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Video: Where are the black Civil War reenactors?

I produced this clip for my J-school class in the fall. As a print monkey I had no experience with video, but somehow I cobbled together a cohesive string of images, dialog and background audio that made sense. Civil War reenactors are always happy to be pictured and will talk up a storm if you … Continue reading

“Stonewall” Jackson, still controversial 150 years on

My May 2013 story on Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson ran on several websites, including Alternet and Southern Partisan. It generated a string of rabid commentary in favor and against Jackson on the Raw Story site (since deleted). Who knew I was going to re-start the Civil War? These days the first thing that comes up when … Continue reading

First major Civil War battle at Manassas / Bull Run

The United States is marking the 150th anniversary of its 1861-1865 Civil War with a series of events nationwide. Huge crowds from the Washington D.C. area flocked to nearby Manassas on the weekend of July 26 to watch nearly 9,000 re-enactors wearing in heavy wool period uniform re-enact the first major encounter of the war. … Continue reading