Small stories that don’t warrant full posts of their own:
- The U.S. Department of the Interior recently named 27 new historic landmarks, including Admiral Farragut’s gravesite in New York and Black Jack Battlefield in Douglas County, Kansas, where abolitionist John Brown’s forces fought a pro-slavery contingent led by Henry Clay Pate.
- Jeanette Keith’s Fever Season, about the 1878 yellow fever epidemic in Memphis, doesn’t really sound like a fun read — but it does sound like an important one.
- So if you’re making a CW-themed movie about, oh, I don’t know — say, the sixteenth president — where do you go to get a dozen pieces of authentic artillery for the film set? Charlie Smithgall of Lancaster, Pennsylvania is your man.
- Margaret Mitchell’s novel Gone with the Wind is hugely popular in Pyongyang.
- Ann “Little Rebel” DeWitt observes that “the movie Lincoln disappoints Lincoln fans. As it turns out the movie isn’t much about slavery, but about Lincoln.” No, I don’t know what that means, either.
- The last known “real son” of a Confederate veteran living in Texas, Marion Wilson, died on Amarillo on November 11. He was 99.
- Winslow Homer’s “Home, Sweet Home” (above) is one of the pieces shown in the new exhibit, “The Civil War and American Art,” at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington.
- Looks like Alabama’s leading advocate for secession is some dude from Mobile who used to run a topless car wash.
- Channing Tatum (Dave’s kin?), star of “Magic Mike” (never heard of it) is supposedly the “Sexiest Man Alive” (um, OK), and apparently has a Confederate ancestor. Isn’t that special?
- Coy Matthew Hamilton may think twice next time about pilfering bones from a Civil War battlefield. (h/t Michael Lynch)
- This year is the 50th anniversary of Topps Civil War News trading cards.
- Archaeologists in Fredericksburg have unearthed a trove of historical materials in a previously-buried cellar.
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