Joy in Mudville

Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright,The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light;And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout,But there is no joy in Mudville—mighty Casey has struck out. “Casey at the Bat,” Ernest Lawrence Thayer, 1888 Six months ago, on April 1, I welcomed theContinue Reading »

Q&A: Reading and Writing with Lisa Tendrich Frank

Civil War. She is the author of The Civilian War: Confederate Women and Union Soldiers during Sherman’s March (Louisiana State University Press, 2015), which examines how warfare was redefined when the homefront and warfront collided as well as how gender guided both soldiers and civilians in one of the war’s most famous campaigns. She has also published six edited collections and dozens of articles and book chapters. Her most recent collection is Household War: How Americans Lived and Fought the Civil War (University of Georgia Press, 2020), co-edited with LeeAnn Whites. Dr. Frank is currently working on a book that explores the “domestic warfare” campaigns of U.S. generals Ulysses S. Grant, Philip Sheridan, and William T. Sherman.

Dispatches from Off the Deaton Path: Tomochichi

82 years ago, Yamacraw chieftan Tomochichi died and was buried in the center of what is now Wright Square in downtown Savannah. In this Dispatch, Dr. Deaton looks at the life and legacy of Tomochichi, his relationships with General James Oglethorpe and Mary Musgrove, and the role he played in Georgia’s early colonial period.

The Freshest Advices

Item: Back in 2008 I subscribed to the Easton Press list of the “100 Greatest Books Ever Written,” and every month for 8 years and 4 months a handsome, leather-bound volume turned up in my mailbox. I should note here that these are not in fact the greatest books ever written. They’re the 100 booksContinue Reading »

Podcast S4 E10: We Salute You, and Farewell

This week Stan remembers the birth and death of two iconic musicians from the 20th century, and the recent deaths of five historians whose work over the past 60 years helped redefine several eras of American history.