Civil War 2017 Calendar
The Civil War 2017 wall calendar chronicles twelve of the war’s crucial actions through contemporary battlefield photographs, war-era engravings and photographs, along with extensive historical commentary. The calendar is photographed and written by Chris Heisey, the nation’s foremost Civil War battlefield photographer. Days of the week list birthdays of key officers and politicians of both the Blue and the Gray
Published by Tide-mark, the Civil War 2017 wall calendar opens to 13.25 x 20 inches.
Monuments and places pictured in the 2017 calendar include:
• North Carolina Memorial, South Mountain Boonsboro, Maryland
• Abraham Lincoln Statue, Gettysburg National Military Park
• Union General O.O. Howard Monument, East Cemetery Hill, Gettysburg National Military Park
• Ford’s Theater, Ford’s Theater National Historical Site
• Confederate Artillery, The Mule Shoe, Frederiscksburg/Spotsylvania National Military Park
• Vicksburg National Military Park
• Stonewall Jackson Monument, Manassas National Battlefield, Virginia
• 13th Michigan, Chickamauga National Military Park
• Kennedy Farm House, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
• Fort Hill Cemetery, Auburn, New York
• Jekyll Island, Georgia
• 1st Minnesota Memorial, Cemetery Ridge, Gettysburg National Military Park
Essays featured in the 2017 calendar consider:
• Confederate George Raab
• Abraham Lincoln and the Grief of Loss
• O.O. Howard: the Christian General
• John Wilkes Booth, the Assassination of the President
• Battle at Spotsylvania Court House
• Siege of Vicksburg
• Stonewall Jackson
• General Braxton Bragg
• John Cook and John Brown’s Raid
• William Henry Seward
• The Business of Slavery
• Serenity and Solace on Historic Battlefields
The Vision Place of Souls
Be still on a Civil War battlefield and you cannot help but be struck by the peaceful serenity that abounds on these sacred fields where more than
650,000 Americans killed one another a century and a half ago. It is not trite to say that this was a brother’s war. Many families north and south split over great issues that still haunt our politics. Did a national government have the right to tell states and territories whether they should have an economic system based on property slave holding or free labor market? Are all men created equal as our Declaration of Independence extolled in 1776 that was written by a Virginia slaveholder named Thomas Jefferson? Four score and five years later, the delicate political balance between the states North and South fractured into a civil war few thought would be so bloody.
Conventional wisdom on both sides when war erupted earnestly in July 1861, on Henry Hill along the banks of Bull Run at Manassas, Virginia, was that the contest would be short. For sure, the North had nearly a 3 to 1 male population advantage over the South to find soldiers to fight for the Union. And it is true that the mighty industrial capacity of the North dwarfed the agricultural based southern states. Yet, when Southerners fired the first cannon ball at Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina, those clad in gray were every bit confident that they had the martial prowess and moral courage to whip the Yankees. Never did they have to conquer or capture
Yankee armies, merely the Rebels had to keep an army in the field and Confederate independence was within grasp as the North grew ever more weary as the carnage of war marched on. However, after the war, the Lost Cause apologists trotted out the historical narrative that the South
only lost because of the heavy Yankee battalions that fought a ruthless war of attrition. “I think the North fought that war with one hand behind its back….,” the late and famed Mississippian Civil War writer
Shelby Foote quipped in Ken Burn’s documentary 25 years ago. “I don’t think the South ever had a chance to win that war.”
Truth be told the South did have several opportunities to win the war. That is what these sacred battlefields and historical sites of the war still
teach us. Eight months before Confederate surrender at Appomattox, President Abraham Lincoln felt his re-election remote and the war’s outcome in serious doubt. Battlefield losses at crucial times doomed the
Confederacy. “On great fields something stays. Forms change and pass; bodies disappear, but spirits linger to consecrate
ground for the vision place or souls…” Union General Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain of Maine said at Gettysburg after the war. Stand on South Mountain near Sharpsburg, Maryland, and your eyes will see snow gently falling where North Carolinians died in droves in 1862. Visit Ford’s Theater in Washington, DC, where tragedy oozes as many saw Booth kill Lincoln there in the war’s final act. Or make the journey to the serene shores of Jekyll Island, Georgia, where you can witness the sun rising gloriously and there you might realize just why the Civil War was fought so desperately for four long years by the Blue and the Gray.
About the Photographer and Author
Chris E. Heisey is America’s leading Civil War battlefield photographer and his evocative imagery has been published in more than 150 publications and media venues worldwide including National Parks Magazine, Civil War Monitor, and The History Channel. He has co-authored books entitled Gettysburg: This Hallowed Ground with Kent Gramm and In the Footsteps of Grant & Lee — The Wilderness through Cold Harbor with Gordon Rhea.
Currently, he is working on a book project with Gordon Rhea that encompasses all the great battlefields of the entire Civil War.
A native Pennsylvanian having grown-up an hour north of Gettysburg, he has traveled the country for the past 25 years gathering images at more than 365 hallowed American battlefields. In his career, he has received numerous awards for his imagery including four national merit citations and a Photo of the Century award. His work graces various places in the Visitor Center at the Gettysburg National Military Park. Passionate about saving our nation’s threatened battlegrounds, he works with several preservation organizations in their continuing quest to save the sanctity of our treasured battlefields which are threatened by unceasing suburban sprawl. He lives in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, and he works for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, as a photojournalist and writer.