The Keeping Room… Historical Revisionism?

Written on:November 14, 2013
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PANews+BT_N0153121367317177378A_I1There’s a new Civil War movie in post-production (meaning its already filmed) that reminds me of Cold Mountain based on its storyline, it’s called, The Keeping Room. It’s by first time writer Julia Hart. The movie stars Sam Worthington who I really liked in Avatar!

Here’s the synopsis from the Internet Movie Database:

Three Southern women – two sisters and one African American slave – left without men in the dying days of the Civil War, are forced to defend their home from the onslaught of a band of soldiers who have broken off from the fast approaching Union Army.

A friend of mine who claims to have seen the script describes it as these women defending their homes from renegade Union soldiers. What concerns me is the story’s potential to perpetrate the Lost Cause myth and the stereotypical Union soldier as understood by the Sherman’s March to the Sea interpretation that continues to this day. So will it be another case of the Bummers or not!? I hope that the producers understood that Southern renegades, bushwhackers and outlaws would have been more of a threat than most Union soldiers to defenseless Southern women. Of course, there are exceptions to the rule.

I am uneasy as well about how the so-called “African American slave” will be presented? Will this be similar to the laughable portrayal in The Patriot, or will it be more historically accurate?

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BOOK REVIEW: Faces of the Civil War: An Album of Union Soldiers and Their Stories

Written on:November 9, 2013

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Clara Barton’s Missing Soldiers Office

Written on:October 12, 2013

“What she did in nursing is incredibly important and we don’t want to diminish that at all. But to say that Clara Barton is a nurse is a gross understatement of her importance. The fact is that she was a relief organizer at a time when women didn’t do that. At a time when women found that they had to get men involved in order to be taken seriously, Clara…


Civil War Soldiers or Hipsters?

Written on:October 12, 2013

Recently stumbled upon this, very funny!


This is a Joke Right?

Written on:October 10, 2013

Nope! But our Government and leaders are! If you can make it out, it reads; “Because of the federal government shutdown, all national parks are closed and National Park Service webpages are not operating. For more information, go to”


Civil War in COLOR

Written on:October 7, 2013

This is pretty cool. Two professional colorists have combined their skills with photographs and fascination with the American Civil War to create a remarkable series of color photographs from the era. Read more:


Smithsonian Civil War Studies

Written on:September 14, 2013
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Been out of the loop for a month now with my teaching and coaching duties. My HS Football team in the last 3 weeks alone has traveled over 1600 miles to play teams around the state of Colorado. Anyway, I had an article, “Robbed of Glory, the Aftermath of Gettysburg and its impact on Soldiers and Civilians,” published via the Smithsonian last month. Thanks to the Smithsonian it was an…


A Mother’s Sympathy: Letter of Condolence

Written on:July 28, 2013

In August of 1862 Private Jonas Fuller of Bradford County enlisted  in Company A of the 141st Pennsylvania Infantry. His regiment spent time at Camp Prescott Smith in Arlington, VA., and on the march protecting Washington, D.C. The regiment was organized in August, 1862 and did not see significant action until December, 1862, at the Battle of Fredericksburg, after Jonas had passed away. Jonas wrote several letters home that have…


“Fightin fer Slavery” and Confederate v. Union Soldier Post-Civil War Experiences

Written on:July 23, 2013
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During some research today came across this nugget of a quote from Nathan Bedford Forrest who clearly had “no moral scruples against slavery,” when he apparently stated during the war “If we aint fightin’ fer slavery then I’d like to know what we are fightin’ fer.” Turns out not to be an unknown quote, but where I found it was in the book Veteran Comes Back, by Willard Wallard published…