Flag Abuse

Responding to the anti-shutdown right-wing protest in front of the White House on Sunday (which featured the Confederate flag and a rebel yell), Ta-Nehisi Coates gets at something that has long gnawed at me: If a patriot can stand in front of the White House brandishing the Confederate flag, then the word “patriot” has no meaning. The… Read more Flag Abuse

Robert Barnwell Rhett

Part of the Cool Civil War Names series. We’ve got ourselves a good ol’ fashioned fire-eater here. And like fire itself, this brand of demagogue was a useful tool only until it burned its wielder. A lawyer by trade, Rhett entered public service in 1826 as a South Carolina state legislator and continued as state… Read more Robert Barnwell Rhett

Jubal Early

Part of the Cool Civil War Names series. There’s so much Civil War in this guy it makes me want to cry. “Old Jube” (as Robert E. Lee would later come to call him) and his brawny beard fought early and often in the war between the states, but for reasons you wouldn’t suspect from… Read more Jubal Early

Zebulon Baird Vance

Part of the Cool Civil War Names series. This guy had ambition. Studying law by 21 and in the North Carolina House of Commons by 24, Vance made friends and won elections with his oratorical skills and soon entered Congress as the youngest legislator and one of the few Southern supporters of the Union. This… Read more Zebulon Baird Vance