Newest article, image or etc. stuff at top:
4/26/13 - Posted Stormtrooper.
4/24/13 - According to a Facebook ad, Reb Vets Return to School. Well that's nice to know.
4/18/13 - I am pleased to announce that the reenactment of the atomic bombing of Japan political flap is alive and well! Click here- scroll to bottom. You'd think that reenactors, of all people, would learn from the past - but no.
4/8/13 - Added Conan O'Brien Becomes a Civil War Reenactor.
4/2/13 - Added Fly Reb to the Army of the Potomac Enemy Recognition Manual #TR-10A.
2/14/13 - Added What Do Modern Day Americans Think of Abraham Lincoln? to Lincolnia. As to the knowledgable quality of the survey responses, I shall but invoke William Tecumpseh Sherman's "Vox populi, vox humbug." My thanks to Jonathan Steplyk for calling this to my attention.
1/23/13 - Nathaniel Grigsby Blames Democrats for Lincoln's Death. At least I think I can characterize it this way...
1/16/13 - Jonathan Steplyk, a reenactor I know from Facebook but have never met, called my attention to a wonderful 1922 portrait of Ulysses S. Grant by N.C. Wyeth. I have never seen it before! So, needless to write, it must be posted here. This is the full length black and white image from the Library of Congress website. This is the color image from the Internet. And look! William T. Sherman, too (also from 1922)! And check out this amazing 1942 letter art by Cracked artist John Severin...
1/4/13 - As a part of the general fixing up that I've been doing around here, I added some more of Charles W. Reed's brilliant Hardtack and Coffee line drawings to the various feature pages.
1/2/13 - Last month one of the greats departed: Bill Keitz obit.
12/29/12 - After sixteen years I figure it's time to spruce up the site a little and make it display more in accordance with the 21st C. world and its wider monitors. So I have added a new front page and reformatted all the .html pages so that they display in the middle of the monitor at a readable text length. Old dogs can indeed learn new tricks. Is it fully compatible with the mobile world? Well - more than it was. I think.
Truth to tell, despite the fact that I have created and posted literally hundreds of web pages, I am ill at ease with HTML and CSS coding (as any HTML or CSS validator will quickly tell you). I like content, not coding. Happy New Year!
12/3/12 - Posted Santa's Living the Dream; this is a Christmas card I once got from a reenactor... Also added From Cotton to Tee Shirts: The Role of Cotton in the Civil War.
11/30/12 - Posted Lincoln in theatres to Lincolnia. Also, posted Catharsis, Revision and Re-Enactment: Negotiating the Meaning of the American Civil War.
11/28/12 - Posted Colorized Lincoln to Lincolnia. Also, posted Bang, Bang, You're History, Buddy, The Skirmish Will Be Followed By a Ladies' Tea and Buff, as in Civil War (a tortured essay about a four letter word).
11/27/12 - Posted Historical Re-enactment, Extremity and Passion by Jonathan Lamb of Vanderbilt University.
11/26/12 - For some odd reason this Yankee has gotten involved in the question What Did the Rebel Yell Really Sound Like? (It must have been my use of "y'all" in the last update note that did it.)
11/23/12 - Posted At Civil War commemoration, reenacting the battle for souls and Reenactors Reliving Glories They Never Had and The reenactment: How do the "soldiers" know when to die? Hope y'all had a good Thanksgiving!
11/20/12 - Jonah Begone - Exposed! The reenacting world yawns...
11/15/12 - Warning to all skinheads wearing Confederate flag-themed wife-beaters: Beware of Zwanna.
9/19/12 - Okay, here's something you really ought to read if you're a reenactor: Dr. Cathy Stanton's Being the Elephant, her 1997 anthropological look at the reenacting hobby. It's a wonderful read. The quality of its research is guaranteed since - ahem! - she used me as a source and quotes me. :) It's a 28.2 MB .pdf, so it'll take a while to load.
6/8/12 - Posted An 1862 Stryker unit.
4/24/12 - Posted The wine you drink after your first reenactment.
2/17/12 - Posted What Actually Happened With Smedley D. Butler And Stonewall Jackson's Arm? Also, added an entry to Stu Zelman's The Civil War/World War II Connection (scroll to bottom).
1/26/12 - Thanks to Mal Stylo, I added a hilarious article to the Iowa Graybeards article (scroll down). Snot, waterboarding and an absolute failure of a commanding officer!
1/25/12 - Hey! A home for all middle-aged reenactors: The Iowa Graybeards. Nothing (outside of women) screws up an overall impression like seeing a bunch of old guys in what's supposed to be an authentic Civil War regiment. Here's a sensible option...
1/6/12 - Happy New Year! Added an entry to Stu Zelman's The Civil War/World War II Connection (scroll to bottom).
12/7/11 - Added Capt. A. Lincoln's signature found in Black Hawk War papers .
11/30/11 - Added War Between the States Radio - Civil War audio 24X7X365.
10/19/11 - Added an entry to Stu Zelman's The Civil War/World War II Connection (scroll to bottom). Also, for sadistic little Reb kids, here's the Andersonville Prison Play Set. Deny the little plastic Union figures blankets and food! Also added Confessions of a Rookie Re-Enactor.
9/30/11 - Well, if you hate war (and I assume you do), here's something encouraging: Battle Deaths, 1940's to today.
8/18/11 - First Bull Run (or, if you prefer, First Manassas): It was always hot! The 1861 Version ("sweltering heat"). The 1961 Version. The 1986 Version (part one). The 1986 Version (part two). The 2011 Version. All articles from the Washington Post. There will probably be a 175th anniversary battle reenactment in 2036. Guess what? It, too, will be hot. It's the state's way of saying, "Hi! Welcome to Virginia! Enjoy the heat exhaustion!"
8/16/11 - Added an entry to Stu Zelman's The Civil War/World War II Connection (scroll to bottom).
8/9/11 - Posted what I think is a clever and subtle Civil War ghost story: The Soldier Boy's Ghost.
6/9/11 - Posted Confederates on the Rhine.
6/2/11 - Posted Civil War Buff Grant. Yeah, baby... the man had GUNS.
5/26/11 - Posted Bruce Catton's excellent The Drummer Boy of the Rappahannock - a minor literary gem. I am impressed with Catton's attitude about the Civil War as reflected in his many books. While he writes with great insight and feeling, he never allows himself to become maudlin or sentimental. He is, above all, a professional journalist and a realist. You can see that in this excerpt.
4/12/11 - Ross Kimmel sent me a photo of four members of the 2nd North Carolina at Appomattox, 1965. I have placed it here (scroll to bottom).
3/1/11 - I am uncertain of the exact day, but I know it was in March 1996 that I first posted JonahWorld! to the World Wide Web, so it has now been fifteen years. I'm an Internet pioneer!
1/13/11 - Added an entry to Stu Zelman's The Civil War/World War II Connection (scroll to bottom).
1/11/11 - Added Cap Lincoln, an indispensible addition to the Lincoln culture.
1/3/11 - Yanks versus Dinosaurs.
12/8/10 - Added an entry to the The Civil War/World War II Connection (Helen Longstreet - scroll to bottom). And since it is once again the Christmas season, I draw your attention to the Christmas articles. Merry Christmas!
11/9/10 - Back in 1962 even the kiddies could commemorate the Civil War! Added Civil War guns (from the 1962 Sears Christmas catalog), Civil War cannon (from the 1962 Sears Christmas catalog), Civil War metal soldier casting set (from the 1962 Sears Christmas catalog), Civil War tents (from the 1962 Sears Christmas catalog), Civil War uniforms (from the 1962 Sears Christmas catalog).
8/2/10 - Added Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
7/20/10 - Added Playmobil Gettysburg. It's looks more promising than the film with the live actors...
6/16/10 - Added Lincoln wrestling bears (from a tee-shirt design). Really, is there anything Old Abe couldn't do?
5/31/10 - Added CSA dagger.
5/6/10 - Added a link to An Illusion So Real: Civil War Reenactors.
4/28/10 - Added Rock band.
2/23/10 - Added 1964 Sears Yank and Reb uniforms - you know you want one. (By the way, I approve of the poses, where it looks like the junior Yank is about to take the junior Reb prisoner.) Also added the 1964 Sears Civil War battle set; I would like to have this!
2/12/10 - Added The Second Coming - just in time for President's Day.
1/4/10 - Added an entry to the The Civil War/World War II Connection.
12/9/09 - Posted Studio Macbeth's Digital Abe Lincoln images. Interesting and eerie.
10/14/09 - Posted The Dukes of Fallujah.
10/13/09 - THIS IS GOOD! I have posted a video I got from Ross Kimmel to youtube... "A Day in the Life of a Confederate Soldier," filmed in the Summer of 1965 (!) and starring the 2nd North Carolina, one of the first authentic reenactment units. Part One, Part Two. Take a look - I think you will be favorably surprised at the quality of this little production.
09/29/09 - Posted a link to The Civil War/World War II Connection.
09/21/09 - Posted a link to Reenacting the American Civil War in the U.K.
09/09/09 - Posted The Grand Peace Jubilee of 1869.
8/31/09 - Posted Civil War - The Untold Story. Lee with tentacles... I thought as much...
6/30/09 - Posted Ulysses Begone and his iPhone at the Battle of New Market.
5/29/09 - Posted Mr. Show: The Civil War Re-Enactments.
4/3/09 - Posted an update to the Mormon Battalion page.
3/6/09 - Posted a Map of Civil War heritage sites - in Liverpool, England.
2/27/09 - Added a section from a book I'm reading to my little page about "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down."
1/22/09 - Added a link to The Museum of Abraham Lincoln Photographs, Miniature Paintings and More to my Lincolnia page.
1/9/09 - I want to call your attention to this link: John Tenniel and the American Civil War. Good stuff.
12/27/08 - Posted A Collection of Civil War Humor.
12/23/08 - Posted a link to an article about a 1937 Battle of the Crater reenactment.
12/15/08 - Posted Promotion Time!
11/6/08 - Posted Boy Scouts With Muskets by an English Correspondent.
11/5/08 - Posted Reenacting the American Civil War in Great Britain by an English Correspondent.
11/3/08 - Last night I saw the alleged film "Two Thousand Maniacs!" (1964) by Herschell Gordon Lewis, a sort of redneck/neo-Confederate version of Brigadoon with gratuitious gore. When I heard "Rebel Yell" (the theme song), I knew it belonged here on JonahWorld! (NOTE: That part where a cat yells is a sequence where a kid puts a noose around a cat's neck and chokes him...) Also, posted Frank Wilkeson's most excellent How Men Die in Battle, from his recollections. He was an artillerist in the Army of the Potomac.
10/24/08 - I have updated my Reenactor's Movie Guide III to reflect seeing the 1962 Sophia Loren film "Madame Sans-Gêne."
10/1/08 - Okay, here's a good one. Eleven years ago I (and many others) helped Cathy Stanton with her M.A. thesis, "Being the Elephant: The American Civil War Reenacted." It's good stuff - a major work about reenacting and reenactors. Many insights. She finally posted it to the Internet where you may read it (it's in .pdf form). The link is HERE; it's about a 9 MB file. Excellent reading. Read it! You'll be glad you did.
8/28/08 - Posted a link for "How the South Was Lost," a hilarious youtube video.
8/18/08 - Posted "Let's End the Civil War!" from 1962, an interesting little article about the dawn of modern CW commemorative activity.
8/11/08 - My son Ulysses Begone assures me that all the hip and with-it webmasters make links open new windows when clicked. So I have done that throughout JonahWorld! Also ran a link checker afterwards and removed some dead links.
8/1/08 - Posted Oval sticker.
7/15/08 - Posted "My 15 Minutes Out of the Attic."
7/11/08 - Posted "Once More... With Feeling: Reenactment in Contemporary Art and Culture."
7/3/08 - Merrie Melodies' "Confederate Honey" (1940). Priceless.
7/2/08 - I review "C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America" (2004), a mockumentary.
5/21/08 - Posted The Lee Stooges. Mal Stylo returns!
5/5/08 - Posted Cardboard cartridge box (as used at a reenactment).
4/14/08 - Posted Monty comic strip
4/8/08 - Posted You Might Be Obsessed With Gettysburg If...
2/26/08 - Posted Flight Deck cartoon (Photoshoppped by a friend).
1/29/08 - Posted Not all Civil War trivia is factual!
1/23/08 - Posted The Outer Limits Meets Gettysburg. (I've been to events like that. And I've seen Confederates who look like meatloaves...)
1/8/08 - As a misty-eyed retrospective, I have posted The Good and the Bad of the 125th Anniversary Events. Also, a previously unpublished Mal Stylo diskette comes to light: The Wartime Journal of Mal Stylo!
1/1/08 - Normally I clear out this page every year but this year, since I am now doing reenacting again, I think I'll leave the 2007 updates linked here... Happy new Year!
12/10/07 - Added Four for Freedom: America's First Abolitionists.
11/27/07 - Added Abe Lincoln Cherished Myths.
11/21/07 - Eli Whitney. Everyone knows that his invention of the cotton gin indirectly caused the Civil War because it made cotton a viable crop, right? (I've been reading that for decades.) Wrong. Added a book excerpt to my short cotton gin article here.
11/5/07 - Posted The Five Worst Events I Have Ever Done.
10/11/07 - I know it's a little early in the season (I haven't even gotten out the tree), but, awww... what the heck? Posted The Rebel Christmas Song by Gary Edmisten. More heart-warming Christmas stuff here.
10/9/07 - Posted Rebel raider disguised in hoop skirt - a rip-snorter of a tale!
9/26/07 - Posted Troop Surge.
9/13/07 - Posted Some Notes on New Millennium Reenacting.
9/11/07 - Posted Eating Crow.
8/14/07 - Added Lincoln's Doppleganger.
8/13/07 - Added The Sundered Banner.
6/25/07 - NOTE: There are a lot of articles and writing on JonahWorld!, not all of which I myself wrote. I think the majority of the content comes from somewhere else. I credit it wherever possible, however sometimes I have to write something like, "Found on the Internet" when I don't know the source. So, if it doesn't say, "by Jonah Begone" somewhere in the article, I didn't write it.
5/17/07 - Added Change the past.
5/15/07 - Added Lincoln's Burial (and Re-burials).
5/1/07 - Added Reenacting as Religion.
4/10/07 - Added Two Photographic Imponderables.
2/14/07 - It being 2007, we're going to hear a lot about Jamestown, Virginia in 1607. But is this really where America began? TAKE MY SURVEY! When and Where Did America Begin?
1/29/07 - Posted Re-enactor presents Civil War medicine as it was.
1/24/07 - It occurs to me that reenactors might like Wondermark, a strip combining 19th C. art with modern humor.
1/3/07 - Happy new year! Posted Conflict of Interest.