Ludwell H. Johnson III

About Ludwell H. Johnson III

Professor Ludwell Johnson (1927-2017) earned his B.A. and Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University and taught American History at the College of William and Mary for thirty-five years. Professor Johnson authored many essays and book reviews and is the author of North against South: The American Iliad, 1848-1877 and Red River Campaign: Politics and Cotton in the Civil War.

In Search of the Real Abraham Lincoln

By |2019-10-04T09:35:03-05:00May 17th, 2018|Categories: Abraham Lincoln, Christianity, History, Presidency, South|

For many, Abraham Lincoln became a symbolic Christ, for some, perhaps, more than symbolic. They could scarcely help themselves, the parallels were so striking. He was the savior of the Union, God’s chosen instrument for bringing the millennium to suffering humanity, born in a log cabin (close enough to a stable), son of a carpenter… [...]

Should We Pass Judgment on the Past?

By |2020-08-24T14:29:07-05:00August 23rd, 2017|Categories: Civil War, History|

Having grown up in the capital of the Confederacy in a family riddled with unreconstructed rebels, I was always sensitive to these imputations of inferiority directed at the South and Southerners: my section and my people. Although I felt in my heart that something must be wrong, that we could not have been that bad, [...]

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