Nathan Bedford Forrest Blog Post

This essay was published as a new introduction for Lytle’s Bedford Forrest and His Critter Company and is published here in honor of Forrest’s birthday, July 13. This is a…

Andrew Nelson Lytle
July 13, 2016

The Last Address Blog Post

The following is an excerpt from the forthcoming book, The Last Words, The Farewell Addresses of Union and Confederate Commanders to Their Men at the End of the War Between…

Michael R. Bradley
August 27, 2021

Crimes Against Humanity Blog Post

It is time to consider the crimes committed against Southern prisoners of war by their federal captors. In 1903, Adj. Gen. F. C. Ainsworth estimated that more than 30,000 Union…

Valerie Protopapas
March 15, 2021

Racism and Reputation Blog Post

Two terms that are tossed about with great liberality today are “racist” and “white supremacist.”  Like other words with specific definitions, such as “fascist” and “Nazi,” these labels are losing…

Rev. Larry Beane
March 1, 2021

Zorro and the Southern Tradition Blog Post

Through the centuries since Jamestown was founded, the South has held certain values, virtues, and ideals in high esteem: Courage, duty, humility, integrity, courtesy, chivalry, gallantry, self-control, reverence, selflessness, strength,…

Earl Starbuck
October 26, 2020

Calming the Rage Blog Post

I am desperately trying to sooth a despaired and troubled heart.  What’s the source of my despair?  The stuck record that is playing in my mind, repeating this question.  How…

Barbara Marthal
June 19, 2020

Two Visions of America Blog Post

A review of Land of Hope: An Invitation to the Great American Story (Encounter Books, 2019) by Wilfred M. McClay. Two Visions of America What is America? If America is…

Jason Morgan
February 4, 2020

Gunston Hall Boxwoods Blog Post

George Mason, like Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, was happiest at home, either in the fields and woods, with a good book by the hearth, or entertaining neighbors and family. …

Brett Moffatt
September 30, 2019

A History Lesson for Ted Cruz Blog Post

I am always annoyed when a conservative political leader attacks Southern heritage. I don’t know why because with the present-day crop of cowardly politicians, it is becoming routine, but I…

Samuel W. Mitcham
July 15, 2019

Guerilla War from the Pulpit Blog Post

Jabez Lafayette Monroe Curry was one of the major political figures of the Old South. In the Alabama Assembly and the United States Congress, he was a passionate and articulate…

Fred Irland
May 6, 2019

Talk Radio vs. The South Blog Post

Right wing radio personalities need no excuse to engage in South-bashing, but the recent events in the Old Dominion have given them free rein to indulge in their passion non-stop. …

J.L. Bennett
February 27, 2019

Union At All Costs Blog Post

A Review of Union At All Costs: From Confederation to Consolidation by John M. Taylor (Booklocker, 2016). Most of the time, finding historical gems requires a lot of work and…

Samuel W. Mitcham
August 28, 2018

White Knights of the North Blog Post

When the majority of people think of the Ku Klux Klan, there undoubtedly comes to mind a relic of post-Confederate racism that has now morphed into dangerous groups of rabidly…

John Marquardt
May 24, 2018

Hate the South Week Blog Post

‘Just a post, just a post, just a post on a blog, just a post, just a post, and the war has begun’ (To the tune of “Sloth,” Fairport Convention,…

Joseph R. Stromberg
December 13, 2017

A Black Advocate for Confederate Monuments Blog Post

Yesterday’s Washington Post had an article about eighty-eight year old Nelson Winbush who is a Florida black man and proponent of Confederate monuments. His grandfather, Louis Napoleon Nelson, was a Tennessee slave…

Philip Leigh
October 23, 2017

A Monumental Folly Blog Post

The gentle wave of what had been termed “monumania” that rolled over the South and parts of the North during the late Nineteenth and early Twentieth Centuries was one which…

John Marquardt
September 11, 2017

Podcast Episode 80 Blog Post

The Week in Review at the Abbeville Institute, July 10-14 2017 Topics: Nathan Bedford Forrest, Richard B. Russell, the New South, Confederate symbols, Political Correctness

Brion McClanahan
July 15, 2017

A Rebel Born Blog Post

Foreword for A Rebel Born: A Defense of Nathan Bedford Forrest, Confederate General, American Legend, by Lochlainn Seabrook, Sea Raven Press, 2010. There is a story that a year or…

Clyde Wilson
July 13, 2017

Bust Hell Wide Open Blog Post

A review of Bust Hell Wide Open: the Life of Nathan Bedford Forrest by Samuel W. Mitcham, Jr., Regnery History, 2016. Writing a biography about Nathan Bedford Forrest – a…

Dixie-cide Blog Post

Modern progressives are just as evil in their bloodlust against the South as were William Tecumseh Sherman and Philip Sheridan. Today’s leftists may not yet be waging the shock-and-awe total…

Dissident Mama
June 29, 2017

Understanding Andrew Lytle Blog Post

A Review of The Southern Vision of Andrew Lytle, by Mark Lucas, Louisiana State University Press, 1987. Andrew Lytle’s writings comprise a rich and diverse tapestry whose outlines are difficult…

Benjamin Alexander
June 20, 2017

The Search for Life After Pac Man Blog Post

I have made a discovery. There does, indeed, exist a place where nobody wants to leave. It is possible to breathe there without worrying about what you are inhaling. This…

Harry Hope
April 21, 2017

This is Mosby Blog Post

V.P. Hughes, A Thousand Points of Truth: The History and Humanity of Colonel John Singleton Mosby in Newsprint (XLIBRIS, 2016). Given command over a semi-independent unit of partisan rangers in…

James Rutledge Roesch
January 16, 2017

The Other William C. Falkner Blog Post

The date was Tuesday, November 5th . . . the year was 1889 . . . federal and local elections were being held in twenty states throughout America.  In addition…

John Marquardt
November 1, 2016

Jack Hinson’s One Man War Blog Post

Jack Hinson’s One-Man War by Tom C. McKenney; ISBN: 978-1-58980-640-5, Pelican, January 27, 2009, 400 pages. Beheading his sons and impaling their heads on the gateposts of his home –…

Terry Hulsey
October 24, 2016

July Top Ten Blog Post

The Top Ten for July 2016. Read ’em again. 1. The Free State of Jones: History or Hollywood? by Ryan Walters 2. Understanding the Battle Hymn of the Republic by…

Brion McClanahan
August 1, 2016

Podcast Episode 35 Blog Post

The Week in Review at the Abbeville Institute, July 11-15 and July 25-29, 2016 Topics: The Free State of Jones, Nathan Bedford Forrest, Southern politics, agrarianism, secession, slavery

Brion McClanahan
July 31, 2016

Healing the Wounds of War Blog Post

Over the years, countless thousands the New Yorkers have passed by monuments in their city that were dedicated to two eminent physicians who were related by marriage, but there is…

John Marquardt
April 22, 2016

Confederate Connections Blog Post

A friend of mine, a scholar of international reputation and a Tar Heel by birth, was visiting professor at a very prestigious Northern university a few years ago. In idle…

Clyde Wilson
June 4, 2015

The Wizard of the Saddle Blog Post

One of the greatest men in American history was born on this date (July 13) in 1821 near the town of Chapel Hill, Tennessee, then known as Bledsoe’s Lick. It…

Clyde Wilson
July 14, 2014

The Duty of the Hour Blog Post

The first thing I learned about Lieutenant-General Nathan Bedford Forrest was that he had twenty-nine horses shot out from under him in battle; in my fifth-grade social studies class, I…

Neil Kumar
March 25, 2020

The Southern Tradition Blog Post

Many years ago the historian Francis Parkman wrote a passage in one of his narratives which impresses me as full of wisdom and prophecy. After a brilliant characterization of the…

Richard M. Weaver
January 14, 2019

America’s Red-Headed Stepchild Blog Post

This piece was originally published on 3 July 2014 and is reprinted in light of current events. Are you puzzled and irritated by the viciousness and falsity of most of…

Clyde Wilson
June 24, 2015