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President's Day Weekend Review: Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief

I haven’t been able to post weekend book reviews of Nonfictions in a while so here is one!  Why is this posted?  Because Pastors need a break from heavy theological readings too. 546 more words

Book Review

Shelby Foote as the Angel of Death

I’ve been doing some research lately on Shelby Foote and his work on The Civil War: A Narrative. In his correspondence with his friend and fellow writer Walker Percy, Foote provided ongoing updates about his progress on the work, which stretched on for twenty years. 447 more words

Books & Authors

The Party of Abraham Lincoln

I don’t understand the modern Republican Party. Why conjure the ghost of Ronald Reagan rather than the living presence of Abraham Lincoln? Unless you have moved so far away from the spirit of Lincoln that his biblical language is no longer an inspiration, but rather an embarrassment. 783 more words

Oscar Giner

The Future of Civil War History: Brian Matthew Jordan

by Brian Matthew Jordan

In an oft-cited 1998 essay, Edward L. Ayers appealed eloquently to his fellow Civil War historians. It was time, he maintained, to “worry” about the Civil War—to revive the paradoxes, uncertainties, and skepticism that celebratory chronicles of the conflict had long obscured. 1,270 more words


The Context of History, Memory & War

With my Students at Little Round Top

Friends of Padre Steve’s World,

As always I have been doing a lot of reading and of course that has led me to do some more revisions to my Civil War and Gettysburg text. 1,700 more words