Why the Civil War West Mattered (and Still Does)

In two recent columns for Civil War Times, historian Gary Gallagher repeats many arguments he has made in the past dismissing scholarly work on the Civil War West – a theater that he defines in his August 2017 column as extending from the Appalachians to the Pacific coast, and from North Carolina to Georgia. In … Continue reading Why the Civil War West Mattered (and Still Does)

There and Back Again: On the Awesomeness of Road Trips (and some stats)

Along with chocolate frosted donuts at the local pool (a treat after swim lessons), road trips were the defining events of my childhood summers. My mother was not a fan of airplanes and so every August we would pile into the car before dawn on a Saturday and head out across the country. The night … Continue reading There and Back Again: On the Awesomeness of Road Trips (and some stats)