I have been pretty busy over the past couple of months which has reduced the frequency I can post on here. Fortunately, things are quieting down or at least becoming more routine. That being said, here are some updates.
- Well, it’s official. I will no longer be teaching at Collins Hill High School next year. After a pretty successful grand finale I will be moving to West Hall High School in Hall County, Georgia for the 2016-2017 school year. I am looking forward to the new experience as well as working in a smaller school setting. I cherish the memories and the opportunity I had to work with stellar students and colleagues at Collins Hill. I will take the lessons I learned there everywhere I go.
- Two posts are in the works. One is a response to the SPLC’s recent report on Confederate Monuments and other symbols. I’ve been working on this off and on for some time, hopefully it will be done within the week. The second post I am working on is the final analysis of my classroom Confederate Flag project. (Here and Here for part 2 & 3)
- The old state flag of Georgia (the one with the Confederate Battle Flag on it) is at the heart of another controversy. The Downtown Development Authority of Villa Rica, GA wants to turn Wick’s Tavern, the oldest commercial building in Carroll County, into a museum. Currently, the Sons of Confederate Veterans own the building. The group is holding out – apparently they are ok with the building becoming a museum as long as the flag remains outside. It’s not really about history…
- Kevin Levin put a couple of posts up recently about William Mack Lee, the supposed body servant of Robert E. Lee during the Civil War. Check out what he wrote here and here.
- Check out Georgia Historical Society President Todd Groce’s talk about Sherman’s infamous “March to the Sea.” The description of the video says this:
General Sherman’s March to the Sea Todd Groce talked about Union General William Tecumseh Sherman’s background, his “March to the Sea” campaign, and how General Sherman is remembered. He described Sherman’s method as “hard war” rather than total war, and argued that the targets for destruction were carefully selected to diminish Southern resolve to continue the conflict.
“The March to the Sea: Rethinking General Sherman” was part of the four-day conference titled “Atlanta, the Shenandoah, and the Turn to Total War,” held at the Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Hotel and Conference Center.