Story of Slavery, Traveling Tidbits

Stepping Into Rural Life in Louisiana

Louisiana, especially the southeast region of the state, is well known for its historic plantations like Oak Alley, Whitney, Laura, Houmas House, etc. They also don’t lack for museums that interpret their rich history from the French colonial era to the Civil Rights movement. One such museum that does an admirable and thorough job at… Continue reading Stepping Into Rural Life in Louisiana

Civil War Trivia, Story of Slavery

Disunion – A Precursor of the Civil War

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

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

Book Reviews

Book Review – Gabriel, A Novel of the American Civil War

Recently, I had to fortunate privilege of acquiring and reading a book that I might not have normally picked up in a bookstore. Usually if I take a chance on historical fiction – especially Civil War historical fiction – I pick a book that follows a character that I know I’ll become attached to. I… Continue reading Book Review – Gabriel, A Novel of the American Civil War

Battles in the East

Harper’s Ferry – Confluence at War (Part 1)

Most casual historians will recognize the name of Harper’s Ferry as “ground zero” for John Brown’s infamous raid that was designed to inspire a revolution amongst the enslaved population in America. While the raid did not fully succeed, many claim that Brown’s actions at Harper’s Ferry and his subsequent execution are the instigating factors that… Continue reading Harper’s Ferry – Confluence at War (Part 1)

Traveling Tidbits

The Coffee Mill – Eating Inside Harper’s Ferry

Just down the road from Harper’s Ferry National Park, there’s no lack of eatery places one can stop in to grab a quick bite to eat during their tour through the historic village. The Coffee Mill is one example. Coffee Mill, Harper's Ferry, WV (author photo, Aug 2019) There’s not much information available about The… Continue reading The Coffee Mill – Eating Inside Harper’s Ferry

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

Battles in the East

“More Than Human Flesh Could Stand” – May 11th – 12th, 1864, Spotsylvania

In the face of staggering losses and terribly mangled plans, Ulysses Grant was still optimistic on the morning of May 11th, 1864. Despite his best efforts to find that weakness in Robert Lee’s heavily fortified line along Laurel Hill and the – supposedly vulnerable – salient to the east, Grant was left with more casualties… Continue reading “More Than Human Flesh Could Stand” – May 11th – 12th, 1864, Spotsylvania

Civil War Trivia

Was It A Civil War or A Rebellion? (Thinking Out Loud)

*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)

Portraits of Privates

A Prisoner of the Wilderness – Laforest Hinton

One of several fates may befall a soldier in combat. They can come out unscathed, become wounded and taken to their own corps’ field hospital, or they can die on the battlefield. One more fate, perhaps even more terrifying than these, is to be wounded and then captured by the enemy. This was the fate… Continue reading A Prisoner of the Wilderness – Laforest Hinton