I was resting and reading today’s issue of The Free Lance-Star which reported that the National Park Service has set aside $1.6 million to rehabilitate exhibits at the Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville Visitor’s Centers. This is tremendous news and I am sure that they will use it to create something wonderful for the Civil War Sesquicentennial. As a local resident, historian, and private guide, I have often wondered when the NPS was going to update and expand their current exhibits. Over the last few years we have seen great additions to the National Park’s presentation of this area’s history including new interpretive markers, regional history books, sanctioned blogs and locally televised films. This coupled with the outstanding staff which includes Russ Smith, John Hennessy, Eric Mink, Frank O’Reilly and Donald Pfanz makes the Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania Military Parks among the best in the nation. I for one cannot wait to see what they come up with.
I did want to mention that I am compiling material for my speech on the 123rd PA Volunteers which will be delivered at the Carnegie-Carnegie Civil War Weekend on April 30th. My friends at the NPS have already provided me with four, fascinating diaries from members of the 123rd. This talk will be followed by a special screening of The Angel of Marye’s Heights documentary followed by a Q&A with me. We will have copies of the DVD for sale at the theater. See the ACFL&MH Press Release for full details. I also received an email from a middle school teacher in CA who is interested in using our film for her Civil War class in the spring. We are looking at putting something special together for the kids. Stay tuned. That’s all I can muster this week.
During my extended absence
In acknowledgement of February being Black History Month, here are links to some of my past works that fit the occasion. During my recovery, I have started reading Blue-Eyed Child of Fortune, The Civil War Letters of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, edited by Russell Duncan. This is strictly for pleasure although I may post some thoughts in the future. I will also be attending a special Black History Month program at U.S. Marshals Service Headquarters on Feb. 23rd that will deal with the contributions of the USCT. I will share some pics if I’m feeling up to it. See you when I'm feeling better. Whenever that may be. Until then...
Off the grid for a while...
It’s been a pretty busy couple of weeks. The final manuscript for the baseball book was sent off to The Kent State University Press today. (This will be my last book project for a few years.) I completed write-ups for two of Mort Kunstler’s new paintings, my book on Confederate camps has been selected as the upcoming March title on the Rappahannock Regional Library’s new Sesquicentennial website, National Geographic Books contacted Right Stripe Media to assist with some imagery for a piece they are doing on Richard Kirkland, and BIG things are on the horizon for the Billy The Kid documentary. (Don't forget to order your DVD of The Angel of Marye's Heights.)
I am still dealing with some serious health issues and will be off the grid for a while. I may post some updates intermittently as my body will permit, but for the most part I need to concentrate on getting well. This has been a recurring issue for the last 3 months and I'm not getting better. One thing that I did want to mention in closing was that the U.S. Marshals Service are commemorating the actions of the USCT for Black History Month (see here). I was very pleased to see no mention of “Thousands of Black Confederates” on any of the acknowledgements.
Rounding third and headed home
My apologies for the lack of posts but I am having the best time working on finalizing the baseball book files for delivery to the publisher. The archivists at the Baseball Hall of Fame have been great to work with and this has shaped up to be a project that far exceeds Eric’s and my initial expectations. Frankly, it’s the most in-depth book that I’ve ever been a part of and most people associated with the project have said that this title will more than likely generate more reaction and sales than anything we’ve ever done on the Civil War. The hard part will be waiting for its release prior to the 2012 season. We are also planning on developing a website to compliment the book.
Get The Angel of Maryes Heights on DVD
It is with great pleasure that Right Stripe Media announces the immediate availability of “The Angel of Marye’s Heights” on DVD. This long-anticipated release commemorates the beginning of the Sesquicentennial (150th) of the American Civil War.
In addition to the 30-minute documentary, 7 additional Bonus Features (1+ hour) are included: Dramatic Mercy-Scene, Richard Warren’s “Portrayal of a Hero” Monologue, “Living History” with Kathleen Warren, Cast and Crew Outtakes and Behind the Scenes Slideshow with Will White’s ‘Fredericksburg 1862’ title song, Director and Producer Premiere Comments and Scans of Richard Kirkland Letters.
This Widescreen DVD is now available for purchase online for $12 (+ shipping) at http://www.theangelmovie.com/store.
*Bulk-discounts available. Vendor/media inquiries email email@example.com. For more information, visit the film’s official website at www.theangelmovie.com. (Please feel free to blog, repost, or share this information. Thank you. RSM LLC)