I am John Hennessy, recently retired as Chief Historian at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, where for 26 years I swam in the turbulent waters of public history as they related to the Civil War. This site, Remembering, embodies much of my writing about public history over the years. It is also where I will share my thoughts and discoveries as I make my journey through history in the post-retirement world–as I start to work on what I hope will be a number writing projects. Posts here will touch on the things that are engaging me at the moment, from the Fredericksburg region, public, history, Manassas, and my work on the Army of the Potomac. I’ll share updates on my projects and perhaps solicit some opinions on some sticky historical subjects.
In my NPS days, I also wrote extensively for the park’s popular blog, Mysteries and Conundrums. That site is a gold mine of information on the challenges and discoveries attendant to managing a complex historical landscape like Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania NMP. You can find it here: https://npsfrsp.wordpress.com