Recording of the Gettysburg webcast

As I stated earlier, I missed the live Gettysburg webcast, hosted by American Military University. Well, here is the link to the webcast, so you can listen to it and enjoy. Overall, the series was a good first time at hosting webcasts on the war. I hope there will be many more in the future.


Back from the battle!

Well, I returned late last night from my first adventure in reenacting. We were at the Old Bradford Pioneer Village and Museum, near Nashua, IA, which has the notoriety of being next to the well-known Little Brown Church in the Vale, which is was a popular hymn and later country song. I served in the ranks of the First South Carolina Infantry along with my friend and fellow graduate student Stuart Lawrence. Here is a Google Earth image of where we were:

The two-day event was awesome and we prevailed against the Union on the first day, while valiantly fighting hard against them the next day, only to fall due to several of us being killed (myself included). Sunday morning was quite cool, as we were treated to a pancake and sausage breakfast by members of the Little Brown Church, and later to a special Sunday service. Being in a church built during the war, wearing period clothing was really something.

In closing, I hope everyone interested in getting into reenacting gives it a try, as it is fun. I will leave you with some pictures from this weekend.

breakfast in camp

Cooking breakfast in camp


Pvt. Stuart Lawrence on the left.


Yours truly in front of our tent.

in camp

Hanging out in camp before battle.

Little Brown Church

The Little Brown Church in the Vale

Inside the LBC

Inside the Little Brown Church from the back

The Little Brown Church from the front

Stuart on day two

Stuart on the second day

Myself on day two

Wearing my new vest and shirt on day two. I am wearing a neck wrap to protect my neck and ears from the sun at the time.


Our camp


Getting some extra drilling in (I am second from right).

More drilling

More drilling

Still drillling

Still drilling

Preparing to fire

Ready to take down some Yankees.

On a side note, I will be presenting tomorrow evening at 7:00 PM at the E. Grand Forks, MN VFW for the second meeting of the Northern Plains Civil War Round Table on the subject of The Camp of Instruction and the Union Soldier. I hope you can make it out to this talk if you are in the Grand Forks area.

Missed the Gettysburg Webcast

Well, I meant to participate in the final American Military University webcast on Gettysburg this morning, but was out and about with Stuart getting ready for our reenactment weekend in Nashua, Iowa. We ended up running out to my grandfather’s farm and firing some blanks from the 1861 Springfield, which was fun. I also received my Confederate uniform yesterday and am pleased with the quality, so I am making a huge, but quick plug for Blockade Runner.

A side note on this weekend. While I would love to blog about the event soon after each day, I will be unable to do so, but will attempt to write about it and post pictures. This will be my first foray into reenacting, so I appreciate any who are involved with reenacting sharing their first experiences with the hobby, so I can have a fun comparison for others.

When I do get the link to the webcast, I will post it up here for all to enjoy, including myself.

Another great book sale from Indiana University Press

Indiana University Press is once again offering a great sale on many of their titles, including the Civil War. Their Spring Sale offers some titles, even hardcovers, up to 80% off. The sale will end on June 30, so get on over there and expand your library. Enter the code WWEZXX to receive the sale prices.

Rare Civil War book collection donated to UND’s Chester Fritz Library

The University of North Dakota’s Chester Fritz Library received a cool gift recently. Their website reported it today that Robert Henry, UND alum from the Class of 1960 donated several rare Civil War books to the Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections. I had the opportunity to see them a few weeks back, while up in the department doing research and they were really something. One book was an original work of George B. McClellan from 1864. Needless to say, it was hard not to drool over such unique finds. Thank you Mr. Henry for your gift to UND. We appreciate it.

New blog on a new book

Thanks to fellow blogger Kevin Levin for noting this new blog by Dr. Tom Clemens, called The Maryland Campaign of September 1862, which focuses on the book of the same name written by Ezra Carman, a veteran of the Civil War, and edited by Dr. Clemens. I am going to look into getting a review copy of it, as it looks interesting, but wanted to make you aware of this recent blogging development.

Happy 3rd Birthday to Civil War History!

Well, today marks the 3rd anniversary of the founding of this blog. Much has happened since May of 2007. I have changed themes a few times, created and joined a few web rings, gotten a few folks to help write with me, started a Twitter feed, and the blog is closing in on 100,000 hits. As we enter our fourth year, I hope to get a few more folks writing, see about getting a domain, and will begin covering the happenings of the Northern Plains Civil War Round Table, a project of a colleague and myself. I want to thank everyone for your support and encouragement and look forward to continuing blogging with you.

Happy 3rd