Author Archives: Meg Groeling

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Battlefield Markers & Monuments: Colonel Elmer Ellsworth and the Marshall House Hotel Plaque

This relatively small, gold & brown marker is attached to the side of the newly purchased Hotel Monaco*, the latest incarnation of the Marshall House, in Old Town Alexandria, VA. It commemorates the death of James W. Jackson, reading: The … Continue reading

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A Place for Historical Fiction: Savas Beatie Tests the Waters

Really? Savas Beatie published a novel? No way! . . . and then I talked to publisher Ted Savas. The following is an interview concerning the publication of Six Days in September, a novel of Lee’s army in Maryland, 1862.

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“If Grant Had Been Drinking at Appomattox” by James Thurber

James Thurber (1894-1961) was an American author, cartoonist, playwright and celebrated wit. He published mostly in the magazine The New Yorker and loved to poke fun at things other people took perhaps a little too seriously. Here is one of my … Continue reading

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The Picture Over the Door: N. C. Wyeth Illustrates the Civil War

Growing up, our neighbors had a print hung over the door that led into the hallway of their brick bungalow in Oklahoma City. I was pretty young, and not very tall, but I could see the image in the old, … Continue reading

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And Now a Brief Word about Kate Chase . . .

Remember that girl in high school? The one who always looked great–clothes perfect, never a hair out of place? She came from a socially prominent family and was really nice to everyone. She dated several popular boys. Her grades were … Continue reading

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A Monumental Discussion: Meg Groeling

I have written several versions of an essay on my feelings concerning the issue of the removal of Confederate monuments and statues, and I am never satisfied that I have expressed myself well, or even accurately. My words sometimes fail … Continue reading

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Games Soldiers Play: Chuck-a-luck

Last year at Brownell Middle School we had a combined Math-Science Expo sort of thing instead of a traditional Science Fair. Like everyone in the education business, we were trying to find a sweet spot for a combination of Common … Continue reading

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Book Review: Confederate Courage on Other Fields: Overlooked Episodes of Leadership, Cruelty, Character, and Kindness

This latest offering from Savas Beatie is a reissue of Mark J. Crawford’s Confederate Courage on Other Fields: Overlooked Episodes of Leadership, Cruelty, Character, and Kindness, originally published by McFarland & Company, Inc. in 2000. As far as I can tell … Continue reading

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New Research on Lincoln, Elmer Ellsworth, and the First Federal Militias

Within a week of taking the presidential oath, Mr. Lincoln wrote Secretary of War Simon Cameron regarding his young friend, Elmer Ellsworth:  You will favor me by issuing an order detailing Lieut. Ephraim E Ellsworth, of the First Dragoons, for … Continue reading

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Baseball: The Game

July 11 is the day of the 88th Major League All-Star game. It is setting records before it is even played: twelve of the men on the rosters are in their rookie year, nine of the top eleven players, stats-wise, … Continue reading

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