2:05 PM, Sep 17, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
At a school on MacDill Air Force Base, President Obama was asked whether he fought in the civil war. "No," Obama reportedly responded. "I was born in 1961."
Via the pool report:
As the pool walked into the school, we could see the president talking to a classroom with the door closed. In Elizabeth Slagal's first grade classroom next door, kids told the waiting pool that President Obama was coming to see them. They were all wearing red, white and blue. One of the poolers asked the kids what the president does. One of them, trying kind of hard to be on TV, mugged a big shrug. And then did it again, and again ... Over the transom, pool could hear the prez in the other room saying he was passing out AF One M and M's, and could also hear the kids peppering him with questions. (Yes, that's my signature, he said. "I signed every box.") Another question: did you fight in the Civil WAR?
"No, I was born in 1961." He also told the boys not to do any head-butts before coming over to the room the pool was in.
In Ms. Slagal's class, potus shook hands with every kid and admired the spikey haircut of one boy. Another kid checked out the president's hair in the same way. A little boy raised his hand and then, when the president called on him, couldn't remember what he was going to say. "That happens to me all the time," potus said. "I think I have a good point, and then.... the press makes fun of me."
He flashed a grin toward the pool.
Pool is back in the vans while the prez is still in the school house.
The fight for Georgia Aug 18, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 46 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
In the summer of 1864, the Union cause rested with Generals Ulysses S. Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman. They commanded the most formidable armies ever seen on the continent, yet neither had been in uniform four years earlier, when the war began. Both were West Point trained and had served, without distinction, in the regular army. One had left the army in disgrace; the other in frustration.
The fight that Grant regrettedJun 9, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 37 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The evening before the battle, a Union officer walked among troops who would be assaulting Confederate positions in the morning and observed something he had not seen before. As he wrote after the war, “I noticed that many of the soldiers had taken off their coats and seemed to be engaged in sewing up rents in them.”
10:39 AM, May 12, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Good news for those of us – and our numbers are legion – who are abidingly and insatiably interested in the American Civil War and the large footprint it has left on our history: Mackubin Owens has published a splendid piece in the current National Review on the battles and maneuvers of 150 years ago that have come to be known as “The Virginia Overland Campaign.” In his treatment of
150 years ago—the appointment that won a war Mar 31, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 28 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
He arrived without ceremony. No pomp, no pageantry. It was as far in spirit from Caesar’s entry into Rome as it could possibly have been. He had come to Washington to be made only the third lieutenant general in the nation’s history (George Washington and Winfield Scott were the others) and to assume command of all the Union armies and, consequently, the direction of the war from Texas to Virginia. He was being asked—commanded, actually—by civilian leadership to save the Republic. He was not the first.
And three years of foreign policy missteps. 8:35 AM, Mar 15, 2014 • By LEE SMITH
Today marks the third anniversary of the beginning of the Syrian rebellion, a popular uprising that started as a protest movement and degenerated into a civil war that has already claimed more than 146,000 lives. As the White House has come to enumerate the various reasons why it has balked at arming the rebels—they’re fragmented, they’re farmers, they’re al Qaeda—it’s worth remembering that even before the opposition picked up weapons to defend itself against a regime shooting at unarmed protestors, it took Obama nearly half a year before he called for Syrian president Bashar al-Assad to step aside.
8:01 AM, Oct 21, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The New York Times think it's found a civil war among conservatives and Republicans. The Times quotes the boss:
Some optimistic Republicans note that both of those campaigns planted the seeds for the conservative movement’s greatest success: Reagan’s 1980 election and two terms as president.
6:07 PM, Aug 28, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
In an interview with PBS, President Obama says no decision has yet been made on Syria:
"I have not made a decision," said Obama. "I have gotten options from our military. I had extensive discussions with my national security team."
The president went on to say that "terrible things have been happening in Syria for quite some time" and that the "Assad regime there has been killing its own people."
A masterpiece of military art Jul 8, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 41 • By MACKUBIN THOMAS OWENS
While Robert E. Lee was whipping Joe Hooker at Chancellorsville in May 1863, there were ominous developments for the Confederacy in Mississippi. During that month, Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s Army of the Tennessee crossed the Mississippi River south of Vicksburg and then executed a lightning campaign of maneuver that sealed the doom of that important Confederate stronghold, which surrendered on July 4.
Gettysburg: an epic tale of not quite enough and just in timeJul 8, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 41 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
A century and a half later, the battle of Gettysburg’s place in the national consciousness is so secure that you think of it as inevitable: the great contest of arms toward which all the previous battles of the Civil War had been leading. Thus, all that came before the breaking of Pickett’s Charge was rising action, and all that followed, conclusion and denouement.
1:02 PM, Apr 29, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama thanked the the National Academy of Sciences and said if it weren't for them, "I would not be here." He was referring to the work they did to help the Union in the Civil War.
Via the pool reports:
The Lost Cause is among the casualties in this definitive history. Dec 31, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 16 • By MACKUBIN THOMAS OWENS
As we mark the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, the publication of Allen Guelzo’s magisterial new account of that conflict is most timely.