Sunday, April 4, 2010

Welcome Aboard

Please join me in welcoming to the blogosphere some pretty heavy hitters in the Civil War community.


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First up, is Dr. Tom Clemens, an expert on the Maryland Campaign and battle of Antietam, who has recently launched a blog in conjunction with the publication of Ezra Carman's The Maryland Campaign of September 1862: Vol. I, which Clemens brilliantly and meticulously edited and which will hit the shelves in May. Tom's blog can be found here.






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Next we have a rather unique approach, and one I am thrilled to see. . . .The Park Rangers at Fredericksburg-Spotsylvania National Military Park (including John Hennessy, Donald Pfanz, Frank O'Reilly, and Greg Mertz) have launched Mysteries and Conundrums: Exploring the Civil War-Era Landscape at Fredericksburg-Spotsylvania NMP in an Unofficial Sort of Way. As the blog's introductory message states: "Our purpose is, in part, to share with the public some of the work that makes our jobs so very interesting. At the same time, we know there are many people out there with lots of knowledge, sources, and additional information that will add to a better understanding of the landscape and resources we manage and interpret. This blog is an open invitation for you to join in and add to an exploratory process that, we hope, will enhance preservation of the battlefields in and around Fredericksburg."
Mysteries and Conundrums can be found here.




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Finally, let's welcome Scott Patchan, author, battlefield guide, and expert on the actions in the Shenandoah Valley. As Scott writes, his blog "will focus primarily on the 1864 Valley Campaign but will include other topics from time to time, including the “other” Valley Campaign, the Second Manassas Campaign, the Atlanta Campaign and other items that may be of interest to readers." In addition to his books on the Valley operation, Scott has a title coming out later this year on Second Manassas, which I am looking forward to. Scott's Blog, Shenandoah 1864, can be found here.

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