Thanks to reader Robert Moore II of Cenantua’s Blog for the numerous contributions he has made to this site over the past few days, while most of us were in turkey induced comas. As a result, I have fixed a couple of inaccuracies in my CSA and CSA Artillery orders of battle (I had conflicting info noted on the OOBs – I try to do that when I’m not sure). Check out the comments to posts here, here, here, and here. Now it’s a question of me getting all this other good stuff incorporated into the site. Thanks Robert for this and all the other help you’ve provided. This type of reader participation is what I had in mind when I started this blog. No blogger is an island.
Lest you think I just take anyone’s “word” for stuff, I do check everything out as much as possible. In the case of the Culpeper/Newtown artillery, Robert is uniquely qualified to render advice because he has authored books on four of the Confederate batteries (including Newtown) present at First Bull Run. These books are part of the Virginia Regimental History Series (VRHS), aka the Howard Series (those thin, gray volumes you see at NPS bookstores). I plan on collecting the volumes for those units present at Bull Run, but individually and new they are not cheap. Anybody want to trade any for OR volumes?
In the course of the flurry of comment exchanges this weekend, I wrote something along the lines of the the following, but it must have gone MIA. Tell me if this is something you’d like to see:
I plan to write regimental biographies, which will work as follows:
- A master page with all regiments listed and linked (one page for USA and one for CSA);
- A page for each regiment with links to the following three posts:
- Companies and commanders, including other names the companies were known as, along with county of origin. Also numbers and losses for 7/21/61;
- A very brief summary of the regiment’s movements on 7/21/61;
- A full biographical sketch based on sources like Dyer, The Union Army, and Crute. This will be easier for USA units than CSA, I think.