A Public Appearance

25 09 2010

Don’t miss it!  I will be speaking to  – and hopefully with – the good folks of the Loudoun Valley Civil War Roundtable in Leesburg, VA on June 14, 2011.  This will be a program on the twisted tale of Peter Conover Hains, who fired the opening salvo of the First Battle of Bull Run with his 30-pdr Parrott gun, “Long Tom”.  This is my second confirmed speaking gig for next year.  I have two others which I’m pretty sure are go, one at the end of June and one at the end of September.  I don’t know if any more are in the offing, but I’ll keep the Book Me, Danno page updated for my fans, both of you.



2 responses

28 10 2010
David Edward Wall

Hello. I am fascinated by this site, even if your main interest is eastern theater.
I have just finished a book (that feels good to say) “Always in the Middle of the Battle” and appreciate your interest. Are there any tips you can give me concerning speaking engagements. Public speaking is not new to me, it has just been a while, ie; now to get them, length of presentation, which of the five battles to emphasise (Grants western theater plus Atlanta, which is my favorite).
Thank you in advance.

Your’s from California, David

PS I know that I am removed from the hot beds of CW sights and interest.


29 10 2010
Harry Smeltzer

David – if I knew the secret to getting gigs, I’d be using it myself. I really don’t receive many requests to speak, though I really enjoy it and am happy whenever anyone is interested enough in what I do to ask me to drop by and address their group.

In general, it seems most groups want you to keep your presentaiton to around 45 minutes to an hour. As for subject matter, you gotta go with what interests you the most, and within that tailor it to the group you’re addressing (if possible).

My “main” interest here is First Bull Run, but any theater is open for discussion.


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