The Next Big Flag in Virginia

Please help find Lilly Baumann.

Another Battle for Atlanta … Won?

This week marks the 150th anniversary of the battles around Atlanta (I’ll have something to say about that later). Yesterday, on the 150th anniversary of what is called the Battle of Atlanta, came this announcement concerning the moving of the Atlanta Cyclorama from Grant Park to the Atlanta History Center.

This may put an end to discussion about the ultimate fate of the cyclorama. Indeed, it appears that the new space will offer an opportunity to restore the cyclorama to its original dimensions, including the restoration of panels that had not been part of the Grant Park exhibition.

I’ve been to the cyclorama several times, and it is very impressive. The display at Grant Park was somehow more intimate that the display of the Gettysburg Cyclorama, but then again there was not quite the demand to see it. This seems a fitting way to mark the sesquicentennial of the event it portrays.

(h/t Rob Baker)

Jen Murray on the Gettysburg National Military Park

I have always found the evolution of the Gettysburg National Military Park to be a fascinating topic, and Jen Murray’s new bookOn a Great Battlefield: The Making, Management, and Memory of Gettysburg National Military Park, 1933–2012, provides a terrific examination of that process. Here she is offering a presentation based on that book at this year’s Sacred Trust lectures at Gettysburg earlier this month.