Presenting in Ohio Next Month

20 02 2014

Just a reminder that I’ll be making a presentation to the Central Ohio Civil War Roundtable on March 12. Here’s a summary:

Irvin McDowell’s Plan and Other Bull Run Misconceptions. This program will explore what the presenter feels are popular misconceptions surrounding the First Bull Run campaign, with primary focus on the Union army commander’s intentions up to the early hours of July 21, 1861. We will discuss how we have come to know the story of Bull Run as we know it, various primary sources and secondary accounts of the campaign, treatments by historians and institutions, the general interest (or lack thereof) of Civil War enthusiasts in the details of the campaign, and other related – or even unrelated – topics. As always, the audience will likely play no small role in the content of the program as it progresses.

I’m looking forward to this. It will be the first time I talk about my thoughts on what McDowell really intended when he set out from Washington for Manassas. It’s not what you think. Just gotta figure out how to set it down on paper and slides. You see, this is a very complicated case. You know, a lotta ins, a lotta outs, a lotta what-have-yous. And, uh, a lotta strands to keep in my head, man. Oh man, my thinking about this case has become very uptight. Let’s just hope I can get things straight by then.

Check out the details at the COCWRT website.



4 responses

20 02 2014
Teresa Kemp


Glad I found your site. Wish I could come to your event, Sounds very interesting. Please keep me posted on upcoming events. I come to Ohio about 9 times a year from Atlanta. I have 58 Strother union relatives and 160 Confederates. I do a program on “How to find your civil war ancestors”. I must admit I know more about the southern due to my first CSA documents on my Great grandfather, than the Union more distant relatives. I started collecting documents for my late mother on her grandfather David R. Strother.


20 02 2014
Meg Thompson

I am very excited for this event, and completely support your efforts. I so wish I could be there. McDowell is pretty misunderstood, I think. He deserves another look! GO IT!


23 02 2014
Ron Baumgarten

Any chance you could do a repeat down in this area? I’d sure like to hear your talk. Or maybe you can film it for YouTube? ;)


23 02 2014
Harry Smeltzer


I’m at the point now where I’ll only speak to groups that ask me.


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