In our two previous segments (here and here) we've gone over bias and logical fallacies as they relate to the study of Civil War history. Our final segment will take what we've learned and add a few additional morsels. Being a better historian or history communicator means different things to
There are few incidents in the war more controversial than what became to be known as the Fort Pillow Massacre, April 14, 1864. Numerous volumes have been produced, each analyzing (and in some cases ignoring) accounts given following the battle. Many draw upon testimony given years or even decades after
Earlier this year, at the behest of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, the State of Mississippi declared April to be Confederate Heritage Month. “It is important for all Americans to reflect upon our nation’s past,” read the proclamation, “to gain insight from our mistakes and successes, and to come to
Emancipation Day is one of our nation’s oldest and longest-celebrated holidays, predating Memorial Day, Mothers Day, even Thanksgiving. Despite this, there is not even a single unofficial date when we commemorate the manumission of our nation’s slaves. A look to the pre-Civil War history of the observation may give us some clues as to why that is.