Gettysburg Trip Day Two: Searching for Booth, a Visit to Antietam

The one thing I wanted to buy more than anything else on this trip is a bobblehead doll of John Wilkes Booth. Sure, I could purchase this novelty on Ebay, but I wanted to get it here because of the special location. There was much controversy surrounding the sale of these dolls, which I wrote…

Gettysburg Trip Day One; Some “Copperhead” Links

Well, we’re back at the hotel after a fantastic first day in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. I have been here at all different times of year, but this may have been the best weather I have ever experienced. There were overcast skies with temperatures in the low 60’s—it was almost chilly outside. For June, there really were…

My Annual Trip to Gettysburg

After much deliberation, we decided that we are going to make our annual vacation to Gettysburg next week, and will be there from June 18-20, before moving on to Lancaster and “Amish Country” for the three days after that. As I have said many times before on this blog, I first visited there when I…

View the Full Synopsis of “Copperhead”

Just to wet everyone’s appetites just a little bit more! We have all seen various snippets and brief synopses of what Copperhead is about, but below is the full one, which can be found on the film’s official website. As we begin to really follow this film, because production began today, now would be a…

Interview with Author and Historian J. David Petruzzi

What exactly constitutes someone being considered an “expert”? There are many qualities you can contrive in order to define the word, but I am pretty sure, that at the end of the day, no matter what you think of, historian and author J. David Petruzzi would always be considered one when it comes to the…

The Importance of the John Wilkes Booth Character to the New-Look “G & G”

Towards the end of the Extended Director’s Cut of Gods and Generals, is a very sophisticated scene, where Colonel Chamberlain (Jeff Daniels) and his wife Fanny (Mira Sorvino) meet the acting troupe fresh off a performance of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, in which world-renowned actor John Wilkes Booth plays the character of Brutus, who inserts…

The Civil War Serial Part Three: Bullets from the West

Part One: Hell at the Bloody Lane Part Two: Tent Flaps Stained Red “Bullets from the West” West Woods, near the Dunker Church Sharpsburg, Maryland September 17, 1862 The fighting in the Miller Cornfield was beginning to calm down when General Joseph Hooker of the Union’s I corps was shot in the foot. Calling an…

The Civil War Serial Part Two: Tent Flaps Stained Red

Read part one and the back-story behind this series here. “Tent Flaps Stained Red” Field Hospital of the Union I Corps Sharpsburg, Maryland “Mansfield’s gonna die, you know?” remarked a man in bloodied clothes acting as a surgeon’s assistant in a makeshift tent hospital that had quickly amassed an enormous quantity of wounded Union soldiers….

The Civil War Serial Part One: Hell at the Bloody Lane

Originally, I had no intentions of publishing this little story here on my blog. I posted it as a Facebook note yesterday afternoon and it was well recieved, so I figured I would give it a go here. It has long been my aspirations to write a novel on the battle of Antietam, or see…