This year will be a big year of historic anniversaries

It looks like this year is going to be a HUGE year for history geeks like me.

It will be the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.  There will be a lot of festivities here in Boston commemorating that event, especially because of the U.S.S. Constitution.

It will be the 150th anniversary of a great many Civil War events, including: the Battle of Mill Springs; the capture of Fort Henry and Fort Donelson; the Battle of Hampton Roads (U.S.S. Monitor vs. C.S.S. Virginia);  the Battle of Shiloh; the Peninsula Campaign; the Second Battle of Bull Run; the Battle of Antietam; the Battle of Perryville; the Battle of Fredericksburg; and last but definitely not least, the Battle of Stones River (Stones River National Battlefield is where I used to be a volunteer for the NPS).   I did not include links for everything because, frankly, I do not want to be here all day, and besides, some of these events have not been finalized yet.  But boy, are there going to be a lot of them.

It will be the 100th anniversary of the opening of Fenway Park here in Boston.

So yeah, it is going to be a bit busy and I am going to have to decide what events I actually might be able to attend.  But I think this should be the year that I really get my feet wet in regards to getting back into Civil War history.

-Geoff

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