A Confederate view of the Civil War

A Confederate view of the Civil War

In honor of Confederate Heritage Month, I thought I’d print part of a publication called “A Confederate Catechism” by Lyon Gardiner Tyler. (Third edition, Nov. 21, 1929). A Confederate Catechism What was the cause of secession in 1861?It was the fact...
Southern matrons asked to guard history

Southern matrons asked to guard history

In honor of Confederate Heritage Month, here is the continued post from April 1. It is for you, Southern matrons, to guard your cherished ones against this foul idolatry, and to teach them a nobler and a higher moral. It is for you to bring the youth of our land to...
Another page from Civil War history

Another page from Civil War history

“Then not one drop of blood was shed in vain.” I found this passage about the Confederates repulsing an overwhelming force against unbelievable odds, and thought I would share. This type of writing is why I fell in love with reading first-hand accounts of...
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....
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...
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