Wanted: Movie Reviewers

Screen Shot 2015-04-25 at 7.03.42 AMGreetings all!

I have been toying with the idea of adding a movie/television review section to each issue of The Americanist Independent. There have been a couple of reviews in the past, but I want to make it a regular feature in each issue. Of course I’ll need people to contribute short reviews on recent films or television shows that cover topics of  significance to United States history.

You can submit your reviews HERE.

Naturally, I am open to all suggestions.

For starters, I am considering these:

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With compliments,


The Face of (Post) War

Screen Shot 2015-04-24 at 10.28.56 AMGreetings all,

I found this rather extraordinary image on the Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park Facebook Page. This is Jacob Miller, a veteran of the 9th Indiana Infantry and member of the Grand Army of the Republic, who was wounded in the face while fighting  in the Brock Field at Chickamauga on September 19, 1863.

His stern countenance reflects his memories of battle: “I have an everyday reminder of it in my wound and constant pain in the head, never free of it while not asleep. The whole scene is imprinted on my brain as with a steel engraving.”

With compliments,



The Spring Issue of The Americanist Independent

Screen Shot 2015-04-21 at 10.23.57 AMGreetings all!

The Spring issue of The Americanist Independent, at long last, is live on the Internet. And yes, that’s LBJ on the cover – all smiles. This issue features studies on the early career of LBJ, by Jena Fuller; Civil War era coal mining, by Jake Wynn; and Germans in Milwaukee during WWI, by Kevin Kolesari.

Subscriptions are, and always will be, FREE. Click HERE to subscribe or log on and enjoy the Spring issue!

With compliments,


PS – this issue wraps up volume one. Stay tuned for a year in reflection post.





Screen Shot 2015-04-10 at 9.03.39 AM“After four years of arduous service marked by unsurpassed courage and fortitude, the Army of Northern Virginia has been compelled to yield to overwhelming numbers and resources.

I need not tell the survivors of so many hard fought battles, who have remained steadfast to the last, that I have consented to the result from no distrust of them.

But feeling that valour and devotion could accomplish nothing that could compensate for the loss that must have attended the continuance of the contest, I have determined to avoid the useless sacrifice of those whose past services have endeared them to their countrymen.

By the terms of the agreement, officers and men can return to their homes and remain until exchanged. You will take with you the satisfaction that proceeds from the consciousness of duty faithfully performed, and I earnestly pray that a merciful God will extend to you his blessing and protection.

With an unceasing admiration of your constancy and devotion to your Country, and a grateful remembrance of your kind and generous consideration for myself, I bid you an affectionate farewell.”

– Robert E. Lee, April 10, 1865

Cold Harbor to the Crater

Battle_of_Cold_HarborGreetings all – I am very pleased to announce that the latest edition of the Military Campaigns of the Civil War Series, Cold Harbor to the Crater: The End of the Overland Campaign, is available for preorder – due for release from UNC Press in September, 2015. I am exceedingly honored to have an essay in this volume, edited by Gary W. Gallagher and Caroline E. Janney. My focus is on Confederate soldiers and their prospects for victory in mid 1864. You might be surprised by what I have to say.

Screen Shot 2015-04-23 at 8.20.30 AMBut what’s really great is that I am in exceptional company. Other contributors include: Keith S. Bohannon, Stephen Cushman, Robert E. L. Krick, Kevin M. Levin, Kathryn Shively Meier, Gordon C. Rhea, and Joan Waugh.

How’s that for a group of heavy hitters?

With compliments,