The smartest reading out there…

From John Hennessy:

The blogosphere is bewildering, and we’re all glad you have found your way to Fredericksburg Remembered and Mysteries and Conundrums on a regular basis. The public response has been both surprising and gratifying.

But our tiny efforts are fairly narrowly focused to our own world here around Fredericksburg and the issues that affect us with respect to  history. For a bit of a broader view, I’d like to suggest you take a regular look at a few other blogs out there. This by no means represents anything approaching a comprehensive review of Civil War blogs, but these are the ones I check on a regular basis, and why. There are surely other worthy efforts out there that I have overlooked. 

Crossroads, by Brooks Simpson. Brooks is a professor at Arizona State University. His new blog represents the perfect match of mind and medium. Thoughtful, thorough, and VERY smart, it’s worth a mouse click every day. I learn something almost every time I visit. 

Civil War Memory.  The liveliest of all Civil War blogs–and the target of many unhappy people–this is the domain of Kevin Levin, an accomplished educator and historian currently in Charlottesville (soon to be in Boston). Kevin is smart and provocative. He does not suffer foolishness readily, and so he is inclined to call people on their claims, which in turn often yields some intense debate–debates that by themselves are useful looks at America’s psyche as it relates to the Civil War.  You might not always agree with Kevin, but he will get you thinking. 

Dead Confederates.  Texan Andy Hall backs up his arguments–and demolishes others’–with consistently impeccable research and logic. There is little shrill at Dead Confederates, but much passion. Andy seems to be one of those bloggers who doesn’t say anything until he’s ready, and once he’s ready, it’s best to listen.   

Cenantua’s blog. Robert Moore lives in the Shenandoah Valley and on a regular basis offers up small tidbits that tell us big things about the Civil War and, especially, the South, which of course was not as monolithic as some of us would like it to be.

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