Civil War landmark is almost history

Civil War landmark is almost history

One of the many benefits to come out of book signings is the wonderful people I get to meet. The signing I did at Historic Blenheim in Fairfax, Va. is certainly no exception. Mentioning to one visitor that the main character in Shades of Gray is based loosely on...
Honoring history on Confederate Flag Day

Honoring history on Confederate Flag Day

“Who will scorn or frown to see veterans of the South’s shattered armies unfurl that other banner, the riddled and blood-stained Stars and Bars, to look upon it and weep over it, and press it to their bosoms? For it is hallowed with recollections tender as the...
Civil War anecdotes from Lincoln

Civil War anecdotes from Lincoln

Somehow I missed President Abraham Lincoln’s real birthday on Feb. 12, but since today is President’s Day, I thought I’d go ahead and print a couple of his humorous anecdotes from the Civil War. A.K. McClure writes in his book Lincoln’s Yarns...
Prison break a part of Civil War history

Prison break a part of Civil War history

Today is an important day in Civil War history – not for a famous battle or skirmish – but for an event that required no less courage and perseverance than the bloodiest encounter. On Feb. 8, 1864, Yankee prisoners in Richmond’s infamous Libby prison...
Words from the heart during the Civil War

Words from the heart during the Civil War

I couldn’t let Valentine’s Day approach and not write something on the art of letter writing, which was so important during the Civil War. Eloquently written love letters were part of Victorian era courtship and continued through a couple’s marriage....
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