Books, Trips, Letters, Apologies

5 10 2009

I’ve updated a number of links on my Books and Articles On-Line page that were rendered useless by the demise of Microsoft’s book digitization project.  If you run across any digitized versions of Bull Run related books or articles not on my list, please let me know and I’ll get them posted.

My family is taking me on a trip to Springfield, IL for my birthday coming up in November (the birthday is in November, the trip is not that far away).  We’ll be gone a few days, and I don’t anticipate making any posts during that period (blogging on a sight-seeing trip doesn’t appeal to me; blogging on a sit-on-your-butt trip is a different story).  I should have plenty of photos to post when I get back, and Mike over at the The Abraham Lincoln Observer (my favorite among a sea of Lincoln blogs) has been kind enough to send me some tips for the trip.  In the main, I plan to visit the ALPMuseum (the library will be closed), his home, the tomb, and drive to New Salem.  There are also some other oddball sights I’d like to hit, like the funeral museum Andrew Ferguson visited in Land of Lincoln (oops, reading Mike’s tips I see that museum has folded).  If you haven’t read that book yet, you should: it’s a hoot.

If work permits, this week I hope to post the letter from the member of Company D, 5th AL I talked about here, along with some related material.  The generous reader who shared the letter has been unable to look again at the original to get two missing lines, and has given me the go-ahead to post the letters without them.  When he does get the missing lines, I’ll amend the letter at that time.

I’ve also got a number of other letters to post, and need to apologize to many folks who have been kind enough to take the time to pass them on.  Friend Mike Peters has sent me a number of New York soldiers letters published in various newspapers, friend Terry Johnston has sent me some good stuff on the 79th NY Highlanders, friend Eric Wittenberg sent me a letter concerning Hampton’s Legion, and of course I have all that Brent Nosworthy material to wade through.  I haven’t even scratched the surface of what I have planned for the resources section.  Let’s hope I live long enough to make a dent.

Also keep an eye on what Jonathan Soffe is doing over at First Bull Run.com.  Cool stuff that he has graciously allowed me to use when I get around to writing my unit biographies.

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3 responses

12 10 2009
Chris Evans

I picked up Fergurson’s book earlier this year and really enjoyed it. I find it very funny and entertaining. It has become one of my favorites on Lincoln.
Chris

12 10 2009
The Abraham Lincoln Observer

I’ve always thought (and have written) that Ferguson’s book read like a quickie knocked off so he could expense his family vacation. Others, obviously, disagree.

But more importantly: So, Harry, how was the trip? Did Springfield live up to your expectations?

12 10 2009
Harry Smeltzer

Mike,

And I thought Skip Gates took Ferguson’s book and made his “own” documentary out of it, so that would make it a quickie of a quickie! No, I dug Ferguson’s book, regardless of how much it did or did not take for him to write.

Weekend was great – see upcoming series of posts. Unfortunately, the Tomb was closed on Sunday, and we just didn’t have time to see New Salem. We actually spent about 4 hours at the Presidential Museum! Thanks for all your tips – we followed them with great success.

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