Monthly Archives: April 2012

Black Confederates, the Internet, and Historical Interpretation

UPDATE: In his post, Kevin also cites Gary Gallagher, from an editorial in “Civil War Times” where Gallagher comments on the black Confederate “controversy,”: FURTHER UPDATE: Historian Donald Shaffer, today on his blog “Civil War Emancipation,” in a post entitled “Amen, Brooks … Continue reading

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Levon Helm dead at 71 of Cancer

Very sad news: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=HMXCM5TCrv8 Chicago Tribune  Story What a great musician! Thanks to Andy Hall at his blog “Dead Confederates“

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Confederate Conscription

I am indebted to Kevin Levin for pointing out that today is the 150th anniversary of the use of conscription by the Confederacy. This is the first use of a military draft in America, and I find this deeply ironic … Continue reading

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Recruiting and Arming Blacks as Soldiers

http://cwemancipation.wordpress.com/2012/04/10/working-out-the-past-and-portents-of-the-future/ Donald Shaffer, in a post entitled “Working Out the Past and Portents of the Future,” wrote today on General David Hunter’s efforts to, in the spring of 1862, convince the lincoln administration to allow him to recruit and arm blacks in … Continue reading

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Erastus Hopkins House in 1904 – King Street, Northampton

During Hopkins’ lifetime, his house was known as the “White House.” However, it now has a red-brick siding, and the wrap-around porch is gone, so it looks very different. [photograph courtesy of Forbes Library Special Collections] Here is a packet … Continue reading

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Northampton Abolition Walking Tour – Erastus Hopkins

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Northampton Abolition: Erastus Hopkins Walking Tour and Bruce Laurie Talk

For everyone in or near Western Massachusetts, a reminder that tomorrow, Saturday April 7 is the Steve Strimer Abolition Walking Tour and Bruce Laurie talk focused on Abolitionism in Northampton. Please make it if you can. Steve’s tours are always great … Continue reading

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