A Kevin Levin Interview

April 10th, 2013

The Civil War Monitor conducted an interview with Kevin Levin about his book, Remembering the Battle of the Crater: War as Murder. He talks about Civil War memory through the Battle of the Crater and focuses on issues of race, but how it is different from David Blight’s, Race and Reunion. It helps show the different approaches scholars have taken while looking at the memory of the war.


“The Civil War Monitor”

April 10th, 2013

This online Civil War magazine covers new topics and issues. The site has three blogs, photo essays, and digital editions of some issues. One interesting aspect is the name itself. The USS Monitor was an ironclad in the infamous Battle of Hampton Roads on the northern side. Quick glances at the site make it appear to be from a northern perspective.


GWTW- “Melanie Remembers”

April 4th, 2013

Olivia de Havilland, Melanie in GWTW, reflects on the character of Melanie and her time working on GWTW. The short documentary is very interesting, giving her perspective on the character and the movie.




“Ironclads” (1991) Review

April 4th, 2013

Ironclads (1991) is “based on the true account of the Monitor vs the Merrimac. The movie uses the story of the Battle of Hampton Roads (1862) as the backdrop for the story of love and loyalty. The USS Monitor and the Merrimac (CSS Virginia) represented the first battle between ironclads and forever changed naval warfare. Like in the film, both ironclads could have done significant damage on port cities along the East Coast. However in the film, the battle developed into a fight that would forever change the war. The battle did no such thing, but the ships did become symbols of ingenuity. The first half of the film was about the design and development of the two ships.

Ironclads chose to focus on the Union cause and the ending of slavery. Betty, a Virginian who despises slavery, acts as a spy for she is well placed in the right circles. Her love for Catesby Jones, second in command on the Merrimac, overshadows her loyalty to the Union cause. Her role in the movie is to give the Union information about the Merrimac and that would help the war effort, the abolitionist effort.

Ironclads is important in the larger picture of understanding the Civil War in memory because it reflects on 1991 perception of the Civil War and the Battle of Hampton Roads. The Battle of Hampton Roads is revolutionary in naval warfare but controversial in its result. Both sides claimed victory, but some claim a draw. This debate still occurs, even in scholarly works, such as The Battle of Hampton Roads: New Perspectives on the USS Monitor and CSS Virginia. Ironclads did do a good job in the details of the ships, battles, costumes, and other historical points.

Holzer, Harold and Tim Mulligan, eds. The Battle of Hampton Roads: New Perspectives on the USS Monitor and CSS Virginia. New York: Fordham University Press, 2006.

Quarstein, John V. A History of Ironclads: The Power of Iron Over Wood. Charleston, SC: The History Press, 2006.

Ironclads VHS. Directed by Delbert Mann. California: Turner Pictures, 1991.

March 27th, 2013

This article was written on the March 8 burial of two seaman who served on the USS Monitor. Genealogists have worked to try to figure out the two men’s identities. The USS Monitor‘s historic battle with fellow ironclad CSS Virginia peaked the interest of scholars in preserving the memory of these ships.


Gresko, Jessica. “2 Civil War sailors from USS Monitor buried in VA.” Santa Cruz Sentinel, CA. http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/usnews/ci_22745925/2-civil-war-sailors-be-buried-at-arlingtonb (accessed March 27, 2013).

Upcoming Reenactments- “Living History”

March 27th, 2013

Clover Hill Village, VA is hosting reenactments in April. The article calls reenactments “living history.” It advertises that this will be a chance for people to talk to “soldiers” about every day life during the Civil War and to witness canons and gunfire.


Times- Virginian, Appomattox, VA. “Clover Hill Village to host reenactments, living history April 5-7.” http://www.wpcva.com/times-virginian/news/local/article_5c4a9dd8-96e5-11e2-bb18-001a4bcf887a.html (accessed March 27, 2013).

Confederate Flag- Heritage not racism

March 20th, 2013

This article fits in perfectly with conversations about the ways in which people talk about the Confederate flag is remembered and used. The United Daughters of the Confederacy shaped public perception of the Civil War by claiming that the war was not fought solely to preserve slavery. The article claims that the South is ignorant in the causes of the war.


Thompson, Tracy. “The South Still Lies About the Civil War: In an Ongoing Revisionist Effort, Southern Schools and Churches Still Pretend the War Wasn’t About Slavery.” Salon Media Group Inc. http://www.salon.com/2013/03/16/the_south_still_lies_about_the_civil_war/ (accessed March 20, 2013).

Lincoln statue in Richmond

February 27th, 2013

This article written by Richmond.com tells about the statue at Tregedar put up almost ten years ago. It includes the description on the marker. It is a constant reminder of the commemorations of Lincoln we have put up.


Riggan, Phil. “Where Am I RVA? Abraham Lincoln At Tregedar.” Richmond.com, February 26, 2013. http://www.richmond.com/discover-richmond/article_1af48316-7f99-11e2-b532-0019bb30f31a.html (accessed February 27, 2013).

Lincoln in Honda car commercial

February 27th, 2013

This is a Honda Presidents’ Day commercial from 2013. It’s funny to see Lincoln and Washington being used in cheesy commercials selling cars. There is also a Forbes article written on the commercial.




Honda. “Honda’s 2013 Presidents’ Day TV Commercial.” Youtube.com. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xE-7zxDx22U (accessed February 27, 2013).

Henry, Jim. “Time To Retire Washington And Lincoln, Lounge Singers, For Another Year.” Forbes, February 27, 2013. http://www.forbes.com/sites/jimhenry/2013/02/27/time-to-retire-washington-and-lincoln-lounge-singers-for-another-year/ (accessed February 27, 2013).

1913 Gettysburg Reunion

February 21st, 2013

This is a short documentary video on the 1913 Gettysburg reunion. The video then goes to a recording of Gettysburg 1863-1938 by Paramount News. The video was made port-Vietnam. During the first part it states, “William Faulkner said once that history is not was it’s is and what we need to remember about the Civil War is that the Civil War is in the present as well as in the past.” This is relevant to how we talk about memory of the war. The history of it is ongoing. The ending text says, “The other greatest generation.” This statement is powerful in that it idolizes Civil War veterans because they fought or what they fought for.



GenRWH. “Gettysburg Reunion.” Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yt7qvuHSg6U (accessed February 20, 2013).