Tomorrow I have the honor of presenting a talk to the Rhode Island Civil War Round Table as part of their annual gala dinner. Historian Mark Dunkelman was kind enough to invite me. Hopefully, most of you are familiar with Mark’s scholarship. He is the author of Brothers One And All: Esprit De Corps in a Civil War Regiment, which I think is one of the finest regimental studies ever written. His next book, Marching With Sherman: Through Georgia and the Carolinas With the 154th New York will also be published by LSU Press. Mark was kind enough to invite me to his house to spend a few hours exploring his extensive collection of 154th New York artifacts. That is going to be a real treat.
My topic is the Civil War Sesquicentennial. I am going to make a few observations that track Civil War memory over the past 50 years as well as what I see as the challenges of pulling together a coherent narrative out of the noise that is web2.0. The plan is not to talk long. The last thing I want to do is send my audience into a deep sleep after a delicious steak dinner. This should be a lot of fun.