Blue & Gray Magazine Ceases Publication

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Blue & Gray Magazine Ceases Publication
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I had just turned 30 when my late wife Robin and I launched the premiere issue of Blue & Gray. That was more than a third of a century ago. Then, a few years ago, as I entered my 60s, folks started asking about an exit strategy. Did I have one? My answer was no, I don’t. I will continue publishing Blue & Gray until someone tells me to stop. Well, that time has come.

The handwriting is on the wall. After the Civil War Sesquicentennial the subscriber base has declined to the point we can no longer afford to pay the printer and the post office, the costs of preparing the driving tour — which is the hallmark of the publication — and rising health care costs. Furthermore, our book business, which helped support our publishing efforts through the years, has all but disappeared with the advent of online discount booksellers, against which we simply can not compete. The staff at Blue & Gray headquarters for most of the last decade has consisted of just two people — my son Jason and me.

While there will be no more issues of Blue & Gray, we will continue to maintain the website. We are also exploring ways to convert unfulfilled subscriptions into credits that can be used for back issues and our book titles, while supplies last. So, continue to visit the website for updates.

This has been a very difficult letter for me to write. Since you’ve gotten used to me signing myself “The General” at the end of every driving tour, I’ll quote a real general, one who faced a far more difficult decision, and bid you all an affectionate farewell.

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Some very sad news indeed. B&G was published here in Columbus, and our CWRT was started by Dave Roth. For the first couple of years of its existence, we met at B&G's offices, until we outgrew the space. Dave and I have been friends since 1989 or so, and he's always been a valued friend and mentor. The loss of what has always been THE premier Civil War magazine is a huge and unhappy one, and I personally don't know how that void can ever be filled. B&G will be missed.

Dave gave me a heads-up via email this morning, which, not surprisingly, ruined my day. It saddened me deeply.

At the same time, and as Dave quite correctly points out, he and his son Jason have supported their families on the Civil War for more than 30 years now, which very much means that they are the exception and not the rule.

The magazine will be missed. A lot. RIP, Blue & Gray.
 
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I had just turned 30 when my late wife Robin and I launched the premiere issue of Blue & Gray. That was more than a third of a century ago. Then, a few years ago, as I entered my 60s, folks started asking about an exit strategy. Did I have one? My answer was no, I don’t. I will continue publishing Blue & Gray until someone tells me to stop. Well, that time has come.

The handwriting is on the wall. After the Civil War Sesquicentennial the subscriber base has declined to the point we can no longer afford to pay the printer and the post office, the costs of preparing the driving tour — which is the hallmark of the publication — and rising health care costs. Furthermore, our book business, which helped support our publishing efforts through the years, has all but disappeared with the advent of online discount booksellers, against which we simply can not compete. The staff at Blue & Gray headquarters for most of the last decade has consisted of just two people — my son Jason and me.

While there will be no more issues of Blue & Gray, we will continue to maintain the website. We are also exploring ways to convert unfulfilled subscriptions into credits that can be used for back issues and our book titles, while supplies last. So, continue to visit the website for updates.

This has been a very difficult letter for me to write. Since you’ve gotten used to me signing myself “The General” at the end of every driving tour, I’ll quote a real general, one who faced a far more difficult decision, and bid you all an affectionate farewell.

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I will miss Blue & Gray a lot. Too bad.
 
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Oh no! I took out a 2 year subscription in February and have only gotten 1 of the 12 issues that I paid for. I bought 3 back issues at the same time. I love that magazine.
 
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Oops. Tex, I hope you get your money back. I'm three issues short of my latest subscription.
I'll take credits to buy some back issues because there are some that I want.
 
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Crudball!

My all-time favorite American Civil War magazine.

Feeling blue.....

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Hate to hear this news. Sad day for the Civil War community indeed.

Unfortunately I had just reupped for 3 years (2.5 years left).:cry:
 
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