Category Archives: Civilian

A Cat Man: Mr. Lincoln

There are times when research seems repetitive. Battles, generals, troop movements, the effects of one thing upon another, and on and on. It is an endless stream, and once one dips one’s toes in it, either you want to do … Continue reading

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Lincoln’s Boys: John Hay, John Nicolay, and the War for Lincoln’s Image, by Joshua Zeitz

I was on the list at Amazon for immediate delivery of Lincoln’s Boys: John Hay, John Nicolay, and the War for Lincoln’s Image when publication occurred, and to say I was excited is an understatement. John Hay and John George … Continue reading

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All the Great Prizes: The Life of John Hay, from Lincoln to Roosevelt by John Taliaferro

In my ongoing search for all things related to John Hay, George Nicolay, and Elmer Ellsworth, I read this book with positive enthusiasm and delight. I think it was written with the same feelings. Taliaferro’s brilliant biography of John Hay … Continue reading

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Not the Only Lemon Lover: A Couple of Recipes from Ulysses S. Grant

 Inspired by Phil Greenwalt’s post concerning lemons and Stonewall Jackson, I dug around the Internet looking for what I remembered as Mrs. Grant’s Lemon Pie. As an emerging Civil War historian, I am used to being wrong, so I was … Continue reading

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And before 2013 ends, the #10 book every Civil War Buff Ought To Own . . . Gore Vidal’s Lincoln: A Novel

The main reason this series has taken so long is that I knew there should be a Lincoln biography on the list. Which one, however, is a huge decision. I could go classical with Sandburg’s 3-volume set (referred to as … Continue reading

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Top 15 Posts of 2013—Number 5: Making Hardtack

The parks are all closed and you are at your wit’s end trying to figure out what to do. You have watched Gettysburg about as many times as anyone could possible stomach and . . . stomach? Have I got … Continue reading

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Top 15 Posts of 2013—Number 10: Fateful Lightning: Was Sherman’s March To the Sea a War Crime? Part I

You might as well appeal against the thunder-storm as against these terrible hardships of war. They are inevitable, and the only way the people of Atlanta can hope once more to live in peace and quiet at home, is to stop the war, … Continue reading

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“I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day…”—Repost

The following is a post that originally ran on December 13, 2011: The Christmas carol “I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day” was originally a poem. Written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, it was arranged and set to music by John … Continue reading

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The Lincoln Turkey Pardon–a 2011 reprint, updated!

Wednesday, November 27 marked another year in which a turkey received a Presidential pardon, this time from President Obama. The 2013 turkeys (there are always two nowadays–one is an alternate in case something happens to the first) are from Michigan, … Continue reading

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Book #9 in the Top Ten Books Every Civil War Fanatic Should Own

We all have a favorite battle, odd as “favorite” sounds when applied to an event wherein many folks died or were maimed. Yet, each of us has at least one engagement in particular that has caught the imagination, continuing to … Continue reading

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