Small stories that don’t merit full-length blog posts of their own:
- Via Michael Lynch at Past in the Present, Glenn Beck’s favorite historian, David Barton (right), is upset that the Spielberg’s vision of the 16th president is a bit of a potty-mouth. What a dumbfuck.
- Speaking of that film, you’re probably sick of reading academic historians’ nit-picky critiques of it. (I know Keith Harris sure is.) But if you can stand to read just one more, make it Jared Frederick’s review. And if you want a copy of the final shooting script, you can download it here (PDF).
- If you’re ever on Jeopardy! and the $1,000 answer is, “this author can work Marx, Engels, Hitler, Lincoln and states’ rights into a single sentence,” the correct response is, “who is Donnie Kennedy?“
- The pissing match over display of Confederate flags at the Haywood County, North Carolina courthouse continues. There’s not a thing about this story that’s novel, except that the heritage crowd figured out a clever (if petty) legalistic solution to the ban on anything other than official government flags, by putting up a Mississippi state flag, that contains the Confederate Battle Flag as part of its design. Also, the North Dakota state flag is patterned after a 19th century U.S. Army regimental color. Just throwin’ that out there.
- The public school district in Hays County, Texas, voted this week to bar the Confederate flag from its campuses, extending a ban that had been in place since 2001 at Jack C. Hays High School. The high school’s teams will, for now, continue to be known as the Rebels, the school mascot will remain “Colonel Jack,” and the school fight song will still be “Dixie.” As with the flag dispute in Haywood County, there’s not much unusual to this story, either, except to note that the namesake of both the county and the high school, John Coffee “Jack” Hays (1817-83), was a famous Texas Ranger who sat out the Civil War quietly in California. The school’s Confederate imagery, like that of Dixie State College off Utah, is mostly an artificial construct.
- The Virginia Flaggers took a road trip to Sharpsburg recently to volunteer in placing luninarias in remembrance of those killed there in September 1862. They made a point to attend the memorial service with their big flags, unlike the other 1,400 or so volunteers, because otherwise someone might not have noticed that they were, you know, Virginia Flaggers.
- The world’s oldest person has died. Again. Have you ever noticed that they always seem to cark within a few months of claiming the title? This cannot possibly be a coincidence.
- Over at To the Sound of the Guns, Craig Swain flags a story from Ohio where the Sons of Union Veterans is fighting the proposed sale of two 3-inch Ordnance Rifles from the Civil War, that have been part of a memorial since 1927.
- Congratulations to Mads Madsen, who’s been posting his colorizations of CW images to Civil War Talk for a while now, and is finally getting some well-deserved public recognition. A lot of efforts at colorizing images yield genuinely garish results, but Madsen’s work is notable for its restraint and realism.
- As South Carolina’s governor names U.S. Representative Tim Scott to succeed Jim DeMint in the Senate, Cotton Boll Conspiracy gives us a look back to the last time a Southern state sent an African American to the upper house of Congress, back in the seventies — the eighteen-seventies.
- The Civil War Trust recently unveiled a page on Civil War Navies. Good on them; this is the sort of thing you don’t realize was sorely missing until you actually see it.
- This coming April, the SCV will raise the “World’s Biggest Third National” Confederate flag in Tampa. The event will be sponsored by the Jubal A Early Camp No. 556, even though the owner of the flag site, Marion Lambert, is a member of the new Judah P. Benjamin Camp, which sort of seceded from the Early Camp, and, well, it’s complicated.
- The lead story in Friday morning’s online edition of the Houston Chronicle was one announcing the end of the world. Brilliant, but also a tacit acknowledgement that it’s really The Onion’s world, and we just live in it.
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