Small stories that don’t warrant full posts on their own:
- A big chunk of Burnside’s Bridge at Antietam National Battlefield spalled off recently. The National Park Service will be making repairs this coming spring and summer, but money is tight. Folks who would like to donate to this effort can send checks to Antietam National Battlefield / P.O. Box 158 / Sharpsburg, MD 21782. Make the check payable to “Antietam National Battlefield” and (important!) be sure to mark in the notation line that it is for Burnside’s Bridge. The NPS will be updating the status of repair work on their Facebook page.
- The six-square-block cemetery complex on Broadway in Galveston may soon be added to the National Register. That’s great news, because with the possible (but not certain) exception of the State Cemetery in Austin, I don’t think there’s any patch of ground in this state that more historic persons-per-acre than that one. Just among CW folks there’s Louis T. Wigfall and John Bankhead Maguder, plus lots more of more specific, local interest.
- A new play at the City Center Stage II in Manhattan, “Row After Row,” looks at three Civil War reenactors in a “likable comedy-drama reveals that these hyperactive history buffs are just normal folk like the rest of us, with job troubles, love troubles, life troubles — but with a predictable quirk or two.” Runs through February 16.
- Every True Southron™ knows that the Museum of the Confederacy is a shameful disaster, infested with political correctness and run by traitorous scallawags. They think this, place, though, looks awesome!
- Congratulations to Temple, Texas resident Brian Floca, whose book Locomotive just won the Randolph Caldecott Medal for the year’s most distinguished American picture book for children (top). Locomotive tells the story of a family traveling from Omaha to Sacramento on the newly-finished Transcontinental Railroad in 1869. Go buy it now.
- And why, exactly, do Zouaves get all the action?
- Are you interested in having Justin Bieber’s green card revoked and having him deported? If so, sign here.
- An old issue of The Daybook, a publication of the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, has some neat CW-related stories that I recently discovered. Go have a look (PDF).
- A self-described Bigfoot tracker is coming to Houston to display the corpse of a Sasquatch he claims he shot in San Antonio (!) in 2012. He will not be answering questions about the last time he did that in 2008, when the corpse turned out the be a ratty-ass gorilla suit frozen in a block of ice and he publicly admitted the hoax. This one’s totally real, dood. Totally.
- Alexandria, Virginia has repealed a city ordinance requiring certain streets to be named after famous Confederates.
- Over at Talking Points Memo, Josh Marshall has a nice essay about Pete Seeger and his place in a musical arc that spans from Lead Belly to Woodie Guthrie to Bob Dylan to Bruce Springsteen.
- Speaking of Springsteen, the Governor of New Jersey needs to face the fact that his love for the Boss is an unrequited one:
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