The idea of having a Civil War era banjo contest at Antietam reminded me of a lunch I had with an old friend recently. I had seen him perhaps twice since 1978; he said, "You left your banjo at my apartment in L.A."
I had come back from Korea and was redeveloping the instrument as a "slide banjo" played with the neck of a broken wine bottle. (Giant steps ahead of Bela Fleck.) Slide banjo: musical precursor to Civil War blogging. Musical equivalent, perhaps.
Haven't touched a banjo since 1978, but love this site.