Battlefield Interpretation

Five Forks Bound

I‘ve never been to the Five Forks battlefield.  Luckily for me, today I am spending the day with two historians who know the battlefield well.  See you on Wednesday with…

Learn About the Crater for $75

McFarland Publishers is set to release John F. Schmutz’s The Battle of the Crater: A Complete History in May.  At that price it better be a complete history of the…

Congratulations John Latschar

A belated congratulations to former Gettysburg superintendent, John Latschar, who earlier this month was honored by The National Parks Conservation Association with the Stephen T. Mather Award for his work…

Shaking Hands Over the Stone Wall

I heard about this during my presentation at Fredericksburg this past Sunday. The day before re-enactors from the 28th Massachusetts and the 47th Virginia marked the 146th anniversary of the…

Being Civil War Memory

It finally hit me early yesterday morning why I felt just a little uncomfortable about giving the commemorative talk on the Fredericksburg battlefield.  I am used to addressing audiences –…

Commemorating Fredericksburg

Today I am giving the keynote address as part of a ceremony commemorating the 146th anniversary of the battle of Fredericksburg. Thanks to my friend and fellow historian John Hennessy…