Robert Winans, a retired Gettysburg College English professor, was featured in a September 2 Associated Press story about musical groups that aim to recreate the sounds of camp bands from the Civil War.
From the Associated Press:
Banjo historian Robert Winans, a retired Gettysburg College English professor, produced and played on the 1985 album, "The Early Minstrel Show," regarded as the first scholarly effort to recreate the sound of a pre-war, blackface minstrel group. Winans said the 2nd South Carolina plays songs he wouldn't perform publicly but that he's pleased they're helping broaden Americans' exposure to the music.
"They're very good, they're a very fine group as musicians," Winans said. "But I would be much happier if they would do a little bit more to provide context and raise the questions that certainly are inherent in the material."