Thank you so much for taking the time to educate our students
about the role of a [Civil War] journalist. I must
say, you were a hit. The students enjoyed your costume and thought
your presentation was both informative and entertaining. We
hope to see you again next year. --- Jamie Groves, Centennial
High School History Teacher
Dear Mr. Finney,
That was a very cool presentation that the four of you did.
I have chosen to write to you because you were the most interesting.
I liked that you knew a little bit about every aspect of the
war and could comment on everything that was said. I also must
commend your skill as both artist and actor. I can see how individuals
such as yourself could make Civil War reenactments seem like
the real thing. --- Bryan, Centennial High School Student
More than a week after The Civil War Revisited, we are still
receiving phone calls and letters from people
telling us about their wonderful experience at the event! There
is no doubt that the living history weekend exceeded expectations
-- on behalf of the Board and Staff, I would like to thank you
for helping to bring the Civil War era to life! --- Christina
Perryman, Fresno Historical Society
Congratulations on being featured in The Bakersfield Californian
Class Acts section. I really enjoyed reading about the
Summer on the Front Lines reenactment [140th Gettysburg event].
What a wonderful and nostalgic article.
I hope your enthusiasm
for history continues to grow as it is clearly presented in
this article. Your students are very fortunate to have such
a passionate historian as yourself for a teacher. I wish you
many more historical adventures! --- Dr. Jean Fuller, Superintendent,
Bakersfield City School District
James Allen Davis of Harper's Weekly displaying his recently completed sketches at the Gettysburg reenactment
Dear Mr. Finney,
Thank you for coming down and taking time away from your busy
day to talk to us about the Civil War. It was interesting to
learn of the life they lived, what type of clothes were worn,
and how not only the Confederates and Union soldiers [saw] action,
but the journalist did as well. It was cool to see it from two
different views. One thing I did enjoy was your outfit, especially
the hat that was cool. --- Jennifer, Centennial High School
Allen Davis at the Railway Museum in Perris, California.