It seems to me that the Civil War blogosphere has transformed from a spirited community of like-minded individuals dedicated to the preservation and presentation of history to some kind of no-man’s land where bloggers and readers try to out-comment one another. Spend just a few minutes surfing around the web and it becomes painfully apparent that most Civil War blogs have digressed into an angry forum that has pitted, academics, amateurs, students, scholars and everyone in between against one another. These ongoing debates of history versus heritage, flagging, lost causers, etc. has frankly given me a headache and at times, bored me to tears. Most of the time these heated discussions aren’t even about history, they’re about bolstering an individual’s politics. The argument itself has become king. This is incredibly unfortunate and quite ironic given that fact that we are commemorating the sesquicentennial of the Civil War while simultaneously conducting our own version online. I'm out.