Tour Update 3/11/2016

11 03 2016

Right now, I show 80 folks who have indicated they will attend the tour, between those who clicked “going” on the Facebook event page and those who said they are going in the comments section on this blog post. Later, probably this weekend, I will post all the names (and plus ones where applicable) here on the blog. At that time, if you want to attend and don’t find your name, you need to let me know. If you are on the list and no longer intend to go, let me know that, too. I also have a few who left only first names or nicknames – if you could be so kind as to help me out with an ID, that’d be great. I may have a few of you counted twice as a result. Remember, if you want to go you gotta let me know. It’s a free tour, but we need to get some kind of headcount to prepare.





Tour Update 2/4/2016

4 02 2016

Here’s an update from the Facebook Event Page. Just a reminder that it’s the best place to keep abreast of developments with the tour.

This just in from publisher Ted Savas:

“Just a quick note since a couple people have contacted us already for copies of Gottfried’s “The Maps of First Bull Run” atlas.

“We have ONLY 35 left at our SB office. The warehouse is out, and there are no more to be sold.

“If you want a copy with a signed author book plate, let us know fast and we will provide free shipping to you. You can call and get one at 916-941-6896, or email us at sales@savasbeatie.com / or through our website at http://www.savasbeatie.com.”





Tour Update 2/1/2016

1 02 2016

We are working on the itinerary for the tour. Things are shaping up, but I must emphasize the ground rules:

1 – YOU MUST BE WILLING TO CAR POOL. This is essential to logistical success, and we all know amateurs study tactics, while professionals study logistics.

2 – THERE WILL BE MUCH WALKING, over rolling ground. Get ye to the nearest treadmill. You have just under three months to prepare. Dress for the weather. And weather changes, if you haven’t noticed – we can’t control it.

3 – BRING A BAG LUNCH. You won’t have time to scoot out to Bob Evans or Subway, neither of which paid for this product placement. I’ll have bottled water on hand, but can’t promise it will be very cold.

4 – LET ME KNOW THAT YOU ARE COMING. Preferably on the Facebook event page here, by clicking the “Going” button, or the “Interested” button if you’re not sure. If that changes, just change your status to “Not Going.” The Facebook event page is the best place to keep up on what’s going on with the plans, book recommendations, and the like. If you’re still living in the (19)90s, you can continue to express interest in attendance in the comments section to this earlier post.





Facebook Page for Tour

21 01 2016

I’ve set up a Facebook Event for the tour of the battlefield we’re planning for April 23, 2016. I’ll still post updates here, but will also post them on Facebook. If you’re on Facebook, you can indicate your interest in attending there. Here’s the link:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1646476515615466/





Moving Forward With This Tour

12 01 2016
King Painting

“The Capture of Rickett’s Battery” by Sidney King, 1964 (oil on plywood). On display in the Henry Hill Visitor Center at Manassas National Battlefield Park.

I’ve heard from a good number of you who are interested in attending a tour of First Bull Run at Manassas National Battlefield Park. You’ve been leaving comments on the post here, and I want you to continue to do so. That is, don’t leave a comment here, leave a comment here. There are over 20 folks who find the April 23, 2016 date workable, among them some big hitters. This is a great opportunity to tramp the field for the first time, or to revisit it with like minded folks and some experts like John Hennessy. More details will be provided here on the blog as they develop and as the date draws near. If there are any materials to accompany the tour, I’ll make them available here in PDF for downloading beforehand – that will keep the cost at a desirable level (that is, $0). Simplicity is the goal: caravan, no bus; bring your own lunch. Get the picture?

 





Enthusiasm for First Bull Run is, well, UNCURBABLE

19 10 2015

OK, so Larry David’s daughter, Cazzie, may see things differently. But dad seems pretty fired up! Find the hint to the photo’s location at the left background of the photo below (found here):

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I have no idea when this was taken, but maybe some of our friends at the Park can help out?





Research Assignment: Why Were Ricketts and Griffin on Henry Hill?

24 07 2015
"The Capture of Rickett's Battery" by Sidney King, 1964 (oil on plywood). On display in the Henry Hill Visitor Center at Manassas National Battlefield Park.

“The Capture of Rickett’s Battery” by Sidney King, 1964 (oil on plywood). On display in the Henry Hill Visitor Center at Manassas National Battlefield Park.

This will either be fun, or go over like a lead balloon. As you may or may not know, one of the things I find most interesting in researching the First Battle of Bull Run is the fact that contemporary documents do not always support the contentions – statements of fact, even – of historians of the battle. The other day, friend and artillery guy Craig Swain and I were discussing the move of Ricketts’s and Griffin’s batteries from their positions north of the pike to Henry Hill. This move has often been criticized over the years, sometimes even described as a turning point of the battle. But, why exactly did McDowell send his artillery there? What was he thinking? How did he want to uses them, as flying artillery, in place of infantry, as what?

Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to take a look at the evidence. Were written orders issued? What did the actors say about the move later? What have historians said? I’ll even help you out. Below are the reports and testimonies of the four individuals who may or may not have known. Read them over. Look for the why. Check what they presented against what historians have written (you’ll have to use your own resources there.) How have the historians substantiated their assertions? Discuss in the comments section.

BG Irvin McDowell, who issued the order (Reports and Correspondence #1, and #2, and JCCW testimony #1, and #2.)

Maj. W. F. Barry, to whom McDowell issued the order, and who forwarded it to the battery commanders (Report, JCCW testimony)

Capt. Charles Griffin (Report, JCCW testimony)

Capt. James Ricketts (Report, JCCW testimony)