Small stories that don’t warrant full posts of their own:
- The 2015 Lincoln Funeral Train Project (above) is facing a big fundraising challenge, but it will be a remarkable commemoration if they can pull it off.
- In Ohio, volunteers are working to document evidence of the Civil War prison camp at Johnson’s Island.
- A U.S. Senate candidate in Kentucky attends a rally and gives a fiery speech in support of states’ rights; afterward swears he had no idea it was a rally for the legalization of cockfighting. Even Joe Scarborough can’t get his head around how that happens.
- A monument to Robert E. Lee was vandalized in Charlottesville. This doesn’t help whatever cause you think you’re pushing, dumbasses.
- The bronze Union soldier atop a GAR monument in Sioux Falls, South Dakota disappeared back in the 1960s, but his head has returned.
- Comic Jim Gaffigan has a theory about why we southerners move slowly.
- I’m only halfway through Matthew Goodman’s Eighty Days, but it’s a wild romp, made better by being true.
- The Thomas Jackson Letters is a collection of correspondence from a British-born ropemaker in Reading, Pennsylvania, who wrote extensively during the war to encourage his former countrymen to abandon their support of the Confederacy.
- Still no resolution on getting the conservation lab for artifacts from U.S.S. Monitor going again.
Got any more? Put ‘em in the comments below.