Brooks Simpson has offered to host an exchange between Earl L. Ijames, a curator at the North Carolina Museum of History, and Kevin Levin on issues surrounding Ijames' research on black Confederates. The invite appears not to have been accepted.

p.s. If we cannot have an exchange of ideas, we can have a language exchange. Upon moving to Maryland after the turn of the century I learned that this name is pronounced "Imes." Frederick (which you all know) is near "Ijamsville" (they dropped the e) which I had even more trouble decoding phonetically than Virginia's "Enroughty" (Enroughty is pronounced "Darby" as the well-read ACW buff knows). Likewise, my tongue twisted on Maryland's Monocacy until I heard it from the mouths of locals as "Monoxy."