Best of the Civil War Blogs (5-18-2017)

(May 18, 2017) Provided below are links to selected Civil War and Reconstruction articles and one audio interview that I enjoyed I during the past week.

1. Although Jefferson Davis is often miss-characterized as tyrannical compared to Lincoln, this Civil War Talk Radio interview documents that, unlike Lincoln, he never interfered with a free press in the Confederacy, no matter how much the Fourth Estate criticized him.

2. The Cotton Boll Conspiracy blog documents that a number of blacks who joined Wade Hampton’s Red Shirts in a successful effort to oust South Carolina’s carpetbag government in 1876, were not only appreciated by their white colleagues, but even honored.  As a matter of interest, when I once tried a year or so ago to edit the Wikipedia article about South Carolina’s 1876 election to include this matter, it was repeatedly erased by anonymous Wikipedia administrators that would not tolerate any mention of blacks being part of the Red Shirts.

3. On his Facebook page, Grant Under Fire author Joe Rose posts this video from the campus of Texas Tech University. 


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2 thoughts on “Best of the Civil War Blogs (5-18-2017)

  1. Cotton Boll Conspiracy

    Unfortunately, I’ve found Wikipedia to be a frustrating exercise. The concept is good, but the execution leaves much to be desired. It’s essentially become a place for prevailing thought to be reinforced.

    1. Phil Leigh Post author


      It is concerning because the Wikipedia is often the “go to” source for information on topics people are unfamiliar with.


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