Monthly Archives: December 2010

A Close for 2010 – A Start for 2011

Looking back, 2010 was a busy year on my end of things:

  • Escaped a blizzard during a day trip to Gettysburg.  Then visited Manassas for sledding.
  • Attended the Appomattox Court House sponsored Longwood University Civil War Seminar in February, meeting many e-acquaintances and collecting many writing topics (some still in the cultivation stage).
  • Joined the Brandy Station Foundation board.  (Unfortunately commitments at work will pull me away from that position in 2011.)
  • My Aide-de-Camp’s first camp trip, coupled with a tour through the Appomattox area.
  • Our May trip through the Carolinas and Georgia, visiting Forts Macon, Sumter, Moultrie, Pulaski, and McAllister along with dozens of other places of interest (reports here and here).
  • I gave a tour of Edwards Ferry for Gettysburg Daily, which they published in series (I’m on film!  Where’s my IMDB page?)
  • A memorable visit to the USS Olympia, hoping she won’t close for good.
  • Several other summer-time trips to include Fort McHenry, forays into West Virginia, and the Fredericksburg battlefields.
  • Aide-de-Camp and I out on the road again before the summer closed for a tour through several Tennessee and Trans-Mississippi battlefields.
  • And closed out the “campaign season” with a couple of weekend camping trips in the Shenandoah.

I’ve managed to retain your attention, or bore you to tears, with many posts about Civil War artillery ranging in sizes from boat howitzers to the largest Parrott rifles.  And along the way highlighted the excellent work done by the park staff at battlefields such as Manassas, Pea Ridge, Wilson’s Creek, and Fort Sumter.  Lots of traveling, pictures, writing, and markers.  All translating to lots of memories.

Looking into next year, I plan to parallel the sesquicentennial somewhat.  Look for posts focused on Fort Sumter and other early war events. And as always, stuff on artillery.

Lastly, let me thank you the readers for what has been a very successful year, in terms of visitation, here on this blog.  Your participation, particularly those who interact via email, comments, or other means, is appreciated greatly on this end of the keyboard.   I wish you all a very prosperous New Year!

And YOU, you know who you are …. lurker…. my offer still stands to help you start your own blog.    So make it a resolution!

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HMDB Civil War Updates – Week of December 27

Just sixteen additions this week, and the majority from the Chickamauga battlefield.  The remainder represent other Civil War sites in Alabama, Georgia, Maryland, Tennessee, and Virginia.

– In May 1863, John H. Wisdom traveled 67 miles from Gadsden, Alabama to Rome, Georgia with a warning about Colonel Abel Streight’s Federal raiders.  A marker in Gadsden considers this act “unsurpassed in history.”

Ten additions to our collection from the Chickamauga battlefield, most around the Snodgrass Hill area.

– A Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail marker at Rossville, Georgia notes the location of the McFarland House, discussing the activity that occurred around the house during the battle.

– Near Williamsport, Maryland, a Civil War Trails marker discusses the Confederate advance into Maryland in June 1863.

– One more addition to Shiloh Battlefield this week – the cannon ball pyramid for McClernand’s headquarters.

– Two entries from the Second Manassas battlefield.  Markers for the 15th Alabama and the 6th Wisconsin discuss fighting on August 28, 1862 near Groveton.

Lesson learned this week for all “marker hunters” out there – there are plenty of markers out there even in the most “picked over” places.   Robert Moore located a previously overlooked marker outside Williamsport, near the National Road in a county with over 500 documented markers.  And I located a couple of markers in a less frequented section of the otherwise well covered Manassas battlefield.  In the marker hunting hobby, one is often rewarded with second or third looks.