24 December 2015

My Article at Emerging Civil War (Merry Christmas!)

"The Christmas Tree" by F.A. Chapman (1866)
Here's the introduction to an article I wrote and which was just published at Emerging Civil War website:
Earlier this month, I, along with a number of some of my children and grandchildren, embarked on an annual pilgrimage. We made our way down a narrow dirt road here in the Shenandoah Valley to a Christmas tree farm. There, we scattered to scout out a perfect specimen.

After a lengthy debate and judging contest I, along with the assistance of one of my granddaughters, chose a couple of perfect trees and loaded them on my truck.

Of course, this tradition is not exclusive to Virginia, though we Virginians are able to proudly claim to be home to one of the first Christmas trees in America. The man responsible for this claim was the Reverend Charles Frederick Ernest Minnigerode (1814-1894). (Continue reading here.)
Thanks to Professor Chris Mackowski for posting the piece. ECW is a great site for students of the WBTS and I recommend readers look through the other posts and articles they have available. Their mission statement reads:
Emerging Civil War serves as a public history-oriented platform for sharing original scholarship related to the American Civil War.

Our primary audience is the general public, so scholarship is defined broadly: historical research, memory studies, travelogues, personal narratives, essays, book reviews, and photography. Journalistic-style coverage of current Civil War-related events and the Civil War in pop culture are also included. Furthermore, ECW encourages respectful discussion about that material.

ECW does not publish fiction or poetry.
ECW seeks to encourage a diversity of perspectives in the scholarship it presents. We do that, in part, by identifying and spotlighting the next generation of Civil War historians and the fresh ideas they bring to the historical conversation.
As a collective, the individuals who comprise ECW are encouraged to share their own unique interests and approaches. The combined collection of material—and the respectful discussions that surround it—forward ECW’s overall effort to promote a general awareness of the Civil War as America’s defining event.
Merry Christmas!


Chris Mackowski said...

We were pleased to have your work on the site. Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas!

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Thank you Chris! Trusting you and your family have a Merry Christmas season and a safe and prosperous New Year.