Inside this issue:
Inside cover – a picture of John David Hoptak’s great big giant head.
- Praise and criticism of Kim O’Connell’s photo-essay of monuments at Gettysburg in the June 2011 issue.
- Praise and criticism of Gary Gallagher’s article on James Longstreet in the June 2011 issue.
- A little more artillery info provided by Craig Swain and prompted by David Schneider’s article on “Lee’s Armored Car” in the February 2011 issue.
Blue & Gray
- Gary Gallagher asks, Did the Fall of Vicksburg Really Matter?
Your host discusses the stories behind the homes of two Pemelias - Higgerson and Chewning - on the Wilderness Battlefield. Thanks again to Noel Harrison of F&SNMP and author Josef Rokus for all their help.
- The staff show us the Civil War sites of Frederick, MD.
- Repeat Lincoln impersonator Sam Watterson (I like to think of him as Michael Moriarty’s fill-in on Law & Order).
Letter from the Editor
- Editor Dana Shoaf says let’s refer to the observance of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War as something other than a celebration. Commemoration sounds good to me.
- The Winter that Made the Texas Brigade - Susannah Ural and Rick Eiserman on Hood’s Brigade and the winter of 1861-62.
- Yankee Super Gun – Craig Swain wonders if the big guns of the 1st CT Heavy Artillery could have ended Pickett’s Charge before it began.
- The Boy Brigadier – Iconoclast William Marvel challenges the long recognized answer to a favorite Civil War trivia question – Who was the youngest general of the war?
- WWII Comes to Gettysburg – Jennifer Murray on the ‘Burg in the Big One.
- “The South Was My Country” - Douglas Gibboney gives us a glimps of John Singleton Mosby’s life after the war.
- Film – The Conspirator - Harold Holzer points out flaws and gives warning
- Ural on URLs features the NPS site for Manassas National Battlefield Park
- The Union War, Gary Gallagher
- A Glorious Army: Robert E. Lee’s Triumph, 1862-1863, Jeffry D. Wert (see interview here)
- The Battle of South Mountain, John David Hoptak
- The notorious “Bull” Nelson: Murdered Civil War General, Donald A. Clark
- The Civil War in Mississippi: Major Campaigns and Battles, John Ballard