New Page: Campaign Weather

8 10 2011

I’ve added a new page to the Bull Run Resources, Campaign Weather. It’s just an image I created from an Excel spreadsheet I made from R. K. Krick’s Civil War Weather in Virginia, but should answer most campaign weather related questions.





New Tag Line

1 09 2011

“Dulce Bellum Inexpertis” has been Bull Runnings’ tag line for four years now – you can find it at the top of the column over to the right. Basically it means “War is delightful to those who have never experienced it.” I explain why I use it in more detail here.

You’ll notice a new quote below it that I just posted today. It is the close to this letter printed in a Charleston paper in August 1861 and attributed to a Chaplain W. L. I. of Hampton’s Legion. The author’s identity is problematic: no one with those initials appears on any roster of the Legion (UPDATE: Reader Dave D points out that “W. L. I. ” probably stands for “Washington Light Infantry.” Doh!). But it’s a good letter nonetheless, and the quote captures the essence of what I’m trying to do here in the Resources section.

“I am sending you these little incidents as I hear them well authenticated. They form, to the friends of the parties, part of the history of the glorious 21st. More anon.”





New Page: Welcome!

14 01 2011

Willkommen!

There’s been a noticeable spike in readership here the past couple of months, and it’s not a spike that I can attribute to any one particular anomaly as has happened in the past.  I suspect it has something to do with the sesquicentennial and the accompanying interest in events that occurred in the first year of the war.  So, for the benefit of visitors who may be coming to Bull Runnings for the first time, I’ve added a new page to the masthead above, Welcome!, explaining what we’re all about.  Check it out.





Four Years Blogging

2 11 2010

Bull Running’s first post was made this day in 2006.  Titled Patience, it asked everyone for a little time to get things up and running, explaining that the project was a work in progress.  That still applies, by the way.

I won’t belabor my stats.  They are up considerably from the prior 12 month period.  A lot of that increase was due to a strange occurrence regarding my son’s essay An 11-Year-Old on Abraham Lincoln.  The photo that accompanied that post was for two months the number one Google image search result for Abraham Lincoln!  Therefore I had about a 150% increase in viewership over that period, and my son’s post is now the number one most viewed page all time on this site.  Exclusive of that, it looks like I’m up about 10%.

This blog has been a really wonderful thing for me.  In addition to the outlet it provides, I believe my professional writing opportunities are a direct result of Bull Runnings; my four speaking engagements coming up in 2011 wouldn’t have happened without it; I’ve had the opportunity to virtually meet some fine folks via the comments feature, emails, and the general Civil War blogging “community”; I continue to learn more about First Bull Run in particular and the Civil War in general; and I think my writing is getting more better gooder.

So thanks for stopping by to see what I have to say.  With any luck next year will see me get back on track posting to the resources section of the site.  I hope you’ll stick with me for year #5!





Thinking About a New Theme

11 08 2010

No, not a theme on why I deserve an Official Red Ryder 200 Shot Carbine Action Range Model Air Rifle with a Compass in the Stock and this Thing which Tells Time for Christmas (and for which Miss Shields would certainly have awarded me an A++++).  I’m talking about a new theme for this blog – that is, the template that makes this page appear as it does.  Unlike most blogs of similar vintage, in nearly four years I’ve only had two themes for Bull Runnings.  But at the suggestions of WordPress.com and fellow blogger Craig Swain, I’m considering a switch.  The Coraline theme offers some pretty cool options,  In fact, it looks a lot like my current theme (Freshy), but it’s more flexible with regards to colors and widgets (those little items that appear in the right hand column of this page) and other blogger-geek things.  If any of you have seen this theme in use or used it yourself, I’d love to hear from you.  And while we’re at it, if you have any recommendations for this blog regarding appearance or navigation, let me hear them.





Space Age Blog Post

5 07 2010

I received a notification from WordPress the other day about a new feature:

It’s happened to all of us. The night starts off innocently enough with a little gin and tonic, maybe a mojito, then next thing you know you’re doing tequila shots with the bartender and the girl from Brazil and you find yourself thinking it would be a treMENdous idea to call up your ex and see how they’re doing and perhaps impress them with your newfound wit.

We’ve got the cure. Now, instead of drunk dialing random friends, lovers, and acquaintances one at a time, what if you could dial your blog and talk to the whole world at once? It’d be like something out of Star Trek.

The future is now, folks. You can now go to your My Blogs tab, enable Post by Voice, and get a special number and code to call your blog. After you’re done, the audio file from your phone call will be posted to your blog for all to listen to and enjoy. (And added to your RSS feed for podcast support.)

I’m trying to figure out the implications for Bull Runnings.  Any thoughts?

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A Big Pile of…Papers

2 09 2009

As described here, about a month ago my friend Dave Powell forwarded to me a big binder full of Bull Run material that was part of a purchase he made from Brent Nosworthy, author of Roll Call to Destiny.  Brent was looking to downsize his files, passed the word along to a discussion group to which we both belong, and Dave decided to take a little risk and make the buy.  Beforehand, he and I worked it out that I would purchase the Bull Run material from Dave, and that’s what we did.  So for the past month or more, this binder that is literally overflowing with stuff has been sitting in my family room.  It’s not organized in any way that makes sense to me, though it probably makes plenty of sense to Mr. Nosworthy.  I’ve been afraid to attempt to organize it, overwhelmed a bit by the volume.  I just now poked my head in the binder: there are photocopies of unpublished, handwritten letters, published memoirs and regimental histories, at least one dissertation, and dozens of newspaper articles.  There’s a long collection of typewritten letters from what appears to be members of Hampton’s Legion, but it starts in the middle of a paragraph and I’m not sure from where it originates.  The long and short of it is that this is a big job, but once I get it done I’ll have lots of stuff to put in the resources section.  Just be patient – work has picked up, which is a good thing for my bank and bills, but not so good for time to spend on Bull Runnings.








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