*As I did last year, I plan to look at the lives of civilians impacted by the war in Northern Virginia. I have a literal backlog of items to cover on this topic.
*I also want to continue discussing the units that manned the defenses of Washington, particularly in Northern Virginia, so look for more posts in what I call the "Defenders of Washington" series. I've started research on some of the regiments, but many more remain.
*It probably goes without saying that I will examine events that happened around Northern Virginia in 1863, the corresponding year of the Sesquicentennial. Of particular interest is my recent discovery of contraband camps that sprung up in Langley in late spring 1863. John S. Mosby really got going around here in 1863, so I may look at his activities from time to time.
*I have a lot of additional topics to cover concerning the early war in my neck of the woods, so bear with me as I periodically go back to 1861 and 1862. In fact, next week's post will talk about a famous participant in the Battle of Lewinsville.
*As usual, I plan to visit and report on Civil War sites both near and far. Here in Fairfax, for example, I just learned of a new property near Alexandria that is worth checking out. I also hope to make trips to Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. I'd like to visit before the big Sesqui crowds hit the scene. (I'm embarrassed to admit it, but I haven't been to Gettysburg in many years, so I am looking forward to that pilgrimage!) I will be sure to offer my readers thoughts on touring the famed battlefields.
*I will continue writing about my antique newspaper and book acquisitions. I have my eye on a few first editions and am saving up the cash. I hope that this year will bring a lot of welcome additions to my library.
*I've also been toying with the idea of writing a law review article on slavery and emancipation. If I do so, then I will report on the direction of my research.
This list is by no means exhaustive. And I also realize that some of these topics will take a bit of intensive research. In those instances, I may need to sacrifice the quantity of posts for the quality, so forgive me if I am not as prolific as I could be!
Some Odds and Ends
*My lecture to the McLean Historical Society on the Civil War encampments in McLean was video recorded and can be viewed here.
|Captiol, 1863, showing work on the statue of Freedom atop the dome (courtesy of USA Today)|