Civil War Attire

How the Word “Shoddy” Became an Anti-Semitic Slur

Shoddy came to have anti-Semitic overtones during the American Civil War.

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?