Cancellation

25 01 2011

I received word today of the cancellation of the Rocky Mountain Civil War Symposium, The Eastern Theater from First Manassas Through the Seven Days Campaign in Aurora, CO, at which I was to speak on October 1, 2011.

Sell your stock in airlines and Denver area dining and lodging establishments, as the estimated 125,000 folks who wanted to see my dog and pony show have been forced to change their plans.  Sorry Chamber of Commerce, it’s not my fault!





WTF? Author Edits Lincoln

24 01 2011

I enjoy Thomas Lowry’s books.  I think of them as the People magazine of Civil War literature, and not in a bad way.  You can read the books in short bursts, putting them down for a while and returning to them later without losing the “flow” of single narrative works. But this is just too much – via the National Archives Facebook page I learn that Dr. Lowry has admitted to changing the date on a pardon issued by Abraham Lincoln in order to give it more importance than it would otherwise have (though I imagine to the subject of the pardon and his heirs, if any, the importance of said date is secondary).  Here’s the story from a National Archives press release, and here’s a video explaining what happened:

Sure enough, the document is in Basler, on page 298 of Vol. VII, with the correct date.  It’s been there since 1953.  Can this be any more blatant?  And how could it have been missed by NARA and Lincoln scholars for thirteen years?  While Dr. Lowry no doubt deserves the approbation sure to be heaped upon him, there are a lot of other folks who look foolish right about now.

This will of course call into question the accuracy – the honesty – of all Dr. Lowry’s work.

Update – denials from the doctor here.  Thanks to Kevin.





Patrick Clooney of Co. K, 69th NYSM

23 01 2011

Is the man seated on the left Patrick Clooney? Photo from LOC

Brian Downey has posted a biographical sketch of a member of Thomas Francis Meagher’s company of the 69th New York State Militia.  Check it out.





Seminar on the War in 1861 and a Podcast Blog

23 01 2011

Thanks to Craig Swain for bringing this to my attention.  The Appomattox Court House National Historical Site announced that a seminar will be held at Longwood University in Farmville, VA on Saturday, February 26, 2011, The War Begins, 1861.  There are two lectures on First Bull Run that look interesting (I’m not implying that the other lectures are less than interesting by any means).  Here’s the schedule:

Jarman Auditorium at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia.

Schedule

9:00 a.m. Doors Open
9:25 a.m. Introduction by Dr. David Coles, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of History, Political Science, and Philosophy, Longwood University
9:30 a.m. David Ruth, The Nation Crosses the Rubicon: Fort Sumter 1861.
10:30 a.m. John Hennessy, First Manassas: Legends, Lies, and Misunderstandings.
11:30 a.m. Patrick Schroeder, The Fire Zouaves at Bull Run: Heroes or Humbugs?
12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:45 p.m. Jeffery Wert, “‘He Stood out from the Great War Canvas': Jeb Stuart.”
2:45 p.m. Mike Gorman, Richmond Again Taken: Images of the Confederate Capital.

No reservations necessary. Signs will be posted on the Longwood University campus. For directions to the campus go to www.Longwood.edu.

For more information contact Dr. David Coles at 434-395-2220 or Patrick Schroeder at 434-352-8987 ext. 32.

Longwood also has a podcast blog at That a Nation Might Live.  It’s a little confusing – you have to click-through on each post to find a link to the podcast, usually located underneath an illustration.  Check it out.





A List With My Name On It

21 01 2011

OK – Bull Runnings is on another “top” list for Civil War blogs.  I don’t mean to be cavalier about these things, but I’m not sure why I’m on this or any other list – I don’t know the methodologies behind the selections or the motivations of the selectors.  But they have at least taken the time to compile the list, and I should at least take the time to acknowledge it.  There were a few blogs I expected to see on the list and saw,  a few I expected to see and didn’t see, and a few I didn’t expect to see and saw. But check it out – you may be turned on to something you didn’t know about.





The Marine Battalion’s Bull Run Flag

19 01 2011

Friend Craig Swain sent this image of the flag carried by the U. S. Marine Battalion at First Bull Run. 

The flag is in the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, VA.

Per Craig:

The caption under the flag reads:

Civil War Marine Corps Colors.

Maj. John Reynolds’ Marine Battalion reportedly carried this flag at the First Battle of Manassas, 21 July 1861.  The battalion, comprised primarily of raw recruits with three weeks’ service, suffered the same fate as the rest of the Federal army in their defeat by the Confederate Army.

Artifact tag number is 1974.2768.1.

You can view this and other images from Craig’s trip to the museum here.

Read more about the Marines at First Bull Run here, here, here, and here.





Fairfax County’s Sesqui

19 01 2011

The good folks at Farifax County (separated from Prince William County by Bull Run) sent me some info regarding the observance of the Sesquicentennial there.

Just as it is today, Fairfax County, Virginia, was a strategic hub of activity throughout the Capital Region during the Civil War. The County will once again serve as the crossroads to history as the region plays host to myriad of commemorative events and special exhibits marking the Sesquicentennial, or 150th anniversary, of the Civil War beginning in Spring 2011.

Visit Fairfax, the official tourism organization for Fairfax County, Virginia, welcomes the world to stay with us for this momentous occasion. Centrally located in the region and literally on the border of Bull Run and Manassas National Battlefield Park, Fairfax County is the ideal base camp from which you can easily get to historic battlefields and attractions, the majesty of downtown Washington, DC, as well as modern luxuries, like award-winning restaurants, shopping and the Virginia wine country.

We invite you to visit our dedicated Civil War site and follow all our Civil War movements online through Facebook and on Twitter (@fairfaxcivilwar). Also be sure to sign up for our monthly Civil War newsletter that highlights the rich heritage of Fairfax County, VA and the region.

You and your Bull Runnings readers might also be interested in downloading the educational brochure we created. Contact Patrick Lennon (plennon@fxva.com) to order complimentary hard copies of the brochure.

Members of the media may contact either Sarah Maciejewski of Visit Fairfax or Melissa Gold of White+Partners PR for interviews, content or related images (contact information is listed below).

We look forward to commemorating the rich Civil War history of Fairfax County, Virginia, and the surrounding Capital Region with you over the next several years.

Best regards,








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