So we can’t see the elephant in the room

During my trips to Gettysburg in October and November, I examined with fascination the continuing construction of the new Visitor Center and Cyclorama buildings along Hunt Avenue.  For anyone who has visited the town and battlefield so often over the years, there have been an enormous amount of changes these past couple years.  The tree cuttings, plantings, orchard restorations, and fence building have made an interpretational impact on the battlefield that has to be seen to be believed.  One day soon I’ll make a post devoted to that topic.  But for now, I want to address the new Visitor Center and related structures.

As I said, I’ve been fascinated with the new Center.  On my trips, I sat in my vehicle along Hunt Avenue for awhile and watched the crews lift steel beams into place for the Cyclorama building.  Other crew were moving earth for the VC building and grounds.  I was impressed that even the large property for the new buildings and huge parking lots seemed so well hidden from the roads.  In fact, I’ve known visitors to entirely miss the construction site while driving along Hunt Avenue, or the Taneytown and Baltimore Pikes.

And I can’t help but ponder the impact on the battlefield proper once the present Visitor Center (the Rosensteel building), Cyclorama, and parking lots are razed and reclaimed.  A representative Zeigler woodlot will be restored in the area.  If you think the tree cuttings around the field have made an impact, just wait, I think, for how the area of the present buildings is going to look once it’s reclaimed (I hesitate to use the word “restored” because I don’t think that’s strictly possible).

Yesterday I received my copy of The Friends of Gettysburg Foundation quarterly newsletter (formerly the Friends of the National Parks at Gettysburg or FNPG).  An article about the construction of the New VC and Cyc buildings is on pages 14 and 15.  The article isn’t too long, and I’d like to quote it for those who don’t receive this publication:

It’s finally visible.  Steel for the new Museum and Visitor Center at Gettysburg is rising from the ground, and the Cyclorama gallery is taking shape.
Yet there’s just as much work going on “beneath the surface.”
The Gettysburg Foundation is aiming for “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” (LEED) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council… Emphasis is on state-of-the-art strategies for sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
The cornerstone of the energy efficient strategy is a geothermal heat pump system for the new Museum and Visitor Center.  The system will consist of about 200 wells, each 500 feet deep and 6 inches in diameter, located under the parking lot.  Piping will tie the wells together in a closed loop system.  These 92,000 lineal feet of wells will form a thermal shield that will leverage the earth’s constant 55-degree temperature to provide most of the building’s heating and cooling requirements, without burning fossil fuels.
Other environmental considerations that have contributed to Foundation decisions about the project’s exterior features include an ongoing land acquisition program that will create a buffer and remove from potential development as much land as possible around the site of the new facilities.  To date, the Foundation has acquired all significant parcels of property that surround the entrace to the new Visitor Center and Museum…
Automobile parking lots will be interspersed throughout the 100-acre site to blend into the landscape and break up potential “seas of concrete.”  These lots will be tiered to follow the landscape and shaded with existing or newly planted trees…

So there you have it.  Not only will the new buildings and ground be “oooh-ahhh” state-of-the-art, they’ll be earth-loving too.

Think of the constrast with the present digs of the Visitor Center, Museum, and Cyclorama.  The old Rosensteel building was never designed to properly house the artifacts.  Most of the collection, in fact, has been kept in controlled storage to preserve it.  The building is too old, too dilapidated, too small, and unsuited for the purpose it has served for so many decades.  The Cyclorama building has been serving to destroy the very painting it housed to protect.  The building leaks, its design was atrocious, and the climate control has been nonexistent from day one.  Some 6 feet of the painting all the way around its circumference has never been seen by the public because it had to be tucked under – the present display area wasn’t designed to be large enough.

The new facilities, it appears, will be everything the NPS needs.  And it’s a new experiment in the combination of public and private concerns on a huge scale.  What remains to be seen, however, is not jsut the impact on the grounds or wetlands, but on the future of the battlefield and town.  Today the Park is staffed with folks who are underpaid, overworked, and often underappreciated.  They will be presented with a wizz-bang set of facilities and grounds, technological gizmos out the wazoo, and artifacts protected until the universe ceases to exist.  Let’s hope that as much will be done for the people who staff it all.

As for the battlefield itself, I look forward to seeing the resulting reclamation.  I’ve seen the rest of the field in an entirely new light.  South Cavalry Field, in the area of the Slyder Farm and South Confederate Avenue, has changed dramatically due to the tree cutting.  I’ve been re-studying events such as Farnsworth’s Charge on an entirely new playground.  The cutting and re-planting in the central part of the battlefield has caused an entirely new and more informed interpretation of events of the second day.

It was one thing to stand on the field a few years back without seeing that hideous National Tower rising above the landscape and every other damn thing in the area.  It will be another, soon, to stand upon and walk the field without seeing the VC or Cyclorama buildings.

You know what I think one of the greatest differences will be?  The battlefield will be quieter.  Not just open to new and better interpretations.  But just quieter.

I can’t wait.

Published in: on December 29, 2006 at 11:56 am  Comments (5)  

Taking it to heart

Fellow blogger Dimitri Rotov picked up recently on a previous post I’d made regarding my research methods prior to writing.  Dimitri has been writing recently about “narrative strategies,” and I think he’s right on the money. 

Regarding my previous post, I’d written about my personal desire to exhaust every source I can lay my hands on prior to writing on a subject (say, more often, for an article), and constructing the story from scratch.  Dimitri likens my method to that which would also apply to a reader:

As readers, we make topics of interest “ours.” Once that happens, the attraction of narrative fades, its entertainment value falls away, and the idea that this form could transcend entertainment to deliver History becomes improbable.
For all those who tell me, “I came into this by reading Battle Cry,” let me suggest you are different. You escaped the pool, leaving many times your number wandering aimlessly through sludge.
Sentimental loyalty to an author in repayment for a good reading experience is misguided.

I think he’s right.  If I’m reading one of Dimitri’s points correctly, it’s that the student must go far beyond popularism when it comes to history.  And, the reader must constantly test the historian.  Forget that McPherson, for example, is this or that.  Or me.  Or Eric Wittenberg.  Or anyone else.  When it comes to reading any new writing, give it the extreme bullshit test.  Blunt and simplistic way of putting it, but I think you get the idea.  And perhaps this is how, as another example, McPherson ran into a bit of a brouhaha over his endorsement of one of Dave Eicher’s tomes… and I’d also liken it to his endorsement of an even more festering pile by Tom Carhart.  Even the McPhersons of the world would do well to learn the lessons that Dimitri is talking about.

Back to the writing angle, it’s probably why I go to the lengths that I do prior to putting pen to paper (okay, fingers to keys).  Honestly, I’ve turned down some projects simply because I knew I couldn’t devote the necessary time to getting to “know” the subject as well as I demand of myself, or the interest wasn’t there to begin with.  When I previously posted that I only begin writing once I feel a topic is “mine,” I was describing a feeling that only hits me when it hits me. 

The deeper I go into a topic – the more I disregard secondary sources.  Secondary sources can be useful to getting an initial understanding of a subject or event – especially one with which I may not be very familiar – but they have to take a backseat to the primary sources the deeper I go.  Let’s just take an example like the June 26, 1863 skirmish west of Gettysburg between Gordon’s Confederate brigade and Pennsylvania militia forces.  Little has been written about it.  You’ll find some secondary writings such as in Coddington, Nye, and some modern Gettysburg-specific tomes, but nothing too detailed.  If you dig like hell, you’ll find the primary sources are there – as scant as they are.  Then, I’ve found that the story changes a bit.  This particular event is one that I’m feeling is becoming “mine,” one that I can easily write 6,000 words or more about, whereas previously it’s garnered perhaps a paragraph from others.  But it’s already taken several months and a hand-dig to China with a plastic spoon just to get to the writing point.

It’s frustrating, irritating, time consuming, nerve-wracking, heartbreaking, and you often spin your wheels to get nowhere – sort of like marriage.

But boy, is it fun along the way.  And in the end it’s so worth it you’ll take the road all over again.

Published in: on December 28, 2006 at 5:43 pm  Comments (2)  

The sawdust was flyin’…

I’m generally a pretty organized guy.  Well, some would even call me a neat freak.  Okay, okay, let’s say my wife and daughter have called me that once.  Or twice.

Over the past few years, I’ve really ramped up the amount of collected research material as I got serious about writing books and articles, more so than when I was putting together my website.  My researcher sends me a lot of material on a weekly basis, I’ve probably purchased about 500 books in just the past five years or so, and copied huge amounts of material in repositories and collections in that time frame.  All of which began forming a clutter in my library that I just couldn’t take anymore.

The piles and piles of papers were getting unwieldy.  In the back of my library is a large closet, about 60 square feet, the floor of which was nearly covered with paper piles.  For the Stuart’s Ride book project, I would use a particular source and then put it in the piles.  God help me if I had to try to go back and find a particular paper in those piles – it could take hours.  Much of the piles contained sources I’d accumulated for future projects – with nothing grouped together.  Some smaller shelves in the closet were already stuffed with binders full of copies of books and newspaper articles.  As I’ve posted previously, Microsoft’s new online historical book site has been keeping my printer busy as I print off dozens of useful books, with no organized place to store them.

Having a vacation day yesterday (Tuesday) motivated me to finally organize this closet.  My wife had to work all day, so I knew I’d be able to work on the closet without bothering anyone.  In the morning I went to Lowe’s and loaded up on 6 oak shelves, all the necessary brackets and hardware, and other things I’d need.  When I got back home, the closet, of course, needed cleaning out.

I took all the piles of papers and boxes out, creating one huge pile on the floor in the library.  Good thing the better half wasn’t home, because if she’d seen the mess she would have thought I was nuts.  Plus, she probably doesn’t realize that even I had this much “stuff.”  Hell, I didn’t either until I had everything out and piled up.

I set up my radial saw in the garage, and cut all the shelving needed.  I put the brackets on the wall, and once installed I had over 50 linear feet of new shelving.  I broke for lunch and determined that by the time my wife got home at 4pm, everything in the closet was going to be organized.

Well, I almost made it.  When she got home I was still putting the last of the binders and new folders on the shelves, but I was nearly done.  Now, the binders of newspaper articles has its own shelf, with each binder neatly labeled.  Same for the binders containing copies of books and large manuscript material.  There are still some piles of unfiled papers – but now they’re on the shelves and organized by subject matter, ready to be put into their own binders and folders.  This I’ll do over the coming weeks.  As more material comes in from my researcher and other sources, it’ll have a place to go where I can find it easily and work with it.

I’m happy, the wife’s happy, and I can find everything for my current book and articles project.

Oh, and I discovered that the floor of the closet is carpeted – I had forgotten because I hadn’t seen it in years…

Published in: on December 27, 2006 at 12:57 pm  Comments (5)  

Plenty of “Plenty”

I hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday – the four-day weekend was rare and welcome.  Today we’re back in the saddle here in the office, and even a four-day vacation goes quicker than you think.

As co-author Eric Wittenberg recently posted on his blog, our book Plenty of Blame to Go Around: Jeb Stuart’s Controversial Ride to Gettysburg is currently being featured in one form or another in a lot of the Civil War print media at the moment.  An adaptation of our chapters on the fights at Fairfax Court House and Westminster is the cover/feature story of the current issue of Civil War Times magazine.  Eric and I would like to thank editor Chris Lewis for this opportunity, and for his interest in the article.  A very positive book review by esteemed historian Jeff Wert is the lead review in the new issue of America’s Civil War magazine.  I hold Jeff’s opinions in very high regard, and appreciate his analysis of our work very much. 

The new (January 2007) issue of The Gettysburg Magazine features an updated adaptation of our chapter on the Westminster fight.  Eric and I wrote this article with the magazine’s concentration on the Gettysburg Campaign in mind, and we included some more primary sources that came into our hands after the book’s release.  Folks who read this particular article will truly have the most updated scholarship on the June 30, 1863 fight at Westminster between Stuart’s cavalry and less than 100 upstarts of the 1st Delaware Cavalry.

Coming soon will be a special issue of Blue&Gray magazine that will feature our historiography of Stuart’s ride and driving tour.  Eric and I look forward to this particular effort, in which we’ll really be able to showcase the battlefields and the ground.  For folks who have already read our book, I think they’ll truly appreciate what we’ll be able to do with the narrative and the tour. 

All in all, it gratifies both of us that we’ve been able to bring the issue of Stuart’s ride and its impact on the Gettysburg Campaign to the fore of discussion again.  Hopefully we’re causing students to look at the issue in a new and deeper light.  Really, folks, that’s what it’s all about.  The book could make it to the New York Times Bestseller List (hey, I can dream, right?) but neither of us would still ever even recover the finances we have in the research of the book.  But the attention the book and the subject has been garnering lately reaffirms the fact that our efforts can be rewarded simply with good feelings and positive comments.  That’s really all a historian wants anyway.

Published in: on December 27, 2006 at 12:16 pm  Leave a Comment  

Microsoft’s new online books

Last week, on the CWDG email list, friend Tonia (Teej) Smith sent the membership a link to Microsoft’s new online historic books site.  Not knowing the depth of what was on the site, it took me a couple days to get around to checking it out.  When I did, I was astonished.

Microsoft has digitized seemingly thousands of books from the 19th and 20th century (copyrights expired) on this site.  I was amazed at the rather obscure books that are on there in addition to the more well-known ones.  In the Civil War genre, one will find quite a few rarer books, even including pamphlets of speeches, etc.  Want a copy of the multivolume Pennsylvania at Gettysburg?  It’s on there.  I think nearly every regimental history in print is on the site, or probably will be soon.  Seems as though the entire Library of Congress is digitized.  Among this new site, the Making of America digitization, and the plethora of websites that have digitzed historical newspapers online, students and researchers have just about as much available through their computers as a trip to the LOC or any of the historical library repositories.

All of this brings me back to something I posted about earlier, regarding book reprints and the manually-bound copies of books that I had put together in the past.  When the multitude of book reprints started coming out over the past several years, it began eliminating the need (and the high expense) for me to copy rarer books and put them in binders for use in my research and writing.  I could buy a $30 or $60 reprint, replacing the $100+ I’d have in a single book xerox copy.  Over the past couple years I began throwing away those manually bound copies of books as I bought the respective reprints.

Well, thank goodness I saved the binders, because Microsoft’s site is causing me to fill them up again.  I’ve been finding many books on there that simply aren’t in reprint.  And, the digital images of the books are superior to the often-bad copies I’ve previously had of them.  So in some cases I’m printing off new copies to replace my old ones.  And in other cases, I only previously had copies of a few pages out of some books (say, for instance, a part dealing with a particular campaign or individual) to save time and money, or because that’s all I was interested in at the time.  Now, I’m able to print off the entire book.

And all it’s costing is the paper and toner in my high-speed laser printer… maybe a couple bucks total for a 200-page book.  It’s never been this cheap or quick to have a book in hand.  To copy the book myself, or have my researcher do it, would go right back to the more than $100 investment.

And what this means for the historical world in general is that all of these wonderful resources are being opened up to everyone, which is a terrific thing indeed.  Many, many more folks will have access to those previously-scarce primary sources, which will generate a whole new interest in them.  There’s a good search feature on the site, and besides books there are images, maps and more available.  When you click on a book result, it will take you to a searchable page to see images of the book’s pages, and then you can download the entire book and print what you want – or save it in your hard drive or to disc.  The images of the book and its pages are in full color, too, and they’re extremely high quality.

Check the site out.  Try all sorts of specific and non-specific search key words, and you’ll be amazed what you find.

Microsoft online book site

Published in: on December 22, 2006 at 11:19 am  Comments (6)  

Victory at Gettysburg

My apologies for the long delay in posting – it was quite a busy weekend and last couple of days.  Over the weekend we hosted 17 relatives from Pennsylvania and New York for a family Christmas party, and this week has been rather hectic.

Yesterday, however, brought some of the best news that history preservationists have hoped for – for a long time.  After years of watching battlefield land being plowed under to make way for shiny new McMansions (and news that even more is on the way – see the Hunterstown battlefield near Gettysburg), it was announced yesterday that the assinine proposal for a casino at Gettysburg was voted down by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.  If you haven’t seen the Civil War Preservation Trust’s news release on this yet, go to their website.

I, like many folks, was beginning to lose hope recently that a casino at Gettysburg was all but a “done deal.”  Frankly, it shocks me that the idea of a slots parlor near the nation’s most popular and visited battlefield even made it this far.  To put it bluntly, in my opinion you have to give less than a fat rat’s ass about this country’s history to even think of such an idea.  Just ask folks who live anywhere near a casino.

And yes, I’ve always heard about the “jobs” that they bring to an area.  Sure they do.  Pimps.  Whores.  Drug dealers.  And the need for police, firemen, and undertakers skyrocket.  Again, just ask anyone who lives near one.

This was truly a victory for everyone, not just the preservationists.  Let’s say a particular person wanted the casino at Gettysburg, or didn’t care either way.  Well, maybe their child or grandchild might become interested in this country’s history, and want to visit places like Gettysburg.  They’ll be able to do so now, peacefully for the most part, without having to stand in the National Cemetery and be subjected to flashing neon lights, the “ding ding” of slots ringing near by, and listening to a crowd screaming for the winner of the “Jeb Stuart $100,000 Galloping Jackpot.”

While I’m being blunt, may I suggest that David LeVan and folks of his ilk find some other place to attempt to soil.  LeVan, the owner of the “Gettysburg Battlefield Harley-Davidson” was the power and money behind the casino attempt.  Perhaps it would be better if LeVan sells his businesses and just gets out of Gettysburg altogether.  Maybe he can go north and get a casino built on Plymouth Rock. 

And let’s hope this type of silliness never rises again.  Had they put the casino at Gettysburg, Antietam would continue to look so much better as an alternative.  Even today I enjoy going to Antietam once or twice a year to contrast the commercialism at Gettysburg – imagine that – the “commercialism” at Gettysburg.  Maybe now, considering what it could be like had the casino been approved, Gettysburg won’t look so commercial after all.

Published in: on December 21, 2006 at 11:05 am  Comments (3)  

Here come the Turkey Drivers!

My oft-writing and research buddy, Eric Wittenberg, has just announced that his newest book, “Rush’s Lancers: The Sixth Pennsylvania Cavalry in the Civil War” has just been released.  You can read details on his blog.

The 6th PA was quite a storied regiment of horsemen – early in the war, they carried long, heavy, cumbersome lances that the boys found more of a pain in the ass than a weapon.  They also gave rise to some nicknames for the regiment – “Lancer’s Rushes,” and “Turkey Drivers.”  Despite the guffawing, the bluebloods of the 6th PA turned out to be one of the hardest-hitting and bravest regiments on either side.  Brigaded with the U.S. Army’s Regular Cavalry, no less than Gen. John Buford called them “my seventh regulars.”  Impress Buford, and you were tough indeed.

I was one who edited the book’s manuscript for Eric, and I can tell you that regardless of your primary interests regarding the war, you’ll enjoy this book immensely.  Rush’s Lancers is one of those units that has an amazing story to tell, and no one could do it better than Eric – who grew up near Philadelphia (where most of the regiment was raised) and has collected information on the unit for nearly 15 years.

Buy it and enjoy – and congratulations Eric!

Published in: on December 14, 2006 at 12:29 pm  Comments (1)  

The era has passed

In a previous post, I had written about the last surviving horse cavalryman of WWI, Sam Goldberg, 100 years young and still spry as a whip.  Today, Jen DeLuca wrote a comment on that post:

How wonderful that you and so many others recognized Sam’s remarkable history when you did.  Sadly, Sam Goldberg passed away this past weekend.  I happened to find your site and thought I would let you know.  Sam was an amazing individual, sharp as a tack.  In fact, he was an “independent” resident until the very end if you can believe that.  Those of us at the assisted living community where he has spent the last decade plus, are fortunate to have known him and to have heard his many wonderful stories.  Several years ago I, along with a local reporter, interviewed Sam for an article on his role in the Cavalry.  He was 100 years old and yet he remembered dates and names like the back of his hand.  He really was a remarkable human being.

Thank you, Jen, for letting me know.  It sure sounds like Sam would have been a terrific guy to sit down and have a chat with.  As I mentioned in my post, when he dies it will be the end of a certain era – and that end has come.

Rest in peace, Sam, and here’s a kick of the spurs to you.

Published in: on December 14, 2006 at 11:35 am  Comments (3)  

Sometimes it hits home…

The book by Eric Wittenberg and me has been garnering solid praise and positive reviews since its release a couple months ago.  Being this is my first book, I couldn’t be more flattered, nor more grateful for the appreciation for all the hard work and years we put into it.

All the reviews that have been in print thus far have been wonderful… Tom Ryan’s in the Washington Times, Michael Aubrecht’s in the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star, and some upcoming magazine reviews that I’ve been made aware of.  Another newspaper review from December 2 really hit home, because it was by a resident of the Hanover PA area, who is a die-hard Civil War student.  Hanover was the scene of the June 30, 1863 clash between Jeb Stuart and Judson Kilpatrick.  There are local groups that take their Hanover history seriously, and it was this particular review by one of them that really “hit home,” so to speak, because it made me feel that our book really hit home for Hanover, too.

The review was by none other than the Editor in Chief of the Hanover Evening Sun, Marc Charisse.  Marc, who is a son of the legendary Cyd Charisse, was married (I’m told) right on Little Round Top on the Gettysburg Battlefield.  That tops me – I proposed to my better half along Buford Avenue at the 6th New York Cavalry monument.  I had dinner with Marc and some mutual friends in Hanover last month, and at the time I knew neither his famous lineage or his wedding spot… wish I had!  We would have had more to talk about than the book…

Marc wrote a very positive review of the book for the newspaper.  With his permission, I will post some of it here:

My must-read stack has been piling up, but I’m glad I got to “Plenty of Blame to Go Around” before Christmas.
I’m only half way through the book, but I can already tell you it’s the perfect gift for the Civil War buffs on your list…
But Santa should bring anyone with even a passing interest in the 1863 Gettysburg Campaign and the battle of Hanover this new book on Confederate cavalier J.E.B. Stuart’s famous and controversial ride around the Union army…
As their title would suggest, the authors conclude Stuart isn’t solely to blame for the Confederate defeat (at Gettysburg)… The real value of the book – for those already familiar with the effects of Lost-Cause propoganda on Civil War history – is the excellent use of primary and secondary sources to tell the tale of the ride better than it’s been told before.
That ability to tell a good, historical story is especially evident in the chapters dealing with the battles at Hanover and Hunterstown… All the familiar stories of the Hanover battle are there: the brave stand of Maj. John Hammond and the 5th New York Cavalry and Stuart’s fabled escape from the Yankee horsemen, for example.  But the authors also add new details and new perspectives in the fight.  Rather than regarding Hanover as a Union victory, the authors see the battle as a lost opportunity for Union commander Judson Kilpatrick, who could have trapped and destroyed Stuart at Hanover.
It’s hard to disagree because the authors do such a good job of presenting the events as part of a larger campaign unfolding across southcentral Pennsylvania.
And readers should have no trouble grasping that big picture because the authors include an excellent detailed driving tour of Stuart’s ride as an appendix, letting you retrace history on your own.
Recent enough to include mention of Hanover’s new wayside battle markers, the book is sure to stimulate interest in local Civil War history.  And among locals, it offers insight into Hanover’s place in the larger 1863 campaign.

Marc, we can’t thank you enough for such a terrific review of our work, and it’s especially gratifying to come from such a knowledgable Hanoverian!  We sincerely hope that residents of the Hanover area, who maybe had little interest in the events of June and July 1863 before, will find something of value in our book.  If it indeed, as you say, sparks more interest in local history, then we have fulfilled our goal indeed.

Published in: on December 12, 2006 at 4:25 pm  Comments (4)  

Human Interest Stories of the Gettysburg Campaign

My good friend, Scott Mingus Sr. of York, PA, has just released his new book – “Human Interest Stories of the Gettysburg Campaign.”  I received a review copy of the book from Scott this past weekend, and I’m quite impressed.  Scott is a scientist for the P.H. Glatfelter Paper Company and the author of several books, notably in the Civil War wargaming genre.

Scott’s new book is paperback and 100 pages, full of human interest stories culled from many primary sources.  As a researcher, I do enjoy these types of books – especially when as thoroughly researched and as well written as this one – first, to use them as sources themselves and to lead to other source material, and second, simply for the enjoyable light reading they provide.

The reader will find much of interest here.  And here’s a quote from one of my favorite stories in the book:

An usual group of volunteers responded in Harrisburg to Governor Curtin’s plea.  Capt. Charles C. Carson and a company of 17 men, the youngest being 68 years old, came forward and presented themselves for military service.  Each senior citizen was a veteran of the War of 1812, and they wanted to again serve their state and country in a time of need.  A color bearer proudly carried a historic relic, a highly tattered battle flag that had once been borne at the Battle of Trenton by Pennsylvanians serving under George Washington.

Check out the book, you will enjoy it.  The source for each story is given at the end of each section.  Scott also advises me that he is preparing a similar tome on the Antietam Campaign, one I also very much look forward to.

Published in: on December 11, 2006 at 12:10 pm  Comments (2)