Biking Hanover County, Virginia

Patch_030Today was absolutely gorgeous and a perfect opportunity to do a long bike tour.Patch_032   Michaela and I decided to load the bikes up and head down to Hanover County, which is about 10 miles north of Richmond.  We parked behind the old Hanover Court House and made our way through parts of Hanover, Caroline, and King William Counties.  All in all we biked about 36 miles.  On the way we helped one turtle cross the road, spotted one fox, and outran one nasty dog.  Most of the roads are quiet with little traffic and the views are simply spectacular. Best of all this tour is very flat.  You won’t come across too many historic sites, but there are plenty of old church buildings.  If you are interested in an excellent battlefield bike tour check out this post which covers our tour of parts of the Richmond National Battlefield Park

Patch_042We finished around 4:30 and headed across the street to the Hanover Tavern which isPatch_039  located in a historic building.  Since the weather was so pleasant we sat on the porch overlooking a Confederate statue, the old courthouse building and jail.  After dinner we headed back to Charlottesville and popped Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On? into the car CD player.   We were "flying high in the friendly sky." 


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The South Will Rise Again…

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New Issue of Civil War History

CivilwarhistoryThe latest issue of the journal Civil War History arrived yesterday and includes the participants of the 2005 Society of Civil War Historians panel at the Southern Historical Association.  The panel, which was made up of Ken Noe, George Rable, and Carol Reardon, explored the process and challenges of writing military history.  I am making my way through it and will no doubt be the subject of future posts.  The only full-length article is by M. Keith Harris, titled "Slavery Emancipation, and Veterans of the Union Cause: Commemorating Freedom in the Era of Reconciliation, 1885-1915."  Keith is a graduate student at the University of Virginia and this article is drawn from his dissertation.


Civil War Memory is Now on Facebook

[Hat-Tip to Chapati Mystery, Cliopatria, and Progressive Historians]

FacebookI’ve been on Facebook now for about 2 months and I am enjoying it immensely.  I’ve connected with some old college friends and students that I taught in Alabama back in the late 90s; more recently, I watched as my school used Facebook as a way to mourn the passing of one of our students.  This year I am encouraging my students to start groups for my classes. 

Blogging has put me in touch with a wide range of Civil War enthusiasts and I’ve learned a great deal from their responses to my postings.  Unfortunately, the rate at which I post hinders the continuation of discussions in the comments section.  My policy of limited control over the comments also means that a certain percentage of responses are either incoherent or ill-informed.  This group is designed to address those concerns.  The Discussion Board will make it easier to continue conversations over longer periods of time as well as raise other issues that are deemed to be worthy of discussion.  To guarantee a certain level of sophistication I decided to set this space up as a closed group which means you will have to apply to be admitted.  In my humble opinion most online Discussion Boards are a complete waste of time and a quick perusal of Open Groups related to the Civil War on Facebook have little merit.  Once approved for the group you will be able to post pictures and share ideas on the Wall and Discussion Boards.  What I like most about this is that it puts my readers in control of the discussion.

Anyway, let’s give it a shot and see what comes of it.


Today I Discovered That…

my school’s library has subscribed to JSTOR.Jstor_2    My life just got easier.