Small items that don’t warrant full posts of their own:
- Please welcome to the world of Civil War blogging Matthew Stewart, of The War Bureau.
- Al Mackey has put up an interview with Tony Horwitz, author of the 1990s best-seller Confederates in the Attic. Horwitz’ depiction of the fringier elements of the “heritage” community, done back in the olden days before anyone ever imagined things like Facebook and Twitter, has held up pretty well.
- The first season of Mercy Street comes to an end on Sunday evening. It has its problems, but its fictional story is better grounded in historical events than a lot of what gets passed off as non-fiction documentaries. I hope it gets picked up for more episodes.
- The Virginia Flaggers put up their eleventy-third Confederate Battle Flag the other day, this one dedicated to Wade Hampton, who abandoned Columbia, South Carolina to Uncle Billy Sherman 151 years ago this week without a fight. This flag is located on I-95 south of Petersburg, across the highway from the Bexley Mobile Home Park.
- Just when you got to where you could say, “Texas Board of Education” with a straight face again, along comes Mary Lou Bruner.
- Do you suppose this proud Texas flagger understands that Sam Houston was a Unionist who opposed secession, and accurately predicted disastrous defeat for the Confederacy?
- Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia passed away last weekend, after three decades on the nation’s highest court. Although Scalia prided himself as an “originalist,” who insisted on reading the Constitution as he thought the Founders did more than two centuries ago, even he believed the legality of secession was a long-settled issue.
- It’s a lot of fun watching the heritage crowd argue about whether a native-born Canadian or a New York real estate mogul from Queens are the most supportive of Confederate symbols.
- Meanwhile, a poll taken back in December showed Governor Nikki Haley with an 81% approval rating among likely South Carolina GOP primary voters, and 84% among self-identified Tea Party supporters. Looks like the odious Kirk Lyons is gonna need a lot more airplanes.
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