Dead Confederates, A Civil War Era Blog

Blood and Glory

Posted in Memory by Andy Hall on April 4, 2015


On Tuesday, April 7, The History Channel will premier Blood and Glory: The Civil War in Color, featuring over 500 original, black-and-white images that have been colorized. Among the digital artists who did this work are Mads Madsen and the folks over at Civil War in Color. The History Channel is not especially known these days for in-depth historical analysis, but this particular show was created with the input of Garry Adelman of the Center for Civil War Photography and photgrapher/collector Jack Melton, which is a good sign.

Update: Will Hickox points out that the show website also highlights the participation of “Civil War historians Richard Dreyfuss and Ben Stein.” Ugh.



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  1. Pat Young said, on April 4, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    It sounds good and we have seen some of the photos that will be used.

  2. Shane said, on April 4, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    For a preview, check out some of the work at the reddit forum dedicated to colorized civil war photos, here:

    A more general forum is dedicated to colorizing other old photos, here:

  3. Leo said, on April 4, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    I gave up on the History Channel when they started the Ancient Aliens nonsense and the reality TV.

  4. Will Hickox said, on April 4, 2015 at 11:45 pm

    Among other things, the website taught me that Richard Dreyfuss and Ben Stein are Civil War historians.

  5. Will Hickox said, on April 5, 2015 at 12:25 am

    I was filmed as a talking head for this, but I don’t feel bad pointing to its problems since it was an unpaid gig.

    • Ken Noe said, on April 5, 2015 at 6:06 pm

      They filmed me too. There are lots of real scholars slated to appear as well, so I’m not too worried about Matt Hooper. The focus on the photos is a surprise to me.

      • Will Hickox said, on April 6, 2015 at 5:50 pm

        I apologize for hijacking the discussion, but I’d like to say I really enjoyed “Reluctant Rebels,” Prof. Noe.

        • Ken Noe said, on April 6, 2015 at 9:57 pm

          Many thanks Will.

      • Kendall Sterling said, on April 8, 2015 at 8:35 pm

        I’ve enjoyed many of your writings, Dr. Noe, but particularly “Reluctant Rebels” and “The Civil War in Appalachia.” Excellent work, all of it.
        However, I found the first installment of the series to be very slanted, selective in its choice of facts, etc. Really wasn’t impressed by it at all.

        • Ken Noe said, on April 9, 2015 at 4:43 pm

          Thanks again.

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