15 May 2013

New Projects Update


I've been invited to be a contributor to a museum's website here in Virginia. The site focuses on the local history of  its respective area and is still in the development stage, though I've seen a preview and it is quite stunning in its layout. It will focus on all aspects of local history - from the Colonial era up to the present. I'm also finishing up another piece for a WBTS related site that should be available very soon. 

Also, work on the Battle of Waynesboro book has intensified as I've come across a treasure trove of information about the battle as a result of my research. During that process, I also stumbled across some interesting family history. This will likely work its way into the book. The book is on schedule to be released late in 2013 or early 2014 and will be published by the History Press.

8 comments:

13thBama said...

Congratulations!

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Thanks 13B

J. Williams said...

Nice blog! Two of my ancestors fought in Virginia Regiments at Waynesboro. It's good to hear that you're working on a book on the subject.

Best Regards,


J.Williams

M.A. Candidate in History

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Mr. Williams - thank you for the comment. Which regiments?

J. Williams said...

Mr. Williams,

Thanks for your reply. My gr-gr grandfathers were in the 45th and 51st. I have copies of their records from the National Archives. I hope to delve more into both of these regiments someday, after I FINALLY get through school. I constructed a website on the 51st years ago that still gets some traffic and interest, but it needs some updates. So much to do, so little time, as I'm sure you'll agree. My wife & I stopped in Waynesboro several years ago, but didn't get to stay long. I hope to return in the future.

Just getting into your blog posts. Interesting stuff.

John

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

J - What was your ancestors' names? I have 2 g-g grandfathers that served in the 51st - John McGann and Morris (Maurice) Coffey.

See:http://51stvirginiainfantry.tripod.com/

Would you have any photographs, letters, diary entries, etc. from any family members about their service/experience at the battle?

I see that you're an M.A. history candidate. That's interesting. Please don't take my frequent criticisms of academia personally, I realize I'm painting with a broad brush.

J. Williams said...

Richard,

That's my website, Lol. I have the parole document and a later photograph of my ancestor in the 51st, and I found a listing for my ancestor in the 45th, at Ft. Delaware.

No offense taken on the academia front. I'm early middle-aged, so I see through a lot of the baloney. There's good & bad in all universities. I'm fulfilling a lifelong dream. My university is smaller and strikes a pretty good balance, I think.

Regards,
John

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

J -

"That's my website, Lol."

That's funny!

"I have the parole document and a later photograph of my ancestor in the 51st, and I found a listing for my ancestor in the 45th, at Ft. Delaware."

I'd LOVE to have images of all of those for the book. Can you get them scanned at a high res (600 dpi) and send them to me? Of course, I'll credit you in the book.

"I'm early middle-aged, so I see through a lot of the baloney."

Yes fortunately, age and real-life experience has a way of negating much of the foolishness. I would love to go back to college and get a degree in history, but time will simply not allow.

Stay in touch.

RGW