Battles in the West, Portraits of Privates, Traveling Tidbits, Women in the War

Chalmette Battlefield – Nexus of Wars

Those who know their Civil War history, will know that New Orleans was barely fought over in 1862. The city was practically handed over to the Federal Army. The same can’t be said for a battle that occurred just outside of New Orleans earlier in the century. Made infamous by a terribly inaccurate song by… Continue reading Chalmette Battlefield – Nexus of Wars

Portraits of Privates, Traveling Tidbits

Confederate Memorial Hall – Civil War Material Culture History in NOLA

New Orleans draws tourists from all over the country and the world for its unique and diverse cultural experience. The city itself changed hands between the French, Spanish, and Americans enough times that a bit of each of them rubbed off on the Crescent City. Not to mention the Irish and the German played important… Continue reading Confederate Memorial Hall – Civil War Material Culture History in NOLA

Civil War Trivia, Gab About Generals, Portraits of Privates, Traveling Tidbits

Shrouded Veterans – Remembering the People of the Past

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

Portraits of Privates

A Thanksgiving Letter Home

The below letter was written by Charles Clarence Miller (1843-1912), Gates, Monroe county, New York. In the 1860 US Census, 16 year-old Charles was enumerated in his parents household in Gates where he attended school and worked as a farm laborer. 140th NY depicted at Saunders Field In August 1862, he enlisted with Company D… Continue reading A Thanksgiving Letter Home

Civil War Trivia, Portraits of Privates

The Dash Between the Dates

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

Battles in the East, Civil War Trivia, Gab About Generals, Portraits of Privates

The Humor in Hell – Bloody Angle, May 12th 1864

“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

Civil War Trivia, Portraits of Privates

What Makes It A Tragedy?

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?

Civil War Trivia, Portraits of Privates

Personal Politics

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

Civil War Living History, Civil War Trivia, Portraits of Privates

Civil War Soldier Shelters

In movies set in the Civil War, you can bet that a camp scene will show up somewhere in it. It might be early in the morning just as a hazy, blue dawn is creeping its way across the sky, or in the evening when men huddled around campfires and talked low about their fears… Continue reading Civil War Soldier Shelters