Dear Reader(s) – It’s been pretty quiet over here. There’s been a lot of Life happening, which has kept me from historical-themed exploits (unless you count another rewatching of Turn…). In the meantime, I’ve curated a small abundance of miscellaneous links for you to check out. Enjoy!
Culpeper State Park – Virginia’s Department of Conservation and Recreation are looking into creating a national park around the Brandy Station and Cedar Mountain Battlefields. The article is slightly dated now (Feb 2019) but goes into a lot of the different groups advocating for this, including the American Battlefields Trust (formerly the Civil War Preservation Trust). The site of the largest cavalry battle in the Western Hemisphere? Yeah, I think that should be a park. Also, there’s a nice little ice cream shop up the street from here….
Reenacting the Past – A lot of pictures of a lot of different types of reenactments, from World War II to the Crusades to Vietnam. The pictures are really good.
Revolutionary Women – In honor of Women’s Month, here’s a brief description of eleven different women featured at the Museum of the American Revolution. I’ve wanted to go through the MoAR focusing only on women, but it just hasn’t happened yet and I keep getting distracted by other things. This might be the best you get.
Women’s History Month Book Club – Again through the MoAR, this link has a bunch of different books by and about women. I haven’t read any of them so I can’t actually vouch for anything, but the people over at MoAR tend to know what they’re talking about.
Inside the Weird World of Historical Reenactors – A journalist type person sort of analyzes historical reenactors, some of the tension cause between them and academics (ie, who does “real” history?), why reenactors do what they do, etc. It’s kind of a lighter take on the Civil Wargasm chapter of Confederates in the Attic, by Tony Horowitz.
History Lost? The Art of Civil War Reenactment is Slowly Fading Away – There are several factors at play here – younger recruits are fewer and far between, and there’s lately been a national discussion about all things Civil War that doesn’t help make Civil War reenacting look all that appealing.
His Excellency, George Washington
Historians Fight Back as TV raids their Research Treasures for its shows – If you hadn’t noticed, there’s an abundance of historical fiction shows on TV, from Turn to Outlander to Peaky Blinders, and the list goes on. A lot of academic research historians have been consulted by the production teams of these shows (either for costuming or culture or other time period ephemera, etc) but they don’t necessarily get credit by the show for all the work they had done and shared. This is actually something I’d wondered about. Shame on those production companies.
A Pioneering WWII Veteran Died Alone – An article about the life of Bertha Dupre, who joined the Women’s Army Corps and was part of the only battalion of all African-American women to be deployed in Europe. She had no known family when she died so her community came together to give her a hero’s sendoff.
Finally, a clip from a film about WASPs – Women Air Service Pilots, an elite group of women trained to free men for the front lines. I forgot if this was a crowd-funded type of film or if this had more cinematic power behind it, but it looks good and WASPs should not be forgotten.