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Thank you to @TheOtherDrStern for organizing an excellent #SCWH2022 roundtable on US Indian Policy during the #CivilWar and #Reconstruction, with @CNZander and @jen_andrella yesterday! It was a delight to moderate.

Here’s what made it a great Roundtable: (thread)
1. We pulled our chairs out from behind the dais

2. We asked audience members to introduce themselves to everyone at the beginning of the session

3. The panelists introduced themselves and their topics, and how they came to those topics - briefly
4. We began with questions that we had already posed in a Google doc in the weeks leading up to the conference

5. We encouraged people to ask questions or make comments to join the conversation from the beginning. They did.

6. We had notes, but no one read from them
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"We, with the rest of nature, have it within us to evolve through crisis, but we need to change how we see the world and...act in it. We need to think creatively and inclusively-our values and behaviours, not laws, will decide our future." @JeannetWeurman greeneracresvaluenetwork.wordpress.com/2022/06/04/dai…
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¿Se justifica el desarrollo de personaje de #ScarletWitch en #MultiversoDeLaLocura ?
La primera vez que conocemos a Wanda es como una villana dispuesta a apoyar a Ultrón en su plan para destruir a los Vengadores. Al descubrir que este persigue la destrucción de todo, es cuando decide cambiar de bando. Image
Para #CivilWar la vemos aprendiendo a ser heroína. Pero un error termina en el incidente de Lagos. Si bien el equipo trató de protegerla, la prensa si la señaló como un peligro. Al final termina en la Balsa de donde será rescata.
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#OTD in 1862 Newton Knight reenlisted in the Confederate Army after being on furlough. He originally enlisted in July of 1861. He deserted in October of 1862 and headed home after he received word the Confederate Army had taken his family's horses for the war effort.
There is much debate and mystery surrounding Knight, his actions during and after the war, and what motivated him. However, Knight's life provides insight into conflicting ideas of race, class, and politics in Mississippi and the South writ large during the Civil War.
Knight was a yeoman farmer in Jones County, Mississippi when the war broke out. According to historian @vikki_bynum, only 12% of the county's population was Black and most whites were subsistence farmers like Knight.
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The Battle of Palmito Ranch was fought in Texas #OTD in 1865. The Confederate victory is widely considered the last battle of the Civil War. The battle occurred over one month after Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox and two days after Jefferson Davis was captured. Image
Both sides knew the war was virtually over, but a small contingent of Confederate forces refused to surrender near Brownsville, Texas. Many of the men serving under the Union Army there were members of the United States Colored Troops.
A fragile cease fire had been agreed to between the two sides on May 11. However, Confederate Lt. Gen. Edmund Smith of the Trans-Mississippi Department refused to accept the inevitable end of the war.
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#OTD in 1864 the House passed the Wade-Davis Reconstruction bill. The House version of the bill was written by Rep. Henry Davis of Maryland. By this time Congress attempted to preemptively take control of post-war policy, creating a rift with President Lincoln.
Lincoln issued the "Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction" on December 8, 1863. It required only 10 percent of a seceding state's population to take an oath of loyalty before a new state government could be formed. These states would also be required to abolish slavery.
Radical Republicans in Congress felt Lincoln's plan was too lenient and began crafting legislation of their own to address the issue. They asserted that Confederate states were not states, but conquered territory. Lincoln maintained that those states never legally seceded.
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#OTD in 1865 President Andrew Johnson put out a reward of $100,000 dollars (Approximately $2 million in today's money) for the capture of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Davis and a small group of close advisors had fled Richmond in early April. Image
They initially fled to Danville, Virginia but had to quickly leave because the Union Army was hot on their tail. They arrived in the town of Washington, Georgia in Wilkes County of May 3rd. He held his last meeting the next day. Image
Davis reunited with his family on May 7th and they arrived in Abbeville on May 8th. During this time, it was believed by the United States Government that Davis played a role in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Image
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John Doby Kennedy died #OTD in 1896. A law student prior to the #CivilWar, he elected to join the confederacy and commanded a regiment in the confederate losses at the Battles of @GettysburgNMP, Cedar Creek, Bentonville, and others. #ConfederateHeritageMonth
After the war he was elected to the @USHouseHistory, but was denied his seat when he refused to take the oath swearing allegiance to the federal government. He was also prominent in the effort to return South Carolina to majority white rule. #ConfederateHeritageMonth
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General Robert Anderson, who had surrendered Ft. Sumter in April, 1861, returned to the fort #OTD in 1865 and raised the same flag over it as part of a national day of Thanksgiving for the end of the #CivilWar.
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#OTD in 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was shot in the head by actor John Wilkes Booth while attending the play “Our American Cousin” at @fordstheatre in Washington, DC. It was less than a week after the surrender of Robert E. Lee’s army had effectively ended the #CivilWar.
Booth, an ardent confederate sympathizer and famed actor, had refused invitations to the White House that Lincoln had extended after seeing him perform. He wrote in his diary in March, 1865, that he missed an opportunity to kill Lincoln when he attended his second inauguration.
Booth and others had been discussing plans for several weeks to kill or abduct Lincoln in an attempt to force better terms for the confederacy. When he learned on the morning of April 14 that Lincoln would be attending the play, he decided to make the attempt that night.
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Richard "Dick" Taylor died #OTD in 1879, at the age of 53. He was the only son of the late President of the United States, Zachary Taylor, but decided to join the confederacy at the outbreak of the #CivilWar. #ConfederateHeritageMonth Image
A graduate of @Yale, Taylor displayed his confederate heritage by running a forced labor farm in Mississippi prior to the war, which included enslaving over 200 Black people. He later sold it and bought a different one named "Fashion" in Louisiana. #ConfederateHeritageMonth Image
When his crops failed and he went heavily into debt, Taylor entered politics. He was elected to the Louisiana Senate, where he became a member of the Native American Party, better known as the Know Nothings. The party was known for its harsh xenophobic, anti-immigration policies. ImageImageImageImage
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The Fort Pillow Massacre took place #OTD in 1864, when confederate troops under Nathan Bedford Forrest captured the US outpost and killed over 200 Black soldiers and their officers, many murdered after they had been captured and disarmed. #CivilWar #ConfederateHeritageMonth ImageImageImageImage
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#OTD in 1861, southern troops in Charleston, SC displayed their confederate heritage by opening fire without provocation on the @USArmy post at @FtSumterNPS, situated on an island at the mouth of Charleston Harbor. The bombardment began the #CivilWar. #ConfederateHeritageMonth ImageImageImage
When South Carolina seceded from the US four months earlier, several demands were made for the @USArmy installations around Charleston to be abandoned. The local commander, Major Robert Anderson, refused, and consolidated his men at Fort Sumter. #ConfederateHeritageMonth ImageImage
Attempts were made to resupply the garrison. In January, the steamship "Star of the West" was hired to bring supplies & reinforcements to the fort, but it was needlessly fired upon by batteries manned by cadets from The @Citadel1842. The ship turned back before reaching the fort. ImageImage
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🚨🚨🚨I’m thrilled to release today a new mini docu-series about the power of symbols, memory, and story through an exploration of Monument Ave. in Richmond, VA.

New episodes drop every day, so be sure to check back for more.

Here’s the first one. Let me know what you think!
In part 2 of this mini docuseries we look at the Robert E. Lee monument and how such statues helped create a narrative of white supremacy in the Jim Crow era.
#History #CivilWar #Monuments
Monuments matter because they are symbols. Symbols matter because symbols tell stories. Stories matter because stories make us who we are.

Part 3 of this mini docuseries tackles why we must remove Confederate monuments.
#History #CivilWar #Justice
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1/8. A longread thread.
What happened in #Breakaway area #Donbass in Eastern #Ukraine after #NATO's Brutal #Maidan #Coup + installation of a #Nazi #Regime, that started a bloody #CivilWar between the #Galician NeoNazi's supported by NATO & the #Russian #Speaking ½ of the nation:
2/8. 2016. #Donbass Region, #Eastern #Ukraine.

#Russian speakers, common workers, watch children, family & friends #Die.
On a #Daily base.
By "The #Kiev Army", but really a #Gang of #Nazi's.

- Click 👇 Below 👇 the #Sinister text for #Video.
👉👈YouTube
3/8. 2016. #Donbass in #Eastern #Ukraine.

#Russian speakers, common workers, hiding in their cellars, watch their children, family & friends #Die.
On a #Daily base.
They want their #Voices to be #Heard.
Here they are.
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The confederate congress, at the request of Robert E. Lee, narrowly passed a bill #OTD in 1865 allowing Black men to serve in their army. The bill did not grant the men freedom if they volunteered, and required the consent of their “master” in order to enlist. #CivilWar
To that point, Black men had only done manual labor for the southern army, or acted as servants to their white owners who served as officers. They had been specifically prohibited from even being enlisted into the army, let alone serving in combat roles.
The bill had no impact. Passed less than a month before Lee surrendered, the few Black men who were enlisted never saw combat. In the years since, there has been an effort to revise this history and insist that thousands of Black troops served the confederacy.
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Rear Admiral John Lorimer Worden, who commanded the USS Monitor during her historic duel against the confederate ironclad Virginia at the Battle of Hampton Roads during the #CivilWar, was born #OTD in 1818. He was wounded in the face and briefly blinded during the battle.
After the war, Worden held several commands and served as Superintendent of the @NavalAcademy. He retired as a Rear Admiral in 1886, and passed away in 1897 at the age of 79.
The Tiffany & Co. sword that Worden was given by his home state of New York to celebrate his command of the Monitor was donated to the Naval Academy by his family after his death. It was stolen in 1931, and remained lost for over six decades until recovered by the FBI in 1998.
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Timothy Webster, an agent for the @Pinkerton National Detective Agency and spy for the U.S., was born #OTD in 1822. Shortly after the #CivilWar began, Webster and a female agent, Hattie Lawton, were sent by into southern Maryland and @RichmondNPS to spy on the confederacy.
Posing as husband and wife, Webster and Lawton gained the trust of confederate officers, learning valuable information that they sent north to Allan Pinkerton. Webster fell ill in early 1862 and could not send reports, prompting Pinkerton send two other agents to look for him.
Those men, Pryce Lewis and John Scully, were recognized and captured, and gave information that led to the arrests of Webster and Lawson. Lewis and Scully were released, and Lawson was imprisoned before being exchanged, but Webster was sentenced to death by hanging.
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Senator Charles Sumner, whose caning at the hands of Rep. Preston Brooks on the floor of the US Senate in 1856 escalated tensions between the Northern and Southern states prior to the #CivilWar, died #OTD in 1874 at the age of 63. He is buried in @MountAuburnCem in Cambridge, MA.
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Edmund Kirby was born #OTD in 1840, in Brownville, NY. The town was named for his maternal grandfather, Major General Jacob Brown, who was the first man to hold the title of Commanding General of the @USArmy. Kirby's father was also an Army officer.
Following family tradition, Kirby attended @WestPoint_USMA & graduated in the Class of 1861. With the #CivilWar already raging, he was quickly commissioned as an artillery officer & promoted. He saw action at the Battles of First @ManassasNPS, Ball's Bluff, and @Antietamnps1862.
During the Battle of Chancellorsville in May, 1863, Kirby took over command of the 5th Maine Battery, part of John Reynolds' I Corps, when all of the battery's officers had been killed or wounded. Kirby was struck in the thigh, but insisted the guns be removed before he was.
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General William Rosecrans died #OTD in 1898 at the age of 78. A graduate of @WestPoint_USMA, he secured several critical victories for the @USArmy in the Western Theater of the #CivilWar, including the Battles of Iuka, Corinth, and @StonesRiverNPS.
Unfortunately, he was most known for being in command during the disastrous rout of the Army of the Cumberland during the Battle of @ChickamaugaNPS. His confusing order had created a gap in his lines, through which a confederate corps attacked.
As his troops retreated, Rosecrans also elected to abandon the field, ordering General George Thomas to take command of any remaining troops and withdraw, while Rosecrans himself rode to Chattanooga. Thomas conducted a stoic defense and withdrew the army in good order.
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The Battle of Monroe’s Crossroads was fought #OTD in 1865, between confederate troops under Wade Hampton and U.S. forces under Hugh Kilpatrick. It was one of the final all-cavalry engagements of the #CivilWar, and was largely a draw. The site is now on the grounds of @FtBraggNC. ImageImageImageImage
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Harriet Tubman, who escaped slavery and became a political activist and abolitionist, died #OTD in 1913. Born with the name Araminta “Minty” Ross on a plantation in Dorchester County, MD, the exact date of her birth is not known. #WomensHistoryMonth Image
She escaped slavery in 1849 and settled in Philadelphia. After hearing that some members of her family were to be sold, she returned to Maryland to help them escape. This was the first of 13 trips she made to the South, freeing 70 escaped slaves, earning her the nickname “Moses”. ImageImageImage
During the #CivilWar, Tubman worked for the @USArmy as a spy and armed scout, participating in raids in South Carolina that freed hundreds of additional slaves.
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#OTD in 1865 Charleston, South Carolina Mayor Charles Macbeth surrendered the city to Lieutenant Colonel A.G. Bennett of the 21st United States Colored Troops. The city had been under siege since the summer of 1863 and its harbor contained Ft. Sumter, where the war began.
Confederate General Beauregard ordered the evacuation three days earlier, nearly four years after he commanded the initial assault of Ft. Sumter in April, 1861. By the afternoon a company of the 54th Mass. (USCT) was helping to extinguish the flames set by the retreating rebels.
Many of the first Union soldiers to enter Charleston were from the USCT and they left a wake of liberation for Black Charlestonians who were legally enslaved the day prior. Days later the 55th Mass. (USCT) walked the streets of downtown singing "John Brown's Body."
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