But as I took inventory, I realized I'd done more than I thought:
- I've written 3 essays for the Sesquicentennial project at Virginia Tech's Virginia Center for Civil War Studies. My essay on Civil War Chaplains comes up at #2 when doing a Google search on "Civil War Chaplains." The third essay is in the process of review now, but should be posted soon. These essays are a contribution which I'm very proud of and feel privileged to have been a part of. I've also written several reviews and articles related to the WBTS for different websites.
- I've authored two books about the Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley. Both were published by The History Press. The first one, Lexington, Virginia and the Civil War was released in March of 2013 and the most recent one, The Battle of Waynesboro, was released last fall. I'm proud to note that the latter was part of the History Press's Sesquicentennial Series.
- I've maintained this blog (10 year anniversary coming up in May) posting often on the Sesquicentennial and other WBTS topics.
- I've spoken numerous times for various organizations - Civil War Roundtables, SCV camps, local museums, civic groups, etc. - including having the honor of speaking at the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of McDowell; McDowell being the battle many consider to be the beginning of Stonewall Jackson's now legendary Valley Campaign.
- I've served on 2 museum boards and another historical committee all involving various commemoration efforts surrounding the CW's 150th.
- I've advised other authors and students about various aspects of WBTS history, including one graduate student working on a thesis about Stonewall Jackson.
- I've explored Civil War battlefields here in Virginia and recovered Civil War relics (on private property) on several of them - including a musket ball I recovered on the very day of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of McDowell.
- And, one of the most memorable things I did was to conduct a tour of the Battle of Waynesboro on March 2 of this year - the very day of the 150th anniversary of that battle - for the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation. That tour was significant for a number of reasons: It was the last in a series of "on this day" tours sponsored by the SVBF. It was also significant because my wife, oldest daughter and several of my granddaughters were able to accompany me. Waynesboro is my hometown and I as I conducted the tour, I was walking on ground that I roamed almost daily growing up and on the same ground that 2 of my ancestor's units defended during the battle.
- I am currently working with the SVBF in developing a self-guided walking/driving tour for the Battle of Waynesboro which they will publish and make available to the public.
- And I've got several more significant posts which will cap off my efforts here at Old Virginia Blog in regards to the Sesquicentennial. One in particular is quite unique.
In regards to more commemoration events, April will be busy as well as I will be participating in yet one more invitational Civil War relic hunt which will commence the week of the surrender at Appomattox. I'll also be uploading a speech given by Douglas Southall Freeman at Appomattox on the 85th anniversary of the surrender and the dedication of the McLean House as a "national shrine". That recording will be posted, fittingly, on April 9. You can hear an introduction I posted last year below: