Origins of the Confederate Lost Cause

The mythos of the The Lost Cause of the Confederacy.

That Flag Again: The Meanings of the Confederate Flag and Iconography

Different interpretations of confederate flag and confederate battle iconography.

On Military Desertion and Executions

Military desertion is not as rare as one would think.

W. E. B. Du Bois Sets The Stage

An revealing window into the life of thinker W. E. B. Du Bois.

(Un)Catalogued: Meat and Potatoes: The Reminiscences of Alonzo Davis

In April 1863, the men of the 4th California infantry were hungry. They were posted at Drum Barracks ...

(Un)Catalogued: Making Claims

How claims records and other documents serve as historical sources.

A Complicated Man: John Baylor’s Letters to His Family

How could John Baylor have done such terrible thing and simultaneously be so effusively affectionate in his letters home?

(Un)Catalogued: Adventures in Historical Research

Megan Kate Nelson, a historian of Civil War and the American Southwest, is behind the (Un)Catalogued Column for JSTOR Daily.
Empty Headstones

Green Burial and the North-South Divide

In the next 25 years, the Baby Boom generation will generate a death boom, with estimated funeral costs ...