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Richmond, Rich with History

It has been a long hiatus since my last post so I would like to first acknowledge  my fellow bloggers for carrying the blog to new heights.  While the majority of my post grad life so far has kept me removed from anything of historical significance this past month I have been right at the […]

Music Monday: Civil War Rap

I have a confession to make to the blogosphere  ever since I started writing Music Mondays I’ve wanted to do a post about my favorite music genre, rap. Unfortunately there aren’t any “real” rap songs  about the Civil War, or not any I could find. Fortunately in this world if you are looking for anything […]

John C. Calhoun, Civil War Connections, and Charleston Pt. 2

Just as promised here is the second part of the Charleston blog post (click here if you missed the first part).  Charleston and South Carolina in general are proud of their history, about everywhere you turn there is a school, a road, a lake, you name it, and it has probably been named for a […]

Jefferson Davis the Devil: Political Cartoons & Propganda

Political cartoons during the Civil War era were more villainous than today and often depicted Confederate leaders as devils, snake, rats, etc.  Jefferson Davis was the main target of the Union hatred that showed up in the political comics of the northern publications. Below is a picture of Jefferson Davis as the devil and he is […]

Music Monday: Steve Earle and the Del McCoury Band

The song “Dixieland” by Steve Earle and the Del McCoury Band tells the story of a man who immigrated from Europe to America and then fought for the Union in the Civil War.  This folk sounding tune is accompanied with banjo in the background which goes perfect with a song about “goin’ down to Dixieland.”  […]

Charleston, The Citadel, & The Civil War’s First Shots (Part 1)

Charleston, South Carolina is a city rich with beautiful architecture, mouth watering Southern cooking, and gorgeous weather almost year round.  But all of that is trumped by the illustrious history of this southern gem. Certainly Charleston is most known for its Civil War history, but many houses and buildings date back to the Revolutionary era.  […]

Music Monday: Marah

There is no doubt about the historical nature of this Music Monday song. “John Brown’s Body” by Marah was included of the three disc compilation Song of America. Marah is a modern rock band that hails from Philly but relocated to New York City. The song “John Brown’s Body” is shockingly about John Brown the […]

Music Monday: The Band

This Music Monday comes from a famous rock band.  The song’s name is “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” and the band’s name is The Band.  The Band is a rock group that was most popular during the late 1960s and early 1970s, and they are originally from Canada so it might be surprising […]

An Answer to “Stupidity” & “Captain Ericsson, I congratulate you…” (Scientific American, 3/29/1862)

Last week I posted about a Scientific American article that called out the US Navy and government for their “stupidity” in regards to not building enough ironclad warships.  Ironically, exactly one week later, in what would have been the very next issue of Scientific American there was an article published on a new ironclad ship […]

Music Monday: The Decemberists

This Music Monday’s song comes from a 2006 album called The Crane Wife by the Portland band The Decemberists. The album was picked by National Public Radio as the album of the year in 2006.  The Decemeberists could be considered a folk and/or indie rock band, and in the Civil War themed track “Yankee Bayonet” […]