The Civil War in 3D

19 04 2011

I received an email yesterday from author Patrick Brennan (he wrote a great book about the Battle of Secessionville, among other things) about a project he’s been working on.

3net, the joint venture 24/7 3D network from Sony, Discovery and IMAX have begun principal photography on the world’s first native 3D War Documentary, it was announced today by Tom Cosgrove, President & CEO of 3netTHE CIVIL WAR 3D [a working title], the most ambitious 3D series ever produced for television, will transport viewers back in time, retelling the war’s most pivotal moments both on and off the battlefields from the unique perspective of both sides in the historic conflict.  The four-hour miniseries is scheduled to debut on the network in Fall 2011.

 Go here for more info. Just something else to look forward to.

Preview: Lockwood & Lockwood, “The Siege of Washington”

18 04 2011

OK, from the title most of you probably assume that The Siege of Washington: The Untold Story of the Twelve Days that Shook the Union is yet another book about Jubal Early’s 1864 raid. Well, guess what?

It’s not.

It’s “the heart-pounding account of the twelve days from April 14, 1861, when an isolated Washington was threatened with a Southern assault – a time which, according to Abraham Lincoln, the ‘capital was put into the condition of a siege’ as the fate of the Union hung in the balance.”

Inside, Winfield Scott, Charles Stone, The Pennsylvania “First Defenders”, the 6th & 8th Massachusetts Infantry, the 7th New York Militia, the Treasury Guards and Jim Lane’s Frontier Guard get their due for defending the nation’s capital in the days following Ft. Sumter. It’s written from the perspective of soldiers, civilians and government officials, and draws on – well, there’s no bibliography (What the…?), but the notes reference a number of familiar published sources as well as newspapers and unpublished manuscript collections.

CWT Video Blog – Arlington House

18 04 2011

Civil War Times editor Dana Shoaf at Arlington House:

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.

USAHEC CW Photography Conference

14 04 2011

I received the following today from Gus Keilers, Digital Archivist at the U. S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC

In conjunction with the Civil War sesquicentennial, The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center ( &  Army Heritage Center Foundation presents their Civil War Photography Conference, Understanding War through Imagery: The Civil War in American Memory June 25-26, 2011.  We invite you to join us for this conference focused on the events of the Civil War, early photography and photographic techniques and related historical and research resources.  The USAHEC offers a unique setting that promotes interaction between speakers and attendees, scholars and enthusiasts.  This year’s speakers include both established and new scholars, who will be discussing a wide range of topics surrounding the Civil War and photography.

Please find conference brochure and schedule, speaker list and registration information at: Understanding War through Imagery Brochure.

Register by May 15 and save $10.

Recent additions to our digitized photographs include the Massachusetts MOLLUS Photograph Collection. Please see our online catalog USAHEC Online Catalog (a quick link to the Mass-MOLLUS Collection is on the lower right.) Our holdings cover a wide range of US Army resources, including books, photographs, and manuscripts.

Please email questions, inquiries and/or responses to (underscore between “CARL” and “CIVIL”).

Preview: Penguin Books “Lincoln on the Civil War”

14 04 2011

Penguin Books has published a new pocket hardcover, Lincoln on the Civil War: Selected Speeches. It’s a compact, handy, non-annotated collection, selected from Penguin’s own The Portable Abraham Lincoln, and includes the following, essential Lincoln speeches:

  • Address to the Young Men’s Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois (1838)
  • “House Divided” Speech at Springfield, Illinois (1858)
  • Address at Cooper Institute, New York, New York (1860)
  • Speech at Independence Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1861)
  • First Inaugural Address, Washington, D. C. (1861)
  • Emancipation Proclamation, Washington, D. C. (1863)
  • The Gettysburg Address, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (1863)
  • Second Inaugural Address, Washington, D. C. (1865)
  • Speech on Reconstruction, Washington, D. C. (1865)

Look at this as the AL equivalent of a pocket Constitution, which you can pull out when someone spouts off that “Lincoln said…” Kind of like your own little Marshall McLuhan.

Novels, We Get Novels!

13 04 2011

I received a couple of Civil War novels in the mail recently. Both were written by descendants of Civil War soldiers, and both relied on their ancestors’ writings to varying extents in producing their works of historical fiction.

The Spur and the Sash is a story of author Robert Grede’s great-great-grandfather George Van Norman, a Union soldier who, while recuperating from a wound received at Nashville, falls in love with the daughter of a plantation owner. As he courts her, he also has to deal with the changing structure of Southern society in the wake of the ending of the war: carpetbaggers, former slaves, deserters, and low-lifes.


Husband and wife team David Stinebeck and Scannell Gill have written a fictionalized account of George Thomas in A Civil General. It’s told through the eyes of a colonel who became a close friend of the General, and draws on the writings of Stinebeck’s own great-grandfather, who served under Thomas.