I received this earlier today:
I enjoy your blog very much–it’s interesting to me to read (again) source material that I had once intensely examined, long ago, before I knew much of anything about the world, and to see if my take on it remains as it was. Generally it does, but I’m always curious. I know I could go back and read the stuff myself, but it’s more fun (to be honest) just reading it as you string it out there. Anyway, you do a very nice job.
My question: I have files full of First Manassas stuff, which I would be happy to share if you’d like. Every once in a while you put something up that stimulates me to go find other things–for example, I found that I have a WONDERFUL letter about Upton at Blackburn’s, busting him as a pretty West Point boy, after you had put up a couple of Upton related things a while back. But, I don’t know whether you have all this stuff already…or even want it.
So, I ask. Want me to send cool stuff along?
For those of you who don’t already know, John Hennessy is the NPS Chief Historian for Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Battlefield Park and author of a fine study of First Bull Run as well as one of the all-time classic Civil War campaign histories. Of course I said YES. This site has benefited tremendously from contributions by readers, and it looks like it will continue to do so. Thanks, John!