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The Hispanic Experience

Hey there, folks, and welcome back to the Connections blog! As you kind readers have no doubt surmised by following this blog, the Civil War was fought by social and ethnic groups of all kinds. One of the largest ethnic groups that are often overlooked in the conflict is the Hispanic population. Heavily concentrated in […]

Native Americans and the Civil War

Hello again, folks, and welcome back to the Connections blog! In keeping with my recent theme of exploring how the Civil War affected groups of people that often don’t get much of a voice in the historical narrative, today I will be exploring the topic of Native Americans in the Civil War. Indeed, Native Americans […]

The First Step: How Women Were Affected by the Civil War

Howdy folks, and welcome back to the Connections blog! Today, I’m going to look at how women remember the Civil War. For those of you interested in the subject, the noted female historian (and President of Harvard) Drew Gilpin Faust wrote an excellent book on the subject titled “Mothers of Invention.” This book covered the […]

The Cause of the Civil War in Academia

Hello readers, and welcome back to the Connections blog! Today I’m going to talk about how the American academic world interprets the causes of the Civil War in the 21st century. This topic will be the first in a series of posts covering how different groups of people remember the conflict, and I could think […]

How Emancipation Changed the War

Hey there, folks, and welcome back to the Connections blog! Today, I want to discuss the Emancipation Proclamation and how it forever altered our memory of what the Civil War was fought over. Before the Emancipation Proclamation was made public on September 22nd, the purpose of the Union’s side was to quash the rebellion and […]

Reenactors Memory (continued)

Hello again folks, and welcome back to the Connections blog! To rehash the closing sentiment of my previous blog post, Civil War reenactments provide a unique opportunity to step inside the shoes of our ancestors. Many reenactors take the events close to heart, and for them it’s about honoring our forefathers and the history they […]

Reenactors’ Memory

Howdy folks, and welcome back to the Connections blog! I have a special treat in store for you… a two part posting on Civil War reenacting and how it deals with Civil War memory! This past Monday, the nation remembered the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam (or Battle of Sharpsburg in the south.) […]

McClellan and His Men

Hey there, folks, and welcome back to the Connections blog! During these past two weeks 150 years ago, Confederate General Lee and his army had slipped into Union General Pope’s rear and forced him into a fight at the Battle of 2nd Manassas, on almost the exact same battlefield as the Battle of 1st Manassas. […]

A New Topic: Civil War Memory

Howdy folks, and welcome back to the Connections blog. I am sad to say that I will be discontinuing the brief “today’s tidbit about me” section at the beginning of the post. This is because I’ll be focusing my posts on a more serious, specific scope of topics this fall – specifically, the issue of […]

So Fill to Me the Parting Glass

Hey there folks, and welcome back to the good ol’ blog! Today’s tidbit about me is: sadly, today is the last day of my internship with The Mariners’ Museum. I have worked not only on your favorite Connections blog, but also on several artifacts and the Library’s Port of Call blog. Although I shall return […]