Monthly Archives: October 2009

Atlas of the Civil War: A Complete Guide to the Tactics and Terrain of Battle

Yet another new arrival, and a beautifully created one. Atlas of the Civil War: A Complete Guide to the Tactics and Terrain of Battle (National Geographic). The folks at National Geographic were nice enough to send a review copy and … Continue reading

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West Pointers and the Civil War

I received a few days ago my advanced review copy of Wayne Wei-Siang Hsieh’s West Pointers and the Civil War: The Old Army in War and Peace (Civil War America). Hsieh challenges studies that claim field fortifications and defensive positions … Continue reading


American Exceptionalism: Continued….

I got a chance to look through my recently arrived copy of John Keegan’s book and I am already enjoying it. Some interesting comments just in his introduction alone he writes, “Had the battle [Bull Run] gone the other way, … Continue reading

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An Interesting Question: The “Character of History”

The Enemy of American Exceptionalism posted this remarkable video [below] as an apology to Eric Wittenberg over the recent debate (which predictably became personal!) they had concerning John Latschar. Eric accepted Kevin’s apology, sorta. Anyway, what is remarkable to me … Continue reading


John Latschar, To Do or Not To Do…

I will be clear.  I don’t know John Latschar and don’t care. However, he recently won some award concerning his work with the Gettysburg Battlefield and that’s great. But what heated it up was the news about his alleged use … Continue reading

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The American Civil War: A Military History

John Keegan is a British historian and a foremost military historian. His writing examines warfare throughout history, but focuses on the 14th Century to the modern warfare of the 20th and 21st Centuries. His latest work is on the American … Continue reading


Founders: The People Who Brought You a Nation

Founders: The People Who Brought You a Nation, by Ray Raphael came out earlier this year by The New Press and I am finally getting to read it and I must say I am thoroughly enjoying it. Raphael emerged in … Continue reading

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‘Orange Blossoms’

As some of you may already know I am a descendent of Col. Charles H. Weygant of the 124th NY Regiment, who were known as the “Orange Blossoms” as they were from Orange County New Jersey.  Weygant wrote a famous history … Continue reading

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Pursuing the “Exceptional” > Foreign Observations

The period after the War of 1812 is a challenging time as an educator; at least it is for me. The excitement of the late 18th Century creates a lull that is hard to get out of and even the … Continue reading

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To The “Enemy” of American Exceptionalism…

Levin, uh, well, thanks for that (I guess I am McCarthy, interesting) and whatever I can do to help you out man! I have no idea why you would put my name in that post? But whatever. Anyway, do please give me … Continue reading