Friday, May 15, 2009

2009 Civil War Traveler features John Brown

"Saint or madman? Murderer or Liberator? Martyr or Devil? Terrorist or Freedom-fighter?"

Dennis Frye explores these questions 150 years after John Brown's Raid in the new issue of Civil War Traveler, published this week.

Frye is the chief historian at the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and the chairman of the quad-state John Brown Raid Sesquicentennial Committee.

Free copies of the Traveler will be available at major welcome centers and Civil War sites in the mid-Atlantic states by Memorial Day — and are being distributed there starting today.

If you made an advance order for a mailed copy via, it will be sent via the USPS in the next day or two. If you would like to order a copy, the cost is $6 including postage. Here is the direct link for ordering.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Latest podcast: New Market battlefield

A free audio podcast tour of the New Market battlefield is the 17th podcast at

Fought in Virginia's beautiful Shenandoah Valley, the May 15, 1864, Battle of New Market won lasting fame for 257 Virginia Military Institute cadets, who helped a pick-up group of Confederates turn back a Union offensive. New Market Battlefield State Historical Park director Scott Harris narrates this nine-stop walking tour.

Posted May 9, the new podcast is just in time for those planning to attend the annual reenactment on the historic battlefield May 15-17 this year.

"Scott brings an intimate knowledge of the battlefield and a gift for storytelling to this tour," says Don Pierce, editor. "He brings this dramatic story to life."