Vol. 23, No. 4: Winter 2017

Vol. 23, No. 4: Winter 2017

The Confederate sensibility of loss. Cumberland Gap in photographs. Jimmy Carter’s southernness. Eastern Shore corn pone. Discovering Carl Perkins. And more.

Front Porch: Winter 2017

by Harry Watson

“Aunt Caroline called my brother and me over to her rocker and pressed into our hands two copies of a grey-bound pamphlet, one for each of us. A tiny red, white, and blue Battle Flag accented its cover, just below the title: ‘Some Things for which the South Did Not Fight in the War Between the States.’”

“Would to God I could tear the page from these memoirs and from my own memory”

by Edward John Harcourt

“Just as any man had ‘as much right to make a dictionary as Mr. Webster,’ he had as much right to write a history of the war as any Confederate general.”

“Defend with True Hearts unto Death”

by John Bardes

“The museum offers no chronological or thematic organization. Without context, its objects drift in ether, detached and baffling.”

Silent Ballad

by Rachel Boillot

“I’m still out somewhere on one of those roads—and I’m still listening.”

“Fuzzy as a Georgia Peach”

by Zachary J. Lechner

“With much on the line—but virtually nothing to lose—Ford undertook a halting, intermittently bold, and ultimately ill-fated campaign to undermine Carter’s regional credibility.”

Discovering Carl

by Shawn Pitts

This essay is excerpted from the Winter 2017 issue (vol. 23, no. 4). To read the essay in full, access via Project Muse (link at bottom).

The Scent of Corn

by Bernard L. Herman

“Ms. Jean and Mr. Wyard chatted. She was cool in her summer dress; he was cool with his precisely delineated head of painted hair.”

65th Infantry Veteran’s Park

by Simone Delerme

“[The 65th Infantry Memorial] continues to be one of the most important symbols of Osceola County’s Latinization and a significant political victory for some of the South’s newest residents.”

Crowd Crush

by Emilia Phillips

"if I could get away / with it without laughing."