Civil War Commemorations »

Some special events to consider, for those in the area or willing to travel to partake! In Dearborn, MI, the Henry Ford Museum is having an assassination commemoration, with Doris Kearns Goodwin speaking.  I got a laugh out of the pricing tiers, which include balcony seats and general floor admission, but no options for participants […]

‘The Widow Lincoln’ at Ford’s Theatre »

How is Ford’s Theatre marking the sesquicentennial of Lincoln’s assassination?  It’s staging a play about Mary Lincoln.  Hope the Secret Service are keeping the Obamas far, far away from this one. The moment is just one of many pathos-crammed sequences in “The Widow Lincoln,” the doleful historical monument of a play at Ford’s Theatre. Written by […]

Commemorative Events »

Readers in or near Caroline County, Virginia (or buffs who might want to make a trip out of it) should note this nifty little program, which features receptions, talks, bus tours, and even a dinner with an author, all on the subject of John Wilkes Booth’s flight, capture and death in Virginia. Caroline County is getting […]

‘Whipping Man’ »

I caught a mention of the play, The Whipping Man, which opens in Costa Mesa, California January 25th.  By this review, it’s a must-see, and it is centered upon a facet of the war I had never considered before: Jewish Southerners who raised their slaves as Jews.  I’m researching more on the topic for subsequent […]

Remembering the Columbia Burning »

February 17th marks the 150th anniversary of the burning of Columbia, South Carolina, and the town is memorializing the event with a series of lectures. If you live in or can get to Columbia in the next month, there are some interesting topics being covered.  Click the link below for the full list of speakers. […]

AMA with Dr. James McPherson »

Reddit is a fairly recent obsession for me, and one of the reasons I love it is special events like their AMAs (“Ask Me Anything”).  Tomorrow, James McPherson will be answering Redditors’ questions on the Civil War.  If you’ve ever dreamed of asking the professor a question, or in making a ridiculous LOL-joke to him, […]

Chattanooga 150 »

Lost in the commemorations of the Kennedy assassination is the Chattanooga anniversary.  There are a lot of events happening in the area between today and the 27th, so if you’re in or near Tennessee, swing by and partake.  I visited the site as a kid, and it was a spectacular park.   The view from […]

Winslow Homer in Maine »

It’s too far for me to visit, but if you’re in the vicinity of Portland, ME in the next months, stop by the Portland Museum of Art.  This exhibit of Winslow Homer Civil War works promises to be spectacular.  Homer was on the front lines as a Harper’s war artist, and produced some memorable images. […]

Confederacy Museum Lecture »

Lucky people in the Richmond area have a chance to attend a free lecture on Britain’s role in the Civil War (and, presumably, the war’s effect on Britain, which is just as fascinating from what I’ve read.) One hundred fifty years ago this September, the British cabinet considered intervention in the American Civil War. Economically […]

Worth the Drive »

I’ve only been to Illinois once, but loved it. My nostalgia and this news are combining into roadtrip lust. Here’s hoping the Address displayed isn’t as disappointing as the documents in the National Archives, though – mouldy, green, unintelligible paper isn’t as big a draw as you’d expect. A handwritten manuscript of the Gettysburg Address […]