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Call for Panelists: Border States/Memory SCWH 2018

Greetings All,

I'm trying to organize a panel for the Society of Civil War Historians Meeting in 2018 that focuses on Border States and/or twentieth-century memory.  My paper examines the place of Maryland in Civil War memory and the state's struggle for a postbellum Civil War identity.  I plan on using three mid-twentieth century examples of moments of contention concerning Confederate and Unionists memories.

I think papers that examine other Border States in memory or Civil War memory in the twentieth-century more broadly would fit well.

Motivation for Winfield Scott's "Views" Memo of 29 October 1860

I am looking to contextualize Lt. Gen. Winfield Scott's memorandum of 29 October 1860, where he raised the issue of the vulnerability of the coastal fortifcations in southern states, as well as his political views on the forthcoming election and potential secession crisis. In his memoirs he merely states that he wrote it out of concern about the election. Is anyone aware of sources providing more detail on Scott's context and motivations for writing and circulating it so widely?


Shawn Woodford