Bull Run Sesqui on the Web

25 07 2011

Over the past week or so I’ve been sharing on Facebook and retweeting on Twitter various articles, images, and videos relating to the Battle of Bull Run (Manassas) that have swamped the web as the 150th anniversary of the battle approached and was commemorated. There were a bunch of them. Here are links to a few of the more significant items (I’ll add to this any that pop up afterwards, too). There are some worthy of posting to the resources section, and as I check them out and get any necessary permissions I will do so. Get comfortable, this will take a while. If I missed anything big, let me know!

Update 8/3/2011: I noticed I had fouled up a few of these links. I think they’re fixed now, so check them out again if you couldn’t get through.

Good Battle Stuff

Miscellaneous

Opinion

Sesqui Events

Videos





Too Much Information Running Through My Brain…

22 07 2011

…Too much information, driving me insane.

My apologies to The Police. But the past few days, as demonstrated on Bull Runnings’ Twitter account and Facebook page, have seen an overwhelming amount of information on the battle and the anniversary commemoration. I did my best to keep up.

I will attempt to separate the wheat from the chaff and provide links to some of the more interesting items concerning the history of the battle. Keep an eye out for that.





I Get By With a Little Help

21 07 2011

As noted in this post, John Hennessy of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania NMP is going through his personal Bull Run archives and will be posting tidbits on his revamped blog Remembering: Musings on Fredericksburg and Manassas. I received an email from John the other day in which he offered to pass along things as he finds them – by things I mean material for the Bull Run Resources section of this site. Of course I couldn’t say YES fast enough. I haven’t been doing a very good job this past year or so as far as primary source postings go, but I hope to correct that going forward – I have lots and lots of stuff to put up. So later today I’ll start with a civilian account of Bull Run that John sent along with his kind offer.





Virtual Tour of Cannons at Bull Run

20 07 2011

Craig Swain has this very cool bit giving a virtual tour of the critical gun positions at Bull Run. Check it out!





Thornberry Kids

18 07 2011

John Hennessy has this great post up at Remembering: Musings on Fredericksburg and Manassas, in which he dissects this famous image of Sudley Springs Ford in March, 1862. See other photos from this collection here.

With the anniversary fast approaching, there are lots of blog posts and newspaper articles popping up every day that concern First Bull Run. I don’t announce them all here, but I do try to keep up with them on Facebook and Twitter. Use the links I’ve embedded in their names to follow Bull Runnings there and keep up with the latest Bull Run news.

I’m still getting inquiries regarding whether or not I will be at the ceremonies and events at the battlefield this week. I have no official role there. I may head down that way on Thursday or over the weekend just to check out what’s going on, but I’m not sure just yet. If you go, please be sure to take lots of water and drink it regularly, before you get thirsty. The plains of Manassas is a very hot place indeed in the summer. I mean, really, really hot. If you see me there, please say hello.





Incident at Vienna

17 06 2011

Today is the 150th anniversary of a little incident at Vienna, VA involving a trainload of Union soldiers and a dastardly “masked” Confederate artillery battery. The incident, to some minds, had an impact on how McDowell’s army would move through Northern Virginia a few weeks later – I’m not so convinced that it did.

Ron Baumgarten at Not All So Quiet Along the Potomac wrote some nice posts on Vienna recently, and you can read them here.

And Craig Swain of To the Sound of the Guns has a cool photo essay of the now rails-to-trails site of the action here.





Cool Bull Run Stuff on the Web

17 06 2011

A few links I ran across thanks to Facebook friends and others:

Go here for an overview of the battle and a cool animated map courtesy of The Civil War Trust.

Also from The Civil War Trust, John Hennessy talks about Jackson at Bull Run here. For more, see John’s article on the topic here.

And read this interesting bit on Matthew Brady at Bull Run from The Atlantic here.





Civil War Legacy Project – Fairfax County

13 06 2011

The good folks at Visit Fairfax have passed along the following info regarding the Civil War Legacy Project:

Civil War 150 Legacy Project Comes to Fairfax County
Statewide Initiative Strives to Digitize Civil War Era Documents Still in Private Hands
During Fairfax Appointments on June 24th & 25th

Fairfax County, VA – June 13, 2011 – Attention all Civil War-era document holders! If you or your family has manuscript materials created between 1859-1867 that reflect social, political, military, business and religious life in Virginia during the Civil War and early Reconstruction, the Library of Virginia and the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission (aka, “the Commission”) needs your help.

The two have partnered for the Civil War 150 Legacy Project: Document Digitization and Access, which is holding its first event in Fairfax at the City of Fairfax Regional Library (10360 North Street, Fairfax) on June 24th and 25th.

The statewide Legacy Project is a multi-year initiative in search of documents still held by private owners with the goal of creating an online collection of rare Civil War documents and materials to share with the world. Citizens are encouraged to bring original, family heirloom documents and materials to events around the state for scanning and inclusion in the Project’s collection.

Civil War 150 Legacy Project staff members will be on site at the City of Fairfax Regional Library from 10 AM through 6 PM on Friday, and 10 AM to 5 PM on Saturday to scan materials. Appointments are required, although a limited number of walk-ins will be accommodated, as the schedule allows. The duration of appointments depend on the type and quantity of materials, and can range from 5 to 45 minutes per item.

Scanned materials from the Project will be made available online via the Library of Virginia website (www.lva.virginia.gov), as well as the Commission’s website (www.virginiacivilwar.org).

Please contact Linda Gifford at 703-324-8324 or email her at Linda.Gifford@fairfaxcounty.gov to schedule an appointment.

This event is co-sponsored by the Fairfax County and City of Fairfax Sesquicentennial Committees. For more information on the Sesquicentennial commemoration events and special offerings in Fairfax County and Virginia, respectively, please visit www.fxva.com/150 or www.virginiacivilwar.org.

Media contact for Visit Fairfax Civil War related questions or inquiries:

Patrick Lennon, Destination Marketing Manager, Visit Fairfax
Ph: (703) 752-9504; plennon@fxva.com

Melissa Gold, White+Partners PR for Visit Fairfax
Ph: (703) 599-1643; melissag@whiteandpartnerspr.com





Gettysburg NPS Blog on WordPress

2 06 2011

Thanks to the good folks at Mysteries and Conundrums for passing along the news that the Gettysburg NMP blog has moved to WordPress, ditching the woefully inadequate NPS platform.  Check it out here.





Gettysburg NMP Blog

15 04 2011

The good folks at the NPS at Gettysburg have started a blog, and you can find it here.

There appear to be few frills and no feed (I keep track of what’s going on in the sphere with my Google feed reader). I’m really not sure why they opted for this format when the good folks at Fredericksburg have blazed such a clear path, but it’s just starting out so maybe things will evolve.








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