Appomattox +150


If you have any knowledge at all of American history, then the word “Appomattox” can only mean one thing: the end of the Civil War in April 1865.

Unfortunately, that’s a slight exaggeration.  Yes, on the morning of April 9, 1865, Confederate General Robert E. Lee did meet with Federal Commander Ulysses S. Grant, and Lee surrendered his Army of Northern Virginia, ending the war in the dominant theater of combat.  But that didn’t entirely end the war.

A recreation of Grant's final interview with Lee

A recreation of Grant’s final interview with Lee

The morning after Lee’s surrender, Grant and Lee met again.  This time on horseback, for roughly 30 minutes.  During that conversation, Grant tried to persuade Lee to use his influence on the other generals still in the field – most notably General Joseph E. Johnston, in command of what remained of the Confederate armies in the Western Theater – to likewise surrender their forces and end the War once and for all.

As much as he wanted the war to be over, Lee did not have the authority to speak for the other armies.  And though Appomattox is remembered through the centuries as the end of the war, Johnston did not surrender until April 26, and sporadic fighting continued in locations around the country well into the spring of 1865.  And, then, of course, there’s the KKK…

I spent several days in Appomattox, VA earlier this month, and have just compiled several galleries of photos taken during the recreation of those historic events 150 years ago.

Visit the galleries here:

Here are just a few of artistic impressions of the occasion:

This Just caught my eye: April 04, 2015 at 02:45PM

For your #Easter weekend: Lindisfarne Priory

The cradle of Christianity in northern England (#Northumberland, to be precise)

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This Is Why I am “Driver49″

This is the 1949 Chevy Pickup that I got for myself back in 1999 when I sold to Gaylord Entertainment.  I don’t get to drive it much, it’s really a ridiculously impractical vehicle on today’s roads.  It starts to shake itself to death at about 55MPH.  I in the 15 years I’ve had this truck I have taken it on an interstate exactly once, and it was the scariest four miles I ever drove
But every spring, I take the truck across town in order to get my lawnmower serviced, and this year I went on a gorgeous beginning of spring day that just made driving an old truck with no radio a sheer pleasure.

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Sally Taylor at TEDx Nashville

I was actually a little disappointed in the line up at this year’s TEDx conference… the acronym stands for “Technology, Entertainment, Design” – but this year’s lineup was light on those three elements and heavy on social issues.
One notable exception was this presentation by Sally Taylor about “The Beautiful Dilemma of Our Separateness.”  It was an interesting take on art and perception that I cannot do justice to.  I’ll post the video when they make it available.
I chatted with Sally a bit at a reception the evening before the conference.  I did not know at the time that her parents are James Taylor and Carly Simon.  I wonder what difference it would have made if I had known… ?

Sally Taylor @ConsensesArt @TEDxNashville

Tennessee State Capitol Building

Arriving early for the TEDx Nashville event at TPAC this past Saturday, I had a few minutes to wander around before the festivitives started.  The rising sun shone brightly on the Tennessee State Capital building, I got this nice shot and let my camera convert it to a vintage B&W look.
Funny, but 21 years now I’ve been living in Nashville and I’ve still never been inside this building…

TN State Capitol, waiting for the opening of @TEDxNashville

More “Joy Of Making Music”
Rachel Ries

I had the good fortune to photograph Rachel Ries when she opened for Melissa Greener at Douglas Corner in Nashville last month:

Originally from South Dakota, Rachel has a very interesting background:

Rachel_Reis-P2130161Daughter of Mennonite missionaries, Rachel Ries hails from the inspiring, vast expanses of South Dakota, by way of Zaire. Her formative years were filled with Congolese spirituals, Mennonite hymns, Suzuki violin and The Carpenters. Currently splitting her time between rural Vermont and New York City, Rachel crafts sly and compassionate songs for the crooked hearted. With an electric guitar, clear voice and steady hand, she pulls the listener into her world of city grit, country dirt, and her open-eyed search for redemption and reason. Her songs are fine-tuned delicacy with a snarl and disarming candor. Proudly carrying the torch of her love for the domestic arts, Rachel’s homemade preserves and hand-stitched notebooks can often be found at shows, nestled amid the 180 gram vinyl, cds and t-shirts.

She also has a  cool new album, Ghost of A Gardner.

And good as her music is, I think this album cover art may be my favorite so far this year: I


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