Meg Groeling

MegThompson-smMeg currently teaches math at Brownell Middle School, named for E. E. Brownell, a California educator who was named for Colonel Elmer Ellsworth and is related to Corporal Francis Brownell, the man who shot the man who killed Ellsworth. She has also taught at other public schools in California and Maryland.  She contributes to World At War and Strategy and Tactics, history and war-gaming magazines.  Her undergraduate degree in Liberal Studies with a minor in American History was from California State University, Long Beach, and she is preparing to earn a Masters degree in History, with a Civil War emphasis.

She has been working for over a year on First Fallen: the Life and Times of Colonel Elmer Ellsworth, the only biography written about Ellsworth since Ruth Painter Randall’s, published in 1960.  It should be ready to find a publisher soon.  In it, she challenges some of the assumptions made about Ellsworth, and uses his life as a lens through which to view the attitudes and events of the urban North prior to the Civil War.

8 Responses to Meg Groeling

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  2. Tom says:

    Hello, I have an 1860 book that appears to be have been from the Library of E.E. Elsworth. It is on Abraham Lincoln and has a few notes inside. I would love for you to see it and give me your opinion on it. Get back to me when you can. Thanks,Tom.

  3. Ed Cunningham says:

    Meg. I sure enjoyed your lecture at the 1st Symposium. I saw the topics for the 2nd and was disappointed that you weren’t doing something on Lincoln and Ford’s, etc, since the theme is 1865. Can you change topics?

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  5. Ed Flanagan says:

    In the Summer 2018 issue of American Bungalow, Meg has written an article on her remodeling the kitchen in her 90 year old California Arts & Crafts bungalow. Retro is always in style!

  6. Meg, I’m revising my essay (in LIES ACROSS AMERICA) on the plaque at the Marshall House/Holiday Inn/Hotel Monaco/now The Alexandrian. The plaque that omits Ellsworth and celebrates Jackson. Please email me; I have a question for you. Great essay you wrote on same! Please email me: jloewen “at” Thank you!

  7. Greg Sweatt says:

    I’ve been reading your book reviews in CWN along with your bios. What caught my eye is that you live in Hollister. The president of our Civil War band (the Fort Point Garrison Brass Band), Doug Thompson, lives in Hollister. We perform on period Civil War horns at reenactments, balls, and concerts everywhere from Gettysburg, to Virginia City NV, to Sacramento, and even Redwood City.
    Looking forward to your Ellsworth book.

  8. John B. Sinclair says:


    I just read your entry in the newsletter about your medical diagnosis. Thanks for your courage in sharing the news with us. I have not had the pleasure of meeting you in person but thoroughly enjoy your posts (and looking forward to your Ellsworth book). Godspeed in your journey ahead and know your fans are praying for you in your tough fight.

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