What To Do? What To Do?

16 12 2012

Notice that Bull Runnings has been very focused on building the Resources section with soldiers’ correspondence. There are several reasons for the concentration. First, the Resources is why the site came about. I use blogging software to do it because it’s simple and so am I. And also because I like the way it develops. Second, I’ve decided to move a lot of the “newsy” or “discussion oriented” items that I used to post here over to Facebook. I found there was a lot of stuff going on here that I felt could be better served there. But I hope you’ve noticed I’ve kept up with the author interviews here, and of course I intend to continue with them here.

But I’ve also used Bull Runnings over the past six(!) years as an outlet for original content. I’ve let things slip in that area, mostly due to time constraints. So, I think in the coming year I’m going to get back to writing about the campaign and its personalities. To start with, I think I’ll serialize some/all/even more of what I’ve uncovered over the years about Peter Conover Haines, the man who “opened the ball” at Bull Run with a shot from his 30 pounder Parrott. You may remember I linked to this video of a Haines program I presented to the Loudoun Civil War Roundtable in 2011. I contacted several folks I know in “the business” about publishing an article presenting his story, but I had trouble hearing their enthusiastic responses over the hum of my air conditioning and an occasional cricket. Ditto for an annotated version of Haines’s 1911 Cosmopolitan Magazine article. So I think I’ll get cracking on both those items – look for them in (hopefully) the first quarter of 2013.

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6 responses

16 12 2012
Chris Evans

Very interesting. I really had no idea about all of this about Haines and his sons.

What a American gothic story! Their lives really need to be made into a movie or miniseries.

Thanks for posting the links.


17 12 2012
Harry Smeltzer

You’re welcome, Chris!

16 12 2012
Bill Kleppel

I appreciate what you’ve done in regard to your Resources Section, as well as all the rest. I’ve recently completed an intensive genealogical research program, and have continued on with other projects. Genealogists are always searching for good archival material, and the Civil War in general is a topic for many questions we try to answer for clients, as well as our own family members. I plan to mention Bull Runnings to my fellow alumni. I’m sure many of them will appreciate your work as much as I have.
Bill Kleppel

17 12 2012
Harry Smeltzer

Thanks, Bill!

17 12 2012
John Foskett

Good stuff, as always. My one regret is that there isn’t a “Second Bull Runnings”, since I have even more interest in that campaign/battle. If you’ve got some spare time on your hands……

17 12 2012
Harry Smeltzer

I wish…

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