Tour Update 3/13/2016 Part 2

13 03 2016

OK folks, I have to cut this off now. We have over 80 people who have said they are coming on the tour. Remember this is a caravan tour, and we must carpool. If you have a van, great! If you have a two-seater, not so great (that includes pickup trucks with no back seat). Clean your vehicles out! Oh, and if you think when I say you must car pool that I don’t mean you, I do mean you. Especially you!

Here’s an updated list. If you are on this list and your plans change, let me know so I can take you off. If you’re on this list twice, let me know so I can correct it – you’re taking up two spots. (I have taken anyone who failed to give me a first and last name off the list.) Remember to check back often – any handouts will be posted here for downloading. We won’t be passing them out at the tour, you need to bring them. All part of a free event. Here’s an updated list:

1 Anderson, James
2 Anderson, Roy
3 Backus, Page Gibbons
4 Banks, John
5 Baumgarten, Ron
6 Bednarek, Kat Zalewski
7 Bellefeuille, Scott
8 Biggs, Jeff
9 Booker, Bob
10 Brace, Kim
11 Brand, Gary
12 Burden, Jeffry
13 Carson, Dan
14 Ciasullo, Ron
15 Conroy, Dianne Fox
16 Cummings, John
17 Cunard, Jan Hyland
18 Dennis, James
20 Dittoe, Tom + 1
21 Errett, Paul
22 Fuller, John
23 Franklin, Albert
24 Gottert, Mike
25 Gottfried, Linda
27 Greer, Jackie + 1
28 Greevy, Jay
29 Gueverra, Mark
30 Hall, Clark B.
31 Harper, Joseph
32 Hennessy, John
33 Hamann, Carlos
34 Herring, Rod
35 Johnson, Brad
37 Kaptek, Rob + 1
38 Kathman, Debra
39 Keating, Stephen
40 Kenepp, D. Scott
41 Killian, Aaron
42 Lafleur, Joe
43 Langbart, David
44 Laudenslager, Sam
46 Leckenby, Dawn + 1
47 Leupold, Tom
48 Lewis, Richard
49 Liebler, Shelly
50 Massey, Jeff
51 McGregor, Douglas
52 McLean, Jim
53 Mcmorrow, Myles
54 Miller, Bruce
55 Mitchell, Brian
56 Mitchell, Celia
57 Morgan, Jim
58 Morton, Patrick
59 Mueller, Benjamin
60 Mueller, Jullian
61 Musick, Mike
62 Nank, Thomas
63 Oakes, Douglas A
64 O’Neil, Keith
65 Orrison, Rob
66 Pawlak, Kevin
67 Pellegrini, Mike
68 Peterson, Ana
69 Peterson, Anne
70 Peterson, Char
71 Peterson, Doug
72 Peterson, Kyle
73 Phillips, Rick
74 Reilly, Steve
75 Rich, Patricia Petersen
76 Rosebrock, Jams
77 Russell, Bill
78 Sagle, William
79 Smeltzer, Harry
80 Smith, Teej
81 Stinchcomb, Earl
82 Swain, Craig
83 Taylor, Paul
84 Tinnon-Massey, Norma
85 Weihs, Kelly
86 Wichtendahl, Kyle Francis
87 Williams, Jim

Tour Update 3/13/2016 – Attendee List

13 03 2016

Below is a list of everyone who has notified me that they are definitely intending to attend the tour on April 23rd. Check the list over. If you are one of the folks who identified themselves with only one name or a nickname, please clarify in the comments section below (here, on the blog). If you thought you had indicated your intent to attend but don’t see your name, again, let me know here in the comments. If you have someone who you intend to bring along, or if the number of folks I have down for you is wrong, let me know here in the comments. At some point SOON we have to cut this off (because this is a caravan tour), so make your decision post haste. Do NOT leave your name on this list if you’re just thinking you might go. If you plan to go and are not on the list, either leave a comment below or click the “going” link on the Facebook event page. Thanks for the great response!

1 Anderson, Roy
2 Backus, Page Gibbons
3 Baumgarten, Ron
4 Bellefeuille, Scott
5 Biggs, Jeff
6 Booker, Bob
7 Brace, Kim
8 Brand, Gary
9 Burden, Jeffry
10 Carson, Dan
11 Conroy, Dianne Fox
12 Cummings, John
13 Cunard, Jan Hyland
14 Dennis, James
16 Dittoe, Tom +1
17 Errett, Paul
18 Franklin, Albert
19 Gottfried, Linda
21 Greer, Jackie +1
22 Greevy, Jay
23 Hall, Clark B.
24 Harper, Joseph
25 Hennessy, John
26 Hamann, Carlos
27 Herring, Rod
28 isw7 (only name given)
30 Jackie (only name given) +1
31 Jeff (only name given)
32 Johnson, Brad
33 Jones, Connie
34 Kathman, Debra
35 Keating, Stephen
36 Keith (only name given)
37 Kenepp, D. Scott
38 Killian, Aaron
39 Lafleur, Joe
40 Langbart, David
41 Laudenslager, Sam
43 Leckenby, Dawn +1
44 Liebler, Shelly
45 Massey, Jeff
46 McGregor, Douglas
47 McLean, Jim
48 Mcmorrow, Myles
49 Miller, Bruce
50 Morgan, Jim
51 Mueller, Benjamin
52 Mueller, Jullian
53 Musick, Mike
54 Nank, Thomas
55 Oakes, Douglas A
56 O’Neil, Keith
57 Orrison, Rob
58 Pawlak, Kevin
59 Pellegrini, Mike
60 Peterson, Ana
61 Peterson, Anne
62 Peterson, Char
63 Peterson, Doug
64 Peterson, Kyle
65 Phillips, Rick
66 Phillips, Rick
67 Radke, Bob
68 Reilly, Steve
69 Rich, Patricia Petersen
70 roneillmt (only name given)
71 Rosebrock, Jams
72 Russell, Bill
73 Sagle, William
74 Smeltzer, Harry
75 Smith, Teej
76 Stinchcomb, Earl
77 Swain, Craig
78 Taylor, Paul
79 Tinnon-Massey, Norma
80 Weihs, Kelly
81 Wichtendahl, Kyle Francis

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 / or through our website at”

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:

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?