Ta-Nehisi Coates (whose blog you should be reading) recently wrote this post about Ulysses S Grant’s memoirs and the skill of their writing. It’s something that has struck me too about DPG’s letters: the clarity of the language and its style. I guess I had some misconceptions about how people wrote in the mid-19th century, although it’s also possible that DPG writes...
The old theme had too small a font for the length of the letters. This one should be a bit more readable. Tell me what you think. xo, the management PS. You can follow General Grier’s Civil War by clicking the RSS link at the top of the page if you don’t have a Tumblr. This theme also has more visible About, Ask, and Contact pages. Plus, as long as we’re recapping, if you...
Imagining the Civil War
“Much of my teaching isn’t through lectures, but contemplation. As part of our tour of the New Market Battlefield, I ask students to spend a few minutes alone to reflect on a short profile of one of the 48 Virginia Military Institute cadets who ran across a the “Field of Lost Shoes” to turn back a Union charge; the ground was so thick with mud that most of them lost their footgear in it...
Scanning and transcription
[I suppose it’s only fair that if I’m directly quoting from my great-great-great-grandparents’ private letters, quotes from myself shouldn’t be corrected and made prettier either. In that spirit here is an email I just sent to a friend about the Civil War letters.] am trying to post the majority on the blog — if the letter has anything good in it it will go up. the ...