Friday, May 2, 2014

News and Notes - May 2014

It's been about a month folks, but new blog posts are coming. In a few days I'll have a few posts to roll out in my continuing series on the 3rd Division of the 6th Corps (formerly known as "French's Pets"). These posts will focus on the division's actions during the Battle of the Wilderness - timed as you might have guessed to coincide with the 150th anniversary of that battle.

A few other items you might want to read in the meantime:

- Over at the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park's excellent blog Mysteries and Conundrums, Chief Historian John Hennessy previews the upcoming programs and events the park has planned to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Overland Campaign. The lineup of programs looks excellent. I can't make all of the events, but I'm aiming to do my best to be there for some of the programs on May 10th and May 11th.

- There's been a lot of discussion about the successes and/or failures of the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War. A lot of opinions have been thrown out without much data and analysis to back them up. Well, enter Nick Sacco, who has a neat post up on his Exploring the Past blog that attempts to quantify the results of the Sesquicentennial through some basic visitation statistics at some of the major battlefield parks. The numbers might surprise you.


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