Thursday, February 25, 2010

Civil War Cavalry Conference in VA This Weekend

I thought I had posted about this long since. As originally posted on Eric's blog weeks ago, the 11th annual Civil War seminar at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia is this Saturday. The title of this year's seminar is "The Cavalry: Weapons, Leaders, and Battles." It is free of charge and open to the public.

The list of presenters is a veritable who's who of experts. Robert Dunkerly, one of the rangers at Appomattox, will present on horsepower and firepower. Eric Wittenberg will present on Sheridan, and Jeffry Wert on Jeb Stuart. Bud Hall will present on Brandy Station, and Scott Patchan will present on cavalry operations in the Shenandoah Valley in 1864. Wittenberg, Patchan and Hall are all due for new books in the not too distant future, so we may see and hear some new material as well. It looks to be a fantastic conference.

Due to a very understanding boss and a great deal of overtime recently, I will actually be able to attend this one. I'm really looking forward to it, and hope to see some of you there.

Thursday, February 18, 2010


Perhaps it's due to the infrequency of my posts of late, but I have recently become besieged by spam comments to several of my posts. Given that this isn't a widely read blog in the first place, these numbers are getting more and more rampant. Several posts are now receiving more than 30 such comments each per day. The post on Edwin S. Fitzhenry is currently leading, closely followed by Back in the Saddle and the Civil War Cavalry Forum, for those keeping score at home.

I selected comment moderation quite some time ago to keep the comments off the blog, but this currently means that my email inbox is flooding with all of these specious comments. Does anyone out there have any ideas that might help? It's getting to the point where I don't log onto the blog daily because I don't want to deal with the comments.