Saturday, April 24, 2010

Grant's on the Money

Representative Patrick McHenry (R-NC) has introduced a bill to put Ronald Reagan on the $50 bill replacing the incumbent U. S. Grant. Mr. McHenry even has 17 co-sponsors for his misguided proposal.

Grant's impact on American history far exceeds any contributions of former President Reagan. While Grant bashing is a popular sport in the South, he is considered the major contributor to preserving the Union.

If McHenry wants to honor Reagan, let's issue another denomination or series of bills honoring 20th century Presidents. Say a $25 for Franklin Roosevelt, $35 for Harry Truman, and $45 for Reagan. I'll let you suggest other candidates.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

3D Civil War Photos

In the latest issue of CWPT's Hallowed Ground, there is an article about 3D Civil War Photography. The site contains a series of images that must be viewed using the red and blue 3D glasses. You can order one for free or purchase up to 30 for $20. See the example I downloaded from the CWPT site.

The lesson plan can be found at Civil War Photography: Photography as a Primary Source. You can view the images and learn more about Civil War photography at The Center for Civil War Photography website. The Center also has a very nice video on wet plate photography.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Bennet Place Surrender Site

After Major General Sherman's infamous March to the Sea, his army turned north to begin the Carolina's campaign. News of Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865 had reached General Joseph E. Johnston. Johnston realized that his army could not continue the fight and contacted Sherman to discuss a truce. The two men agreed to meet and selected the farm of James and Nancy Bennett as convenient and private location to hold their talks.

They met on April 17, 1865 and Sherman informed Johnston about the assassination of President Lincoln. They met again on April 18th and signed terms of surrender. Unfortunately, government officials in Washington were enrages with Sherman because they felt he had exceeded his authority and granted terms for favorable than Grant had given Lee. The generals met again on April 26th and signed the final surrender papers for 89,270 Confederate soldiers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.

The 145th anniversary reenactment was held on April 17th at Bennett Place Historical Site in Durham, NC. Steve Brantley captured the event with 160 pictures which can be found at Bennett Place 145th Anniversary Surrender Reenactment .

Friday, April 16, 2010

Battle of Bentonville - 145th Anniversary Photos

I just received an email from Steve Brantley about the 200+ photographs he took at the 145th anniversary of the Battle of Bentonville reenactment. I have just scanned some of the images and Steve shows just how good reenactment photography can be. Steve's pictures can be seen at Steve Brantley Photography. For information about the battle, please see Bentonville, NC.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Governor Fails History Class

Governor Bob McDonnell conceded "a major omission" for not noting slavery in declaring April "Confederate History Month in Virginia." As criticism ranged following his historical brain freeze, the Governor inserted a paragraph condemning slavery as "evil and inhumane" and blaming it as the cause of the Civil War.
In issuing his apology he said he wasn't focused on slavery in drafting the decree but on Civil war history.
We give Governor McDonnell an F in history! Slavery was an integral part of Civil War history as anyone with a passing knowledge of the conflict knows. Let us also consider the role that African Americans played during the war as soldiers (mainly in the north) and as laborers (in both the north and south). Perhaps the Governor recalls the Emancipation Proclamation "freeing" slaves in the Confederacy and the role that document played in ending political recognition by Britain and France.
We might also remind him of the Virginia Ordinance of Secession which states:
"... the Federal Government having perverted said powers not only to the injury of the people of Virginia, but to the oppression of Southern slave holding states ."
We suggest that the Governor be required to take an American history or Virginia history public school class to better understand the role of the Civil War in shaping Virginia.