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All my men behaved like heroes; not a man flinched from his post… R. W. Dowling, 1st. Lt., Cook’s Artillery.

Before you read Samito’s book and get the wrong impression that the Irish were part of the tradition of fair weather citizens who would sell their souls for a green card – or its 1860’s equivalent – you need to know that there were as many Confederate units laying claim to being Irish Brigades as […]

A political prisoner is someone who is out fighting for his or her people’s rights and freedom and is imprisoned for that alone.

EDITORS NOTE: We originally published a brief form of this review in October 2012 and have only recently had the chance to expand it and explain so much of the background of the argument that most are unaware of and so we now offer this expanded – and we hope improved – review of a […]

All political parties die at last of swallowing their own lies… John Arbuthnot

One of the many ironies of this book is that it was published before the Democrats nominated their first mixed-race candidate and offered the nation the logical conclusion of affirmative action. The truth of the matter is that whether it was the Republicans manipulating the Freedman’s Bureau during the military occupation of the South that […]

Among the expected glories of the Constitution, next to the abolition of Slavery was that of Rum… George Clymer

American to the backbone : the life of James W.C. Pennington, the fugitive slave who became one of the first black abolitionists  Christopher L. Webber  New York : Pegasus Books, 2011  Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing.  493 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., map, ports. ; 24 cm.   Bibliography note: Includes bibliographical references (p. […]

If we ever pass out as a great nation we ought to put on our tombstone ‘America died from a delusion that she had moral leadership’… Will Rogers

History is full of men who believe themselves exempted from the mores of their times. If they practice a selective exemption – that is to say if they are abstemious of the common vices of their day – they may be seen as moralists and exemplars of their time. Unfortunately, more often than not, politicians […]

God cannot alter the past, though historians can, which is why we are uneasy at the way historians are consulted as if history is going to repeat itself. It never does – only historians repeat one another!

Neither sufficiently inculcated in the values of the South nor of a precise enough bent to give his criticisms authority C. Vann Woodward spent a long career producing what might most accurately be termed abolitionists romances. Since he was a southerner [sic] his works were seized upon and praised by the ideologues who, even 150 […]

Now don’t mistake me. I’m not advising cruelty or brutality with no purpose. My point is that cruelty with purpose is not cruelty – it’s efficiency. Then a man will never disobey once he’s watched his mate’s backbone laid bare. He’ll see the flesh jump, hear the whistle of the whip for the rest of his life… William Bligh

A hanging offense : the strange affair of the warship Somers  Buckner F. Melton, Jr.  New York : Free Press, c 2003  Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. 301 p. : map ; 24 cm.     Includes bibliographical references (p. [264]-291) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or […]