So for the first time in over thirty years I'm playing major hooky in tax season. I'm hitting the road tomorrow to head to Appomattox. The famous conference between Grant and Lee took place on the ninth and the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia was spread over the next three days. The 12th was the big day when the infantry stacked arms.
This will be my fourth real time sesquicentennial event and I am going to try to do some live blogging. We'll see how it goes. Here is a round-up of my previous real time coverage.
Gettysburg Interlude - Understanding Historiography
September 17 Remember America's Bloodiest Day
Searching For A Little Piece Of New Jersey In Virginia
Gettysburg Braces For Invasion
Hopes Of Our Country Were On Our Bayonets
Did Doris Kearns Goodwin Blow It At Gettysburg?
Gettysburg Day 1 - First Shot - Where Fate Meets History
Gettysburg Day 1 - Passing Into Legend And History With The Iron Brigade
Gettysburg Day 1 - Through The Streets To Cemetery Hill
Gettysburg Day 2 - Heading Into Action
Gettysburg Day 2 - Worst Ground I Ever Seen
Gettysburg Day 2 - The Advantage Of Moving Down The Hill
Walking In Armistead's Footsteps 150 Years Later - Gettysburg Day 3 - Pickett's Charge
The Most Glorious Fourth
Gettysburg 150 Thank You National Park Service
Live From Gettysburg Address Sesquicentennial
Justice Antonin Scalia Led High Point Of Gettysburg Ceremonies
At Antietam I ran into some guys who called themselves real timers. They were trying to be at as many key events as possible and were swapping stories about Bull Run. I did not run into any of them at Chancellorsville, where frankly I was not really real time or Gettysburg, which I covered about as well as is humanly possible. They must have all been at Vicksburg.
Anyway, my covivant concluded that I am actually the only real timer, but I'm sure its not true.