Despite the fact that those bastardly bloody backs burnt our capital to a cinder in 1814, I classify myself as an Anglophile. As Americans we owe a great debt to Great Britain - our system of law, our governance, our literary heritage etc. have all been profoundly (and beneficially) impacted by our former mother country. This being said, I’m still glad we gave them the flick back in 1776. I’m also glad we didn’t go to war with them again in 1861.Read More
Recently, a pair of stories caught my eye involving the Civil War and the controversial place it still occupies in American memory.Read More
I just finished reading James McPherson's magisterial, Battle Cry of Freedom, arguably the greatest single volume treatment of the Civil War ever written. As I write these lines, I sit aboard an airplane bound from Dallas to DC, and Battle Cry rests on the seat beside me. My eyes are bloodshot, and my mind is foggy - the book has done its work. The journey of reading this 909 page behemoth began long ago...Read More
James Buchanan: One Lousy PresidentRead More
The United States Capitol Building. Say what you will about the lawmakers who walk its corridors, the building itself is an abiding symbol of our ongoing revolution - of the radical American experiment in self government and individual liberty. This week, the Capitol Building’s iconic dome turns 150 years old, and she's due for a facelift...Read More
The Civil War experiences fell thick upon the ground over the past few days. Here’s the rundown...Read More
One hundred fifty years ago, President Abraham Lincoln set aside the last Thursday in November to be, henceforth, a national day of Thanksgiving. What follows is Lincoln’s official proclamation...Read More
This is a film every American should see or rather, endure, and that is just what my sweetheart and I did last Sunday night.Read More
The Civil War’s Eastern Theater always gets more attention than does the West. Maybe this is because the Battle of Gettysburg (and the address which followed it) is seared into our national consciousness while Robert E. Lee, the most well remembered Southern general, fought in the East.Read More
Did you know what Abraham Lincoln came down with a form of smallpox almost immediately after delivering Gettysburg Address?
While poking around on the web today, I stumbled across the tale of Abraham and his bout with varioloid - a mild form of smallpox...Read More
As we draw ever closer to the launch date for the book, I find myself scrambling to accomplish an ever growing to-do list. Whether it’s working on the glossary, finding interesting images or recording audio clips there’s always something to busy your hands with. Sometimes the process can exhaust, but other times it can exhilarate.Read More
I haven't put up a blog post in a few weeks, but that's because I've been rather monomaniac in my focus to finish the book manuscript. Now that book manuscript is done! A major hurdle has been cleared. Watch me as I drone on about the experience...Read More
Last week Tory and I decided to indulge ourselves in a little refinement. We took a trip to the National Portrait Gallery to see their new exhibit The Civil War and American Art. This is part of a larger series of exhibits the Smithsonian is opening during the course of the 150th anniversary celebration...Read More
This coming Sunday between 6-8pm at Cause: The Philanthropub, a new conversation cocktail series will have its inaugural event, and I'm leading the dialogue! The name of the organization is Wandering Minds and the topic up for discussion is War in the Age of Twitter: Would the Civil War Happen Today?Read More
So a good friend of CWB Tours, Nikki Enfield, had the great idea to start an ever changing cocktail & conversation series called Wandering Minds: Civilized Conversation for the Constantly Curious. Guess who'll be headlining the first event? Unfortunately, Stephen Hawking had a prior engagement, so we've been brought out of the bullpen to throw a few intellectual fastballs!Read More
It premiered last night, but PBS always shows these things a million times...
There are so many people that our team needs to reach out to personally in the coming days to offer personal words of thanks...but here's something for all of you! Thank you so much!