How much Civil War news have you missed in the last week? A lot.
This weekend, a special pull-out section in The Washington Post featured stories on the war between the fall of 1861 and the spring of 1862. Called “Ripples of War,” the section looks at how the war reshaped the federal government, the changing views on Gen. George McClellan, the plight of free blacks in Washington, the death of Lincoln’s son and more. See our roundup of those stories — as well as recent blog posts, upcoming events, and news from other publications — after the jump.
The special section included a piece on how the war shaped the federal government as we know it, the private grief of President Lincoln at the death in the White House of his lively and precocious son Willie, what life was like in Washington D.C. for free blacks, the complicated life and career of Gen. George McClellan and the passionate work of one man to have the Medal of Honor awarded to his great-great-grandfather.
Meanwhile, here on A House Divided, we reconvened our panel of experts and asked them to tell us which events between the battles of Ball’s Bluff and Shiloh had not received adequate attention. The answers, which were very individual, reflected a wide variety of topics. The experts included Harold Holzer, John Marszalek, Frank J. Williams, Waite Rawls, Dennis Frye and William Blair.
We told you about a new exhibit in South Carolina of religious artifacts including the Bibles belonging to Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson and the return of a Confederate regimental flag missing for more than 30 years.
Planning ahead: On Oct. 19, there are interesting, free evening events at churches in Pennsylvania and Virginia.
The Historic Christ Evangelist Lutheran Church in Gettysburg, Pa. offers a candle-lit service that includes Civil War period music, poetry, readings, sing-alongs and refreshments beginning at 8 p.m.
St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Petersburg, Va. will host a lecture on "First Ladies of the Civil War" at 7 p.m. as part of its ongoing sesquicentennial lecture series with speaker Kelly Hancock of the Museum of the Confederacy discussing Varina Davis and Mary Todd Lincoln.
Must reads from other publications:
The Times Union of Albany, NY, has a lengthy piece about Carlos Alvarez de la Mesa who came to this country to fight in the Civil War, joining the Spanish Company of the Garibaldi Guard, also known as the 39th New York Infantry Volunteers. He wrote more than 200 letters home during the war and then from Georgia where he worked for the Freeman’s Bureau. The letters were recently donated to the New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. by a descendant of de la Mesa.
The New York Times continues with its Disunion series with a piece titled, "The Southern Iron Man" about two Mississippi brothers who volunteered for the service together; one was killed and the other responded by becoming one of the fierce warrior.