We'd like to take a three-to-four day road trip originating and terminating in Atlanta, focusing on Civil War history this weekend. Looking for suggestions on sites and itinerary ideas. [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat
on Nov 13, 2013 -
A long-planned long weekend visit to DC to check out Harper's Ferry and Antietam in a few days has been infuriatingly stymied by the shutdown. The plan had been to go see a lot of stuff related to John Brown's Raid, Civil War battlefields, and African American art housed at the National Gallery. The trip was in part to do research for a creative writing project about Mr Brown, and part for some general shenanigans. Now what? [more inside]
posted by sestaaak
on Oct 7, 2013 -
I was watching the excellent Ken Burns documentary about the Civil War last night, and found myself wondering how this particular conflict is taught in schools outside the US. If you were raised outside the United States and remember learning about the US Civil War in school, what do you remember? I would love to hear about your experience.
posted by juniperesque
on Oct 7, 2013 -
I am looking for definitive nonfiction accounts of the siege of Sarajevo. Preferably a history or a work of journalism, not a memoir or polemic--although a well-reported one might be OK. [more inside]
posted by elizeh
on Sep 24, 2013 -
The lyrics sheet for "Use Your Illusion II" attributes a quotation in the antiwar song "Civil War" to an unnamed Peruvian guerilla general. Who said this? [more inside]
posted by steinsaltz
on Sep 6, 2013 -
I've been reading Bruce Catton's history of the Army of the Potomac, which is excellent. It occurs to me I've only ever read Civil War history from the Union side. So, it's all about those terrible Union generals and all the mistakes they made, and Lincoln's frustration, and how eventually superior manpower and manufacturing, and the Emancipation Proclamation, crushed the feisty Rebs.
Now I'd like to read about what the Rebs were thinking during the Late, Great Unpleasantness. Who's the Bruce Catton of the South?
posted by musofire
on Aug 14, 2013 -
I’m trying to find out if there were any Northerners during the U.S. Civl War who ran guns to the Confederacy. I’ve done research and have found nothing about this. Any Civil War buffs out there ever hear any rumblings about this? If so, can you point me to resources?
posted by MarioM
on Jan 20, 2013 -
Is Vicksburg National Cemetery the largest Civil War cemetery?
posted by rzperllian
on Aug 23, 2012 -
I'm doing some research on the nineteenth century in the U.S. and I've realized I need to understand the Civil War better. Can you help me? [more inside]
posted by colfax
on Jun 26, 2012 -
Two moms, three home-educated early-teen boys, planning a learning adventure for two weeks at the end of August. Driving north from South Florida, which civil war sites/events should we not miss? Also looking for great not-too-primitive tent camping. So far all we know for sure is that we want to check out Gettysburg. We want to make it educational, but awesome and fun for our not-too-fascinated kids. Your suggestions welcome!
posted by theplotchickens
on Jul 13, 2011 -
What are some good recent fictional and non-fictional accounts of African-American slavery in pre-Civil War America? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue
on Apr 25, 2011 -
Where can I find lots of historical media? I'm looking for any kind of photos or film, newsreels, anything. [more inside]
posted by Hargrimm
on Jan 6, 2009 -
In the TV movie The Hunley
the doomed Confederate submariners sing a song together. I remember it sounding like an Irish folk-type tune but my Googling has failed to indentify it. Can you find the title and lyrics of this song? [more inside]
posted by kurtroehl
on Jan 15, 2008 -
Seventeenth-century history-Filter: where can I find a copy of the first and second volumes of S.R. Gardiner's History of the Commonwealth and Protectorate
online? [more inside]
posted by greycap
on Dec 9, 2006 -
I want to get my dad a Civil War era sword for Christmas, either an original or a reproduction. However, I would prefer to buy locally (Bay Area / San Francisco, CA). [more inside]
posted by mto
on Nov 23, 2006 -
Why didn't slave owners in pre-emancipation America make slaves of the Native Americans, opting instead to import slaves from abroad? [more inside]
posted by CodeBaloo
on Aug 4, 2006 -
CivilWarTriviaFilter. This was a question on a 'Millionaire' I recently watched, and it's been driving me nuts. There are *two* signatures on the Emancipation Proclamation: Lincoln's, of course, but also that of his Secretary of State, William Seward.
What I want to know is why. The Proclamation was a document dealing with domestic affairs. Why would the Secretary of State sign it, rather than, say, my guess, which was Stanton, the Secretary of War (since it only applied to where the Union Army occupied states in rebellion.) Google only confirms Seward's signature, not the reason.
posted by mojohand
on May 26, 2004 -