Re-enacting the ‘walk home’ »

A young reenactor is recreating a moment in the war that always fascinated me: The defeated southern soldier’s long walk home from the battlefields. Neat idea. Here’s wishing him good roads and fair weather. A 24-year-old Charlotte native, Brown has had an interest in Civil War history since he was a child. It’s something that […]

Civil War 150th Anniversary Parade in Washington DC »

I’m assuaging myself with the fact that I’ll be in Paris on May 17th, but I can’t pretend seeing this one-time-only, sesquicentennial Grand Review Parade wouldn’t have competed with Paris for my affections.  If you’re within a day’s drive of Washington, please go!  And take lots of pictures for me! Civil War 150th Anniversary Parade in […]

The Dangerous Myth of Appomattox »

Another interesting piece from the always-interesting Disunion, the New York Times’ commemoration of the sesquicentennial. This one is a reminder that the “Appomattox Peace” was the end of the beginning, as far as Southern resistance went. Reconstruction gets airbrushed away in tales of Grant and Lee and nobility and surrender. Grant himself recognized that he […]

April 10th Newspaper Clipping »

Another of the historical events I wish I could have seen was the celebration in Washington in the days after the surrender. Grand illuminations and joy in the streets after four crescendoing years of hard war. What a shame it was all unravelled – on the day and for a century to come – by […]

Appomattox »

I’ve been busy with an art project lately, so haven’t been updating, which is bad timing given we’re into the home stretch of the sesquicentennial. I’ve taken a few minutes to put my art aside and post someone else’s: Here’s a copy of my favourite Appomattox painting, by Tom Lovell. While still not 100% authentic, […]

The Peacemakers »

It’s the 150th anniversary of the River Queen conference, which – of all the great events and happenings from 1860-1865, is the one I most wish I could witness. Sherman in all his glory reunites with his elevated friend Grant. Sherman also meets Lincoln the reelected for the first time in 4 years, after getting […]

Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address »

“At this second appearing to take the oath of the Presidential office there is less occasion for an extended address than there was at the first. Then a statement somewhat in detail of a course to be pursued seemed fitting and proper. Now, at the expiration of four years, during which public declarations have been […]

Finer words were rarely spoken »

The approaching sesquicentennial of the Second Inaugural, well, inaugurates a month and a half of momentous and bittersweet events, and closes out the 150th celebrations.  March 4th, April 3rd, April 9th, April 14th, May 9th.  We can relive the dates and realise how quickly the war drew to a close, after decades of its gathering storm.  Sadly, […]

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 […]