Civil War

Zebulon Vance Monument -- a gray obelisk photographed in front of an office building

State Supreme Court hears arguments in Confederate monument case

BY: - November 2, 2023

Imprisoned by federal troops shortly after the end of Civil War, North Carolina Gov. Zebulon Vance wrote his friend from jail in a state of despair. “There are indications that the radicals intend to force perfect Negro equality upon us. Should this be done, and there is nothing I can do to prevent it, it […]

SPLC Report: Seven Confederate monuments removed in NC last year, 173 remaining

BY: - April 14, 2023

North Carolina was among the states that removed the most Confederate monuments and symbols last year, according to new data from the Southern Poverty Law Center. But just seven such symbols were removed, according to the SPLC; 173 remain across the state. This week, as the  North Carolina Commission on Racial and Ethnic Disparities held […]


Weekend humor from Celia Rivenbark: Civil War II?

BY: - September 17, 2022

Gentle Reader: The following, inspired by Union soldier Sullivan Ballou’s famous “Civil War Letter to His Wife” should be read with wistfully sweet violins playing in the background, a la Ken Burns’ epic documentary. This updated epistle is inspired by a recent poll showing more than half of Trump-supporting Republicans believe a civil war will […]


If you think you are living in a divided America, it’s nothing new

BY: - February 21, 2022

We are the United States of America. At least, that is who we have always claimed to be. But are we? Have we ever been? Considering where we are today, and the state of our public discourse, it begs the questions. The brazen and hateful divisions playing out in almost every aspect of American life […]

Asheville City Council votes to remove monument to racist Gov. Zebulon Vance

BY: - March 24, 2021

  The City of Asheville will remove a 75-foot monument to Zebulon Vance, the racist Confederate-era North Carolina governor, from the center of its downtown area. As reported by the Citizen Times newspaper, the council voted 6-1 Monday to remove the controversial statue. “Personally, I’ve come to believe that the Vance Monument no longer reflects, […]