks like the one we always see on trucks and t-shirts. But one of the best parts of the page are the comments. One commenter, Bored12222, wrote, “Why some of this is bull****: The South did in fact have a very good chance of winning, despite what the author would like to think.” Then he goes into a long diatribe about how wrong the article is.


A House Divided

The WaPo has a Civil War blog, too! Its description says: “‘A House Divided’ is a blog dedicated to news and issues of importance to Civil War enthusiasts across the country and around the world. Blogger Linda Wheeler and a panel of respected Civil War experts will debate and dissect historical issues and explore new concepts. Wheeler will also report on conferences and seminars, find little-known battlefields and sites to explore, keep track of local, national and international stories of interest to readers and provide advice on upcoming events.”  This can add to our list of other blog posts,  and demonstrates this funny notion of “blogging the war.”

Guerilla Warfare

I chose this website because I wanted to continue on the theme of Western United States conflicts during the Civil War.  Like I stated in a early blog post, it seems that many people forget about this bloody aspect of the Civil War.  The conflict between the Bushwhackers and Jayhawkers created a personal, deep-seeded hatred for one another.  This blog discusses the use of guerilla warfare tactics during the Civil War.  I enjoyed the article and hope you all do to.

courtesy of This image is a depiction of Quantrill’s infamous Raid of Lawrence, KS

A Kevin Levin Interview

The Civil War Monitor conducted an interview with Kevin Levin about his book, Remembering the Battle of the Crater: War as Murder. He talks about Civil War memory through the Battle of the Crater and focuses on issues of race, but how it is different from David Blight’s, Race and Reunion. It helps show the different approaches scholars have taken while looking at the memory of the war.


“The Civil War Monitor”

This online Civil War magazine covers new topics and issues. The site has three blogs, photo essays, and digital editions of some issues. One interesting aspect is the name itself. The USS Monitor was an ironclad in the infamous Battle of Hampton Roads on the northern side. Quick glances at the site make it appear to be from a northern perspective.