Category Archives: Civil War

True Confessions

I’ve written and spoken at some length about writing this book over 15 years. One would think that over that time, I would have a pretty clear sense of what the book is about. Think again. I was invited to … Continue reading

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Coming Home

I received a letter recently from a woman who had read my novel, THE ONES THEY LEFT BEHIND. In it, she thanked me for writing the book, in part because it spurred her to go back into her family history. … Continue reading

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Follow the Money

Recently I read Andrew Schmookler’s article entitled, “The Spirit That Drove Us to Civil War Is Back” in the Huffington Post.  It is both compelling and disturbing, both inpinpointing similarities between the cultural and political divides that existed then and … Continue reading

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Not All Civil War Battles Were Fought with Bullets – Some Were Fought with Snowballs!

The book Rebel Yell by S.C. Gwynne has a terrific description of how the Confederate Army – made up of men from the South, many of whom had never seen snow before – kept themselves occupied during the dreary winter months. … Continue reading

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Ebenezer Creek

There is a scene in my book “The Ones They Left Behind” in which JED and HARRIMAN recount an incident on Sherman’s March in which Union troops build a pontoon and rope bridge to cross a river in flood. Following the … Continue reading

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A Proclamation of Thanksgiving

This is the proclamation which set the precedent for America’s national day of Thanksgiving. During his administration, President Lincoln issued many orders similar to this. For example, on November 28, 1861, he ordered government departments closed for a local day … Continue reading

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Who Really Burned Atlanta?

Who Really Burned Atlanta? Sometimes you just have to accept that there can never be a clear-cut answer to historical mysteries. Who burned Atlanta is one of those mysteries.  Perhaps by asking a few questions in the time-honored method of … Continue reading

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