For those many, many fans of Bull Runnings who just have to know what’s going on in the exciting, fun-filled life of its host, I have a couple of things going on right now. The most immediate is the completion of the next installment of Collateral Damage for Civil War Times. This will feature a home on a Western Theater farm, though it’s not really on a battlefield and it’s on the Eastern seaboard. I checked the CWT website but don’t see that they’ve ever put one of these articles online. If they ever do, I’ll let you know. And yes, I will be putting up all the photos I took of the Roulette Farm, my subject of the current issue of the magazine, in the near future.
You may have noticed that I have a speaking date coming up at the Rufus Barringer Civil War Roundtable in Pinehurst, NC in 2011. After much deliberation, I’ve decided to make a presentation on Peter Conover Hains, the young artillery lieutenant who opened the ball for the Union at Bull Run with a shot from his 30 pdr Parrott, Long Tom. I’ve been fascinated with his story for a long time, but haven’t really buckled down on it. Of course I’ll share the fruits with you all here, when the time is right.
Other than the above mentioned date, I really don’t have any firm commitments to speak in 2011, or the rest of 2010 for that matter. A couple of roundtables have expressed some interest, but I haven’t nailed anything down for sure. I’m pretty sure I’ll be leading at least on bus tour on the battlefield, but even that isn’t official yet. Keep in mind that I have incredibly high standards: I pretty much won’t speak to any group unless they say Hey, would you like to speak to our group?
If your group is interested in a Bull Run related program – or one on any of the other Civil War topics I’ve written on here or elsewhere – you can contact me at the email address in the right hand column.
Last, the Facebook fan page is doing well – Bull Runnings has 136 “likers” as of this morning. If you want to follow on Facebook, you can use the link in the right hand column.