Monthly Archives: June 2013

A reminder and a notice

Just a couple of days left to enter the book giveaway, so if you haven’t picked your number yet, better get to it.

Now, do you guys remember that article about battlefield sketch artists that National Geographic ran last year? It inspired a group of young filmmakers to produce a short Civil War film; one of them contacted me via e-mail, and it sounds like a pretty neat project.

They’ve got a Kickstarter page to raise the money they need to finish it. Here’s the scenario:

As the early days of the American Civil War begin to unfold, battle sketch artist Cale Bacall travels with a regiment of eager yet inexperienced Confederate soldiers into hostile combat, where he must come to terms with his own conflicting ideologies on war and death at the hands of his fellow countrymen. His loyalties are complicated, however, when he recognizes a long lost face from his past, fighting for the Union. It is the face of a cunning and battle hardened soldier who he hasn’t seen since he was a young boy — his twin brother.

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Pivotal moments in the Civil War at the East Tennessee History Center

The Museum of East Tennessee History will debut a new Civil War exhibit tomorrow.  “Of Sword and Pen: Pivotal Moments in Civil War East Tennessee” features Andrew Johnson’s desk, original documents, and contemporary sketches.    They’re hosting a preview tonight with a lecture by Ed Ayers at 7:30, so if you’re in the Knoxville area you might want to check it out.

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Burgoyne’s surrender site is now part of a national park

Not the site where his army surrendered, but the spot where Burgoyne himself turned his sword over to Gates.

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