Civil War

History on Display: The Gettysburg Cyclorama

September 27, 2013

Cycloramas were the I-Max of the nineteenth century. Viewers stood in the center of a specially constructed auditorium, surrounded by a huge cylindrical oil painting of an exciting historic event or dramatic scene. Sometimes the exhibit included music or a narration of the events. With or without a soundtrack, when you went to see a […]

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History, Myth, and the Gettysburg Address

August 16, 2013

Recently I’ve been working on a piece about the Gettysburg Address.* As always, I’ve done more research than required,** wandered down some interesting by-ways that were not relevant to the project, and had my preconceptions about the topic turned upside down and shaken. As always, My Own True Love has convinced me to remove some […]

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The First Memorial Day

May 27, 2013

My Own True Love and I just got home from a Memorial Day service in Grant Park.  It was held at the foot of a statue commemorating General John A.Logan. Before today, Logan on horseback was just another obscure Civil War statue. One I hadn’t paid much attention to. Never again. Like most Memorial Day […]

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A lagniappe

July 17, 2011

Dear Readers:  I’m guest-blogging today at Karen Elliot’s Blog:  Finding Your Way Through the Civil War Visit.  Say hi.  Sit a spell.

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Tough Broads of the Civil War

July 15, 2011

I’ve said it before:  If you hang out in Popular History Land, or even Book World these days, it’s impossible to ignore the American Civil War and its sesquicentennial. Civil War references are everywhere. The most recent bit of Civil War “stuff” to start my brain churning was a review of a new book by […]

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