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Civil War 2018 Calendar

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The Civil War  2018 wall calendar chronicles the war’s most crucial actions with striking color imagery, vintage period photos and thoughtful commentary, essays that touch on the war’s lasting legacy. Civil War is written and photographed by Chris Heisey, America’s leading 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 2018 wall calendar opens to 13.75 x 20.50 inches.

 

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.

 

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