Letter From 2nd Wisconsin, Co. B.

11 04 2011

Here’s a letter describing the battle from a member of the LaCrosse Light Guards, Company B of the 2nd Wisconsin. I don’t have enough detail to include it in the Resources section yet.

Here’s the intro from the LaCrosse (Wisc) Tribune:

Corp. William H. Collins enlisted in the La Crosse Light Guard on April 18, 1861, and served with Co. B until he was discharged as disabled in May 1962. Collins, who later returned to La Crosse and opened a Pearl Street jewelry store, described the battle of Bull Run in a letter to his wife dated July 23, 1861, and reprinted in a 1930 edition of the La Crosse Tribune and Leader-Press.

 See the letter here.





Prince William County and the African-American Civil War Experience

10 04 2011

Prince William County will present programs on the African-Americans in the Civil War as part of their sesquicentennial schedule. Check it out here. Hat tip to Craig Swain. See PWC’s main sesqui page here.





Civil War Programs on National Geographic Channel

8 04 2011

I received an email from National Geographic with links to overviews and video previews of several Civil War programs they have scheduled. Check ‘em out.

Civil Warriors – 3 hours beginning at 8 PM on April 11.

And on April 12 at 9 PM, The Conspirator





Civil War Interactive Writer’s Contest

8 04 2011

Civil War Interactive is having a writer’s contest. Details here.





Hallowed Ground Spring 2011

6 04 2011

Various magazines are out which include good stuff on First Bull Run. In fact, I’ll wager that more Bull Run material will be published in periodicals this year than have been published in the last 50 years. So with no further ado, lets start with Hallowed Ground, the quarterly publication of the Civil War Trust.

And on page 25, you’ll find an interview with the host of Bull Runnings. That alone is worth the price of membership! There’s other good stuff in here, too. This issue of Hallowed Ground is a must have for your Bull Run collection.





New Stuff on Louisiana at Bull Run Coming…

3 04 2011

Back on March 26 I received an email from reader Griff Bartlett. He had a letter from his great-grandfather, a member of the Washington Artillery at Bull Run, to his brother-in-law. The letter describes the fighting at Blackburn’s Ford on July 18, and was printed in the New Orleans Sunday Delta on July 28, 1861,

Mr. Bartlett included his source for the letter, two typewritten pages numbered 52 & 53. I wanted to at least get the publication info on the book to include in my citation for the letter. Griff wrote back that the images were all he had, and that he had acquired them from the library at the Jackson Barracks in Louisiana. So I checked into things on the internet and found a phone number. After a couple calls I was put in touch with Richard Holloway, archivist for the Louisiana National Guard at Camp Beauregard in Pineville, Louisiana. I described the images to him (and later forwarded them) and he immediately recognized them as part of a set of Works Progress Administration (WPA) volumes that collected and transcribed LA newspaper accounts of LA military units and events from the 1700s up to the 1920s.

So far Mr. Holloway has sent me 30 pages of Bull Run related items from one of the volumes. He has yet to locate the volume containing the two pages provided by Mr. Bartlett, but there was some damage to the library collection as a result of Hurricane Katrina and the volume may have been temporarily misplaced (the collection did undergo extensive preservation and restoration efforts). Mr. Holloway has indicated that there is plenty more where these 30 pages came from.

The long and short of it: this is a great news for Bull Runnings. I’ll have plenty of Louisiana primary accounts to put into the Bull Run Resources section of this site, thanks to Mr. Bartlett and Mr. Holloway.








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