New Market Battle Anniversary Events, 2021

Saturday, May 15, 2021 will be the 157th anniversary of the Battle of New Market. There are some in-person events happening around the battlefield and community of New Market, and I’m looking forward to leading some tours and doing a book signing for Call Out The Cadets. Details below… (If you’re looking for more resourcesContinue reading “New Market Battle Anniversary Events, 2021”

Battle Anniversary: The Wilderness, 2021

For some reason I always feel like I’m being watched in The Wilderness. I visit a lot of battlefields for work and research, and almost always have a good and safe trip without feeling uncomfortable. But for some reason, The Wilderness battlefield bothers me. I don’t worry about ghosts or stuff like that. I thinkContinue reading “Battle Anniversary: The Wilderness, 2021”

Battle Anniversary: Chancellorsville 2021

For years, battle anniversaries were something I remembered and spent my days in Southern California calculating the time difference in Virginia so I could pace through the day in my mind or keep up with the rare livestreams in the “years before Covid” world. Living in Virginia has inspired me to take the opportunities ofContinue reading “Battle Anniversary: Chancellorsville 2021”

“Rode The Six Hundred”

The Charge of the Light Brigade, written by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, in 1854 was based on the real-life events during the Battle of Balaclava during the Crimean War. The poem memorialized a brigade of cavalry sent on a disastrous and useless charge. This piece of writing has fascinated me since the first time I heardContinue reading ““Rode The Six Hundred””

CW160 Diary: April 19 Musings

April 19. In the history known, remembered, and studied by people during the Civil War, the significance of this date traced back to the midnight riders and assembled militia at Lexington and Concord (Massachusetts) who opposed the British troops. “The shot heard ’round the world” still reverberated deeply in American memory in the mid-19th Century.Continue reading “CW160 Diary: April 19 Musings”

“The People Will Awake and Listen To Hear”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is one of my all-time favorite American poets. I’m particularly fond of his collection The Seaside & The Fireside (1850). One of Longfellow’s most famous poems is also a favorite of mine, and once upon a time, I had the whole thing memorized: Paul Revere’s Ride. “Wait, you promised a ‘Yankee poem’Continue reading ““The People Will Awake and Listen To Hear””

CW160 Diary: Fort Sumter

This is part of journaling that I’m sharing publicly on anniversary days commemorating 160 years since the American Civil War. It’s a record of random thoughts, commemorations, events, or relevant reading on the anniversary day. Dear Diary: I had all good intentions of getting up at 5:00am to read Mary Chesnut’s diary entries in realContinue reading “CW160 Diary: Fort Sumter”

“Sumter’s Steady Roar”

It’s probably not surprising that I’m always on the look-out for Civil War poetry. There’s a ton of it — often in newspapers or magazines of era and later in the various memory publications created by veterans and supporters from both sides. April 12, 2021 will mark the 160th Anniversary of the beginning of theContinue reading ““Sumter’s Steady Roar””

“Dances With The Daffodils”

April is National Poetry Month, so I thought it would be appropriate to share a few of my favorite poems and some reflections on the writing. When I lived in California, we got a few daffodils in the garden and I always liked these bright, cheery flowers that signal the promise of spring. Here inContinue reading ““Dances With The Daffodils””

Bookshelf Notes: Sad Earth, Sweet Heaven

Sad Earth, Sweet Heaven: The Diary of Lucy Rebecca Buck During the War Between the States offers a glimpse into the life and experiences of a young woman living in Front Royal, Virginia (Shenandoah Valley) as campaigns and battles swept through and around her home.