Civil War hospital contains diary on walls

Civil War hospital contains diary on walls

I always get excited when I’m invited to a historic venue for a book signing, and could not be more pleased to be attending a Civil War author Meet and Greet at Historic Blenheim in Fairfax, Va., on Feb. 21. I don’t know about anyone else, but I had never heard...
Sidesaddle soldiers part of Civil War past

Sidesaddle soldiers part of Civil War past

Many readers of Shades of Gray have said they didn’t know women took such an active role in the Civil War. There are actually many documented cases of women dressing as men and taking part in the fighting. I had never heard, however, that there was an entire...
Today in history ‘Burnside’s Quagmire’

Today in history ‘Burnside’s Quagmire’

“The auspicious moment seems to have arrived to strike a great and mortal blow to the rebellion, and to gain that decisive victory which is due to the country.” – General Ambrose Burnside to his Union Army of the Potomac, just before getting stuck in...
Presidential inaugurations: A look back

Presidential inaugurations: A look back

Since we are one week away from a historic Presidential Inauguration, I thought it would be interesting to look back at the customs and history of Inauguration Day. Rather than go into all the background, I’ve picked out a few odds and ends that I found...
Thanks to Civil War reading poll voters

Thanks to Civil War reading poll voters

Just a short note to thank everyone who stopped by and voted in my poll. I never expected 99 people to respond – and I didn’t really know what the outcome would be – but sure am please with the results! For those who don’t know the reason for...
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