There’s an interesting series of opinion pieces over at the Washington Post’s House Divided site in which historians of various stripes expound on how they feel the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War should be observed. I’m linking here to this article by Mike Musick, who has been a friend to Bull Runnings. Links to the thoughts of other contributors can be found at the bottom of each article (I’d post each link, but it’s late and I’m tired). I’m making my way through them and am finding a mixed bag, both in variety and quality. One writer made the unusual declaration that any reenactments “must” include both black and white soldiers, while stressing that the “true histories” also “must” be presented. Hmm…I’m trying to imagine how a First Bull Run reenactment could pull those two things off.
Here’s a list of contributors: