I’ve been asked, along with a bunch of other folks, to contribute to an editorial piece for Civil War Times magazine. The topic – the Governor of Virginia’s Confederate History Month proclamation, his apology for the wording of same, and the sometimes thoughtful, sometimes bizarre reactions they prompted – is a hot one just now. I decided not to discuss it here, because as a commenter on Robert Moore’s blog correctly points out the controversy is a lot more about the present than it is about the past. And I think no one can deny that modern politics, which are taboo here, play a big part in the discussion. The other contributors are mostly big shots and mostly real historians (and doubtless scratching their heads wondering who the Harry guy in the e-mail cc list is), so I don’t anticipate my contribution will stand out in any positive way, and may even wind up on the cutting room floor. I’ll give it a shot, but every time I think about it I go off in different directions.