Back From the Vale

25 05 2011

Last Thursday evening I presented The First Gun at Bull Run, a program on Peter Conover Hains, to the good folks at the Rufus Barringer Civil War Roundtable in Pinehurst, NC. This was the first of three presentations I’ll be giving through Julne 14, and it went off pretty well. There were some paper rustling moments I wasn’t real happy with, but hopefully I can rearrange my outline to avoid a repeat in DC on June 6.

Thanks to host Teej Smith for the wonderful hospitality shown on Thursday and Friday – perfect walkin’ ’round weather for Chapel Hill. Also thanks to RBCWRT president Frank Jones and everyone at the meeting for a fine event.





Ellsworth Artifacts on Display

23 05 2011

NY State Military Museum highlights artifacts of 1st Union officer killed in Civil War. Check it out here.





City to Focus on Pieces of War at Camp Manassas

23 05 2011

Check it out here.





Yakkin’ in the the Vale of Humility

18 05 2011

Tomorrow evening, May 19, I’ll be presenting a program to the good people of the Rufus Barringer Civil War Roundtable in Pinehurst, NC. My talk, which I’ll be giving two more times in June, is on Peter Connover Hains, who “opened the ball” at First Bull Run with a shot from his 30-pdr Parrott rifle, Long Tom. I’ll discuss Hains’s long and distinguished army career, aspects of his interesting personal life, and the memoir of First Bull Run he wrote on the golden anniversary of the battle.

This is my second trip to this roundtable – they’re a great bunch and I’m looking forward to seeing them and good friend Teej Smith again. Be sure to stop by if you’re in the area.





Memorial Day at Bennett Place

6 05 2011

Bennett Place, Durham, NC

I received the following from John Guss, the site manager at Bennett Place State Historic Site in Durham, NC:

This month we remember the American soldier with a special living history program at Bennett Place in Durham. We will have American soldiers/living historians from various time periods in American history, The American Revolution, American Civil War, Spanish-American War, WWII, and others.

Please join us as we honor the American soldier Saturday, May 28th, 10 am – 4 pm.

Thank you for supporting North Carolina State Historic Sites and our United States Military.

I wrote about Bennett Place in my Collateral Damage column for America’s Civil War a couple of issues ago, and I couldn’t have done it without John and my friend Teej. If you’re in that area, be sure to stop by.

See the event poster here.





Lottery for Bull Run 150th Event

19 04 2011

Friend Craig Swain hipped me to this announcement of a lottery for tickets to the shindig.

A limited number of tickets for the July 21 Manassas 150th Commemorative Ceremony will be made available through a lottery.

The morning ceremony near the Manassas National Battlefield Park visitor center on Henry Hill will feature a keynote address by Dr. Ed Ayers and music by the U.S. Marine Corps Band. Only those with tickets will have access to the Henry Hill area of the battlefield during the event. The area is expected to re-open to visitors at noon.

Four thousand tickets to the special ceremony will be distributed through an online lottery. Applications will be accepted from 10 am April 27 through 10 pm May 4. Winners will be notified by email on May 9.

For more information on the event and the ticket lottery: www.virginiacivilwar.org/manassas.php

As of now, I have no plans to attend – but it sounds like fun.





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 (www.usahec.org) &  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 CARL_CIVILWARCONF@conus.army.mil (underscore between “CARL” and “CIVIL”).








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