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Essential Civil War Curriculum

The Essential Civil War Curriculum is a sesquicentennial project of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies at Virginia Tech. It consists of a vast array of essays on various aspects of the Civil War being written by a stable of Civil War historians. Jack has written three essays for the project — “20 Good Reasons to Study the Civil War,” “The Compromise of 1850” and “Election of 1864” — now available on

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I have neglected my blog entries shamefully, now going on for a long time. But have plans to reinaugurate it. Increasingly I feel the urge to sound off about a few things. I will keep you posted and let you know, right here, when that threatened reinauguration actually takes place.


History News Network (Internet), April 28, 2008, The Five Years that Made Lincoln President

US News, February 12, 2009, Abraham Lincoln, an Everyman Who Saved a Nation

The Washington Times, June 30, 2010, McClellan and McChrystal

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