Traveling Tidbits

Walking the Surrender at Appomattox Court House

Visiting the site of Appomattox Court House today is a treat of mid-nineteenth century and Civil War living history interpretation. It’s not just a museum or a single house that’s been set up to rebuild the surrender scene. It’s a recreation of the sleepy town of Appomattox Court House, complete with homes, shops, and streets… Continue reading Walking the Surrender at Appomattox Court House

Traveling Tidbits, Women in the War

Women’s History Month at Weston Manor

Just in time for Women's History Month, Civil War Trails, Inc. has installed a new sign to highlight one of the forgotten stories of the women civilians who endured tremendous hardships during the war. Here's the full scoop! (March 1, 2022) Civil War Trails, Inc. has teamed up with the Historic Hopewell Foundation, Inc., and… Continue reading Women’s History Month at Weston Manor

Battles in the East

The Final Fight at Appomattox Court House

For a short preface on what the Union and Confederate armies were up to before arriving to Appomattox Courthouse, check out this post on the battle at Sailor’s Creek. After the Confederates under General Robert E. Lee abandoned Farmville to the Union forces under General Ulysses S. Grant, his next objective was to keep pushing… Continue reading The Final Fight at Appomattox Court House

Story of Slavery, Women in the War

Black History Month 2022 – Recommended Reading

In honor of Black History Month, I wanted to take a moment to recommend some books that give special focus to black women during the Antebellum and Civil War eras. While this isn't a complete list - and I highly suggest that readers take a moment to find more resources beyond what I mention -… Continue reading Black History Month 2022 – Recommended Reading

Traveling Tidbits

Along the Appomattox at Charley’s Waterfront Café

After the battles at Sailor’s Creek, Robert E. Lee and what was left of his Confederate forces aimed for Farmville, Virginia. Farmville with its population of 1,500 prospered on tobacco and served as the location of a major hospital with 1,200 beds. The South Side Railroad entered Farmville from the East, bringing with it supply… Continue reading Along the Appomattox at Charley’s Waterfront Café

Battles in the East

Down By the Banks of Sailor’s Creek

In the first months of 1865, the Army of Northern Virginia had been whittled down to a mere 55,000 as it left the trenches of Petersburg. Desertion rates were high, driving General Robert E. Lee to accept volunteers and conscripts from southern Virginia, as well as a Naval Brigade full of sailors – not soldiers.… Continue reading Down By the Banks of Sailor’s Creek

Battles in the West, Story of Slavery, Traveling Tidbits

A Visit to Fort Pickens

For this month's Facebook live with the Civil War Roundtable of Central Louisiana, I got the clearance to take a short trip out to Fort Pickens and talk with Ranger Casimer Rosiecki about the fort and some fascinating research regarding freedom seekers in the Pensacola area. Here's a link to the video! https://fb.watch/aX0sPnOgGn/

Traveling Tidbits

Take a Pitstop at The Station

The Station, Americus, GA (Best Western in the background) Twelve miles south of Andersonville National Historic Site sits the town of Americus, Georgia. While its downtown area is a lovely place to stroll and meditate on your visit to the notorious prison camp, I’d also invite you to partake in a cozy restaurant for your… Continue reading Take a Pitstop at The Station

Civil War Living History, Portraits of Privates, Traveling Tidbits

A Trip To Andersonville

Back in November, I had the opportunity to take a flying trip to Andersonville National Historic Site near Americus, Georgia for their annual Civil War Day. This wasn't my first trip to the infamous prison camp, but I couldn't resist the chance to see the NPS rangers and other historical reenactors recreating the stockade scene,… Continue reading A Trip To Andersonville

Book Reviews, Women in the War

“Such a Woman,” Biography of Octavia Walton LeVert – Move Over Scarlett!

Few other Southern Belles can measure up to the writer and antebellum celebrity Octavia Walton LeVert. In Such a Woman: The Life of Madame Octavia Walton LeVert, Paula Lenor Webb takes a semi-narrative approach to telling Octavia’s story, beginning with her grandfather’s prominence as one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, to her… Continue reading “Such a Woman,” Biography of Octavia Walton LeVert – Move Over Scarlett!