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!
It matters because Jared Frederick says it does! We were given a wonderful opportunity to cross blog today on Jared's terrific website, History Matters. Specifically, we're blowing up his blogspot and spreading the gospel about our Kickstarter project...Read More
It's always interesting when you stumble across those instances where the Civil War intersects pop culture. Whilst aimlessly searching around the internet the other night I found the official music video for FUN.'s Some Nights single. Presto!...Read More
Harry Smeltzer runs a great blog/website that is packed to the rafters with information on the Battle of 1st Manassas. If you're familiar with the online Civil War community, you know Harry's site...Read More
James Spader is a funny man. Not sure if I can really state that as a fact, but I can at least say that Alan Shore is a funny character. If any of you saw the show Boston Legal (or the last season of The Practice), it is a fair bet that you may feel the same way. I only mention Mr. Spader because of his casting in the recent movie, Lincoln, as the lobbyist William N. Bilbo. He was also a funny character, and a driving force behind passage of the Thirteenth Amendment....Read More