Disunion was nothing new to American politics. Since the ratification of the Constitution (which ended the period of governing under the Articles of Confederation that gave individual states more autonomy than the federal government) the idea of disunion had been thrown around by politicians and journalists alike. The notion of disunion manifested in a variety… Continue reading Disunion – A Precursor of the Civil War
In my studies, I have the amazing opportunity to learn about extraordinary efforts and projects carried out by other historians. Whether that project is writing a book, preserving a battlefield, or creating more awareness about our country's past, I enjoy seeing their progress and rooting for them on the sidelines. One such project has become… Continue reading Shrouded Veterans – Remembering the People of the Past
As tax season is now in full swing and my time is limited, my research and immersion in the Civil War studies is also limited. Frustration doesn’t begin to express how I feel about that. However, there is hope! Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many history education organizations and private historians have taken to online… Continue reading Civil War Online – Podcasts Worth Binging!
I believe I can say with some agreement upon the reader’s part that 2020 has not been the best year. The good news is that it’s almost over, and the hope of a brighter and better 2021 is on the horizon. As Christmas Day dawns, I hope this post finds you and your loved ones… Continue reading To Those Not So Merry This Christmas…
Trees have become a forgotten casualty of war. Accounts from privates and generals throughout the Civil War attest to this. While trying to get across the ferocity of the battle, they’d describe how the branches and limbs would be cut down by artillery fire. As I’ve explained in previous posts, the spark from rifle fire… Continue reading Trees on the Battlefield
Writers say the best ideas come late at night when they’re trying to go to sleep. That’s true, and mine sometimes come right as I’m trying to wake up. On the edge of sleep one morning, wondering if I should snooze for another ten minutes (always a dangerous thing), a random thought came to mind.… Continue reading The Dash Between the Dates
“War is hell”, as William Tecumseh Sherman so poignantly put it. This battle series about the Battle of Spotsylvania illustrated that so well. Though there were worse battles before it (Antietam and Gettysburg), the fighting at the Bloody Angle left an undeniable impression on the survivors. Studying history is not for the faint hearted. Especially… Continue reading The Humor in Hell – Bloody Angle, May 12th 1864
I have the best conversations with my husband. I really do. He’s also a history buff, but he prefers medieval history and sometimes he’ll throw out stuff about the War of the Roses or Agincourt and I’m lost. I guess it’s fair, because he gets that same blank look if I start rattling off about… Continue reading What Makes It A Tragedy?
Nothing is every cut and dry. No issue can ever be labeled in direct, easy terms. There's a little shade of gray in every conflict. The deeper I delve into Civil War history, the more that becomes VERY apparent, especially on the controversial issue of slavery. While we can read about the views and platforms… Continue reading Personal Politics
*I want to stress that this post is simply my opinions or half-baked thoughts that I wanted to share about something that warrants way more scrutiny and research* My husband and I were having a discussion the other night that I thought was worth sharing. He said something to the effect that he had read… Continue reading Was It A Civil War or A Rebellion? (Thinking Out Loud)