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!
This month marks the 2nd year anniversary of this blog’s launching. In the last two years, I’ve learned so much and traveled to so many new places that I haven’t begun to share. I’ve made connections and set myself on a path that I know will bring a heap of future satisfaction. It’s my greatest… Continue reading See the Old Year Out!
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…
As the month nears its close, so does this series on the Battle of Spotsylvania. Here are a list of the posts that comprised the series, in case you missed any. Todd's TavernLaurel HillA Soldier at Laurel Hill"Infernal Engines of War" - Spotsy May 9th"Sheer Madness" - Spotsy, May 10th"More Than Human Flesh Could Stand"… Continue reading Spotsylvania Recap (Links)
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
(Disclaimer: These are my thoughts, backed up by my studies and observations of the Civil War and its ramifications) "The Vacant Chair" - representative of the lost soldier A conversation came up in my presence that made me both incensed and thoughtful. The general premise of the discussion dealt with the notion that it would… Continue reading Which Was Worse?
On May 15th, 1864, Confederate General Robert E. Lee was stumped by the movements of Union General Ulysses S. Grant. After horrendous fighting around the Mule Shoe (Bloody Angle) at Spotsylvania Courthouse, and some heavy fighting around Myers Hill, the Federal army needed a new plan. The new offensive would be made toward the southern… Continue reading A Moment To Prove Themselves – USCT At Spotsylvania
Okay, I share a LOT of Emerging Civil War content, and the reason is because I can't recommend their blog or their author enough! Everyone on the ECW team are amazing, knowledgeable, and passionate about what they do. Because many of the members live in Virginia, they have the great opportunity to visit and help… Continue reading Preserving Myers Hill – ECW Video
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