- Wilderness battlefield preservation victory
- The Lowry controversy
- Budget woes affect sesqui efforts
- Monitor restoration
- Georgia Dept of Agriculture removes controversial murals
- Daniel Weinberg of the Abraham Lincoln Bookshop
- Harold Holzer discusses historical honesty
- Ron Soodalter points out some surprising lyrics in state songs that are unchanged to this day
- Jackson, Johnston and Conflicting Interests – Dennis Frye: differing opinions on holding Harper’s Ferry in 1861
- Looking for a Few Good Men: recruiting poster photo essay
- An Omen a Philippi – Gerald Swick: early fight in Western Virginia, with an interesting sidebar on James Hanger, an amputee whose prosthetic manufacturing company lives on today
- The Common Soldier’s Recipe for Disaster: photo essay on the culinary delights of the Civil War
- Diary of a Morgan Raider – John M. Porter: in fact, a memoir. Extract form One of Morgan’s Men, Kent Masterson Brown, ed.
- My Thoughts Be Bloody: The Bitter Rivalry Between Edwin and John Wilkes Booth That Led to an American Tragedy – Nora Titone
- God’s Almost Chosen People: A Religious History of the American Civil War – George Rable
- Faith, Valor, and Devotion: The Civil War Letters of William Porcher DuBose – W. Eric Emerson & Karen Stokes, eds.
- A Young Virginia Boatman Navigates the Civil War: The Journals of George Randolph Wood – Will Molineux, ed.
- Santa Fe Trail (Film)
- Harry’s Just Wild About
- John Bell Hood and the Fight for Civil War Memory – Brian Craig Miller
- The Civil War: The First Year Told by Those Who Lived It – Brooks Simpson, Stephen Sears, Aaron Sheehan-Dean, eds.
- Caught Between Three Fires: Cass County, MO, Chaos, & Order No. 11, 1860-1865 – Tom Rafiner
- The Battle of Resaca: Atlanta Campaign, 1864 – Philip Secrist
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Inside this issue:
- Ron Soodalter disagrees with Stephen Budiansky’s take on George Custer
Blue & Gray
- Gary Gallagher looks at The War’s Overlooked Turning Points and argues for the importance of the Seven Days’.
Your host writes about the Benson family and their compassion toward a wounded New Hampshire soldier at First Bull Run. Thanks to a couple of readers who jarred my memory of this a while back. Even though the house wasn’t and isn’t there (you’ll have to buy the magazine to figure that one out), it’s a great story that deserved retelling. More on this in a later post.
- Robert Behre leads us around Charleston, SC.
- James I. “Bud” Robertson recalls the Centennial.
Letter from the Editor
- The Sesquicentennial kicks off
- The Butcher’s Bill – Edward Bonekemper argues that U. S. Grant’s management of the war in Virginia wasn’t as bloody as represented.
- Eye on Arlington – Kim O’Connell’s text and Robin Holland’s photos document the ongoing renovation at Arlington House.
- First Blood at Big Bethel – John V. Quarstein on the June 10, 1861 battle in Virginia.
- Last Letter Home – Dana Shoaf presents a poignant communique from a 14-year-old Third Class Boy aboard USS Galena.
- Cradle of Secession – Joe Loehle photo essay on Charleston, SC.
- ‘Black Jack’ at War – Paul Bradley sketches John Logan’s war career.
- The American Experience program Robert E. Lee, reviewed here.
- Ural on URLs features HMDB. Friend Craig Swain gets a mention.
- Stealing Secrets: How a Few Daring Women Deceived Generals, Impacted Battles, and Altered the Course of the Civil War, by H. Donald Winkler
- Starving the South: How the North Won the Civil War, by Andrew F. Smith
- A German Hurrah! Civil War Letters of Friedrich Bertsch and Wilhelm Stangel, 9th Ohio Infantry, ed. Joseph Reinhart (I previewed this in my column for America’s Civil War)
- Shadow of Shiloh: Major General Lew Wallace in the Civil War, by Gail Stephens
- The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery, by Eric Foner
- War News – Blue & Gray in Black & White: Newspapers in the Civil War, by Brayton Harris, previewed here.
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The February 2011 edition of Civil War Times magazine (previewed here) includes my Collateral Damage article on the Jacob Weikert farm south of Gettysburg, just outside the park boundaries on the Taneytown Rd and the back of Little Round Top. I had visited the property and toured the house twice over the years prior to my return this past summer. Friends Gerry and Beth Hoffman bought the place in 2002 and are wonderful stewards – they also run an antiques business from spring to fall each year in the barn (Tillie’s Treasures). Unfortunately I had left my camera on a low res setting when taking my photos to accompany the article, and none could be used in the magazine. So I’m displaying them here, along with some I shot on an earlier visit in 2006. Click the thumbs for larger images – it might be a good idea to have my article handy.
Keep in mind that the Weikert farm is private property. The Hoffman’s are “finest kind”, but please respect their privacy.
First the low res photos from my most recent visit:
The house from southwest, south and southeast.
The carriage house and corn-crib; the barn from Taneytown Rd; the barn from the rear.
The dining room was used as an operating theater; bloodstains are still evident on the dining room floor; the site of the wartime well and the Weikert’s enduring legacy.
These are from 2006:
General Stephen Weed died here in the basement, where the washer and dryer sit today; rough-hewn beams in basement; the basement fireplace and oven where the Weikert’s and Tillie Pierce baked bread for hospital staff and wounded – note the charred beam above the oven.
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Inside this issue:
- It turns out that newly elected Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper is the great-grandson of Union Captain Andrew Hickenlooper, who commanded an Ohio battery at Shiloh and is depicted in the famous Thomas Corwin Lindsay painting of The Hornet’s Nest.
- Civil War Preservation Trust President Jim Lighthizer
- Harold Holzer looks at current Virginia Civil War controversies brewing, and brings up an old one by yet again mentioning the governor’s proclamation from earlier last year. He seems to have a little trouble letting go.
- Ron Soodalter discusses David Twiggs’s choice between loyalty and, well, not-loyalty.
- A Shot in the Dark by Winston Groom – The Crisis of Fort Sumter
- Lee, Grant and Their Steadfast Steeds by Ron Soodalter – Self explanatory
- The Teenage Terrorist of Roane County by H. Donald Winkler – Rebel guide and scout Nancy Hart
- Survival in an Alabama Slammer by Peter Cozzens – The Confederacy’s Cahaba Federal Prison was pretty well managed, all things considered
- The One-Way Voyage of the Stone Fleet by Greg Bailey – A fleet of old ships, mostly whalers past their prime, set out from New Bedford, CT in November 1861 to become an integral, if stationary, part of the southern blockade.
- The New York Time Complete Civil War, 1861-1865, Harold Holzer & Craig Symonds, eds.
- Into the Crater: The Mine Attack at Petersburg, Earl J. Hess
- Shadow of Shiloh: Major General Lew Wallace in the Civil War, Gail Stephens
- Roughshod Through Dixie: Grierson’s Raid, 1863, Mark Lardas
- Wicked Spring (Film from 2003)
And I was Just Wild About (or maybe I wasn’t)…
- The Confederate and Neo-Confederate Reader: The “Great Truth” About the “Lost Cause”, James Loewen & Edward Sebesta, eds.
Sacred Ties: From West Point Brothers to Battlefield Rivals: A True Story from the Civil War, Tom Carhart
The Mechanical Fuze and the Advance of Artillery in the Civil War, Edward B. McCaul, Jr.
The First Assassin, John J. Miller (novel)
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I picked up this current issue of North & South, to which I don’t subscribe and which I don’t typically purchase, for the editorial and one article. Editor Keith Poulter has finally seen Harry Crocker’s The Politically Correct Guide to the Civil War and noticed the absurdity of the front cover, which I wrote about here nearly two years ago. He expands on exactly why the blurb “The Emancipation Proclamation did not free a single slave” is factually incorrect (he calls it a “Crocker you-know-what”). Poulter’s piece is good stuff, though I disagree with him regarding the author’s and publisher’s intent. I really don’t believe it was ideologically based. I think it was more likely financially based – considering their target market, it was intended to sell books. And I think on that basis it was not a bad idea. I’m sure there were a lot of folks out there who read that and thought “this is for me.” And if they thought that, they were right: it is for them.
Also in this issue is an article by George C. Rable, Gott Mit Uns, with the following description: In the aftermath of First Bull Run, each side offered religious explanations for the outcome. I suspect this is an excerpt from Rable’s most recent book, God’s Almost Chosen Peoples: A Religious History of the American Civil War. And a long while back, I implied I would look into an essay of Rable’s in Civil War History in which he “uses First Bull Run as a backdrop for his discussion of the role of religion on the battlefield”, but I never got around to it. Maybe I’ll read the two together and comment in the future. Then again, maybe I won’t.
Here’s a really interesting tidbit from this most recent edition: in each issue there is a section called “Do You Know”, and there is one “teaser” question to which readers may submit answers to win a prize, typically a book. There were no correct answers submitted for the prior issue’s question, “Did the Confederate government ban the export of cotton?” The correct answer was “No.” A “yes/no” question had no correct answers submitted? What the…?
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The great news is that I received a communique from the Godfather of battle digitization, Brian Downey, and he plans to be active on his blog again this year (work commitments kept him away for most of 2010). To show he is in earnest, he has a new post up at Behind Antietam on the Web. Welcome back, Brian!
Things I’m working on for the next few posts:
- an interview with a Gettysburg entrepreneur;
- a preview/review of the January 10 American Experience program on U. S. Grant;
- a preview of the new issue of America’s Civil War magazine;
- a couple of items of interest from the new issue of North and South magazine;
- an expansion on my article on Gettysburg’s Jacob Weikert farm in the current issue of Civil War Times magazine;
- another way to follow Bull Runnings using an e-Reader (that is what they call those things, right?);
- and something I’ve been putting off for a long while, a look at an essay that discusses expectations at the time that the great military leader of the Civil War would emerge from a place other than the military establishment.
As usual, other things are sure to come up, including more primary material on First Bull Run and various news items, so stay tuned!
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