The Picket Post
The quarterly newsletter of the McCormick Civil War Institute
Check out the latest news in the McCormick Civil War Institute’s quarterly issue of “The Picket Post.” This newsletter keeps you updated on all of the exciting things happening at the Civil War Institute, keeps you informed of various events sponsored by CWI, and lets you know about various ways you can support the Civil War Institute. “The Picket Post”contains two regular historical features — “Publication of Note” and “Artifact of the Quarter.”
Journal of the Shenandoah Valley During the Civil War Era
MCWI publishes Journal of the Shenandoah Valley During the Civil War Era annually. Essays examine a wide array of topics related to the Civil War era, broadly defined, in the Shenandoah Valley. The Journal is available for sale at a variety of bookstores, museums, and historic sites throughout the Shenandoah Valley. Additionally, it may be purchased online. All proceeds from the sale of Journals directly supports MCWI’s various programs, interpretive efforts at the University’s River Campus at Cool Spring Battlefield, and unique educational opportunities for our students.
The First Book Published by the McCormick Civil War Institute
Shenandoah University’s McCormick Civil War Institute has published its first book—one that chronicles a Union soldier’s wartime experience and his beliefs on war, politics and the homefront.
“So Much to Say” is an account of the Civil War experience of Robert Bradbury, a Union corporal in Battery D, the First Pennsylvania Light Artillery. The book includes 29 letters, 4 poems, 13 illustrations, five maps and 13 images.
The book is edited by Jonathan Noyalas, ’01 M.A., director of the McCormick Civil War Institute, and Charles Givens, a World War II veteran who began the original transcription and organization of the letters years ago. Givens, who died in 2001, is the father of Harriet Johnston, a Pennsylvania resident who donated Bradbury’s letters to the institute in spring of 2019. Bradbury was the grandfather of Johnston’s aunt by marriage.
Noyalas, who has read thousands of letters from Civil War soldiers, called Bradbury’s collection unique and one of the richest he’s seen. Not only does Bradbury document the happenings of the battlefield, but he also chronicles current events and the politics of the time, such as President Lincoln’s assassination and Jefferson Davis’ capture.