A Few Words on Two New Releases

12 06 2018

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I have a backlog of previews to write. Sorry, man, but this is my hobby, not my full time job! Two of these, from Savas Beatie, are The War Outside My Window, Janet Croon, editor, and a set of regimental rosters for the Georgia regiments (7th, 8th, 9th, & 11th) of Anderson’s Brigade, compiled by Richard M. (Rick) Allen. Both are, in my opinion, important books, for different reasons.

I have arranged for interviews with both authors. Plenty can be found on these books regarding their content, so anything I provide in way of preview, beyond these interviews, will be a little extraneous. Follow the links above to learn a little more about them, and keep an eye out for my interviews coming soon (I hope).





Photography Tour Digital “Handouts” 2

7 06 2018

OK, here are the “handouts” for the Centreville portion of our tour on Saturday. You know the drill: print ’em or download ’em and pass them on to anyone without access. Click the line, and see you Saturday!!!

Centreville Packet





Another Galley

6 06 2018

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Just in from Savas Beatie is an unedited advance galley of James Pula’s Under the Crescent Moon with the XI Corps in the Civil War: Volume 2: From Gettysburg to Victory, 1863-1865. This is the second of the two-volume study, the first of which was previewed here. So, you can get the picture if you refer to that post. My main criticism of the first volume was a lack of detailed maps, a staple of Savas Beatie publications. While a skimming of this galley shows some improvement, it’s still not quite up to standards in that regard. The proof will be in the final product, as always.





Photography Tour Digital “Handouts”

6 06 2018

Guide John Cummings has provided a digital package of “handouts” for this Saturday’s tour. It’s a big ‘un. 28 page PDF document. You can either print these out, or download them to a mobile device. These handouts are very important and critical for your tour experience. John promises these documents will assist in upsetting the apple-carts he intends to upset. Click the link.

Manassas photo tour package

This packet is for the battlefield portion of the tour. I may be getting another for the Centreville portion, at which time I’ll post those, too.





Photography Tour Update

1 06 2018

I just received notification that the folks at the Manassas Battlefield Trust have rescheduled their John Hennessy led tour at the park from this coming Saturday to next Saturday, June 9th. The same day as our Photography Tour with John Cummings. From what I gather, the MBT tour is essentially the same as the second half of the Bull Runnings tour from two years ago, also led by Mr. Hennessy, covering the approach of Stonewall Jackson’s brigade to Henry Hill. There should be no overlap, and hopefully parking will not be an issue. So, I look forward to seeing you all at 9 AM next Saturday, June 9. Be sure you find us, the Bull Runnings tour, as both tours are set to meet at the same time, in the same place (MNBP Visitor Center).





UPDATE – Bull Runnings Photography Tour, June 9, 2018

24 05 2018

Very weird – I posted an update on May 9 about our tour coming up on June 9. Now, it’s gone! This has never happened to me in 11 years. (Ooops, I found it in my trash bin, and have restored it. But a reminder was in order anyway.) So, here we go again.  Yes, the tour is still on. Same plan (meet at 9 AM at the Manassas National Battlefield Park visitor center), at which time we’ll follow the plan laid out by guide John Cummings here. Find a reading list here. Indicate your intent to attend here if you’re a Facebooker, or send me a note at the email address in the right hand margin of this page. We have one addition – wet plate photographer Robert Szabo will be joining us in Centreville to discuss the whole Civil War era process, and to take a group photo! If you don’t know of Mr. Szabo, here’s his website, and below is a brief bio:

I have been a photographer for more than 35 years. I started shooting weddings in the 1980s and have been shooting wet plate collodion for 18 years. In April of 2005 one of my wet plate photographs appeared on the cover of National Geographic Magazine to accompany an article on the fight to save Civil War battlefields from modern development. Also in 2005 I worked with the History Channel on the Emmy Award Winning series “10 Days that Changed America”, producing many wet plate images that were used in the show. In August of 2005 I shot the entire 2006 Jack Daniel’s Squires Calendar on location in Lynchburg, Tennessee using the wet plate process. This calendar was sent out to more than 250,000 people worldwide. In 2011 I photographed actor/director Robert Redford for the cover of the April 15, 2011 issue of Parade Magazine.

I have been shooting Production Stills for Film, Television and Corporate shoots for 10 years. I have 19th century photography equipment that can be used for film props and I can replicate any photo process. I can also provide consulting for period films when scripts call for photography and cameras from the 19th century to modern day.

 





Bull Runnings Photography Tour – Reminder and Update

9 05 2018

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As you should know by now, our Photography Tour scheduled for April was postponed due to a bad weather forecast, and rescheduled for June 9. Everything else stays the same, so refer to the earlier posts and the updates on the Facebook event page to refresh your memory. We’ll meet at the Manassas National Battlefield Park Visitor’s Center on Henry Hill at 9:00 AM. If youn haven’t updated your going/interested/no freaking way status, pleas do so so we have some idea of who’s coming.

There is one very welcome addition – John Cummings, our guide for most of the tour, has arranged for renowned wet plate photography guru Robert Szabo to join us and talk a little about Civil War era photography methods. We may even pose for a photo! You can check out Robert’s site here.