This week past, we told you about James “Bud” Robertson’s excellent new book,“The Untold Civil War Stories: Exploring the Human Side of the War” and that you can him talk about it Wednesday at the National Geographic headquarters and about about the 150th anniversary of the Medal of Honor and the discovery of a slave burial ground on a Florida plantation.

Planning ahead: March 22, 2012, may seem like a distant date but the fourth of the Signature Conferences sponsored by the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission will fill up quickly. Registration is limited to 500. The March event will be held at the Virginia Military Institute and includes Civil War historians Gary Gallagher, Mark Neely, Carol Reardon, Jeffrey Wert and Joan Waugh among others. The price is $15.

Must reads from other publications:

The New York Times’ continuing Disunion series has a fascinating article about “one of the greatest guerrilla plots of the Civil War” which was put into motion 150 years ago this month. Aaron Astor writes about a large group of Union loyalists who planned to destroy nine railroad bridges in Tennessee and Alabama to sever important rail road connections between Virginia and the heart of the Confederacy.