Author Archives: Meg Groeling

About Meg Groeling

CW Historian

A Statue That Really Ought to GO!

There is a gilded fiberglass statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest off Highway 65 in Tennessee, just south of Nashville. It is on Bill Dorris’s property. Bill Dorris is a realtor in Nashville, Tennessee. When interviewed about his statue and its … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Radical Warrior: August Willich’s Journey from German Revolutionary to Union General”

In Radical Warrior: August Willich’s Journey from German Revolutionary to Union General, author David Dixon rescues another “B” list historical figure from obscurity and puts him front and center in the American and German narrative. Dixon, a public historian and Civil … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Fool’s Errand. By One of the Fools: A Novel of the South During Reconstruction

For historians, reading is a full-time job. Nothing is too insignificant not to read, from cereal boxes to torn bits of paper with evidence of pencil scratches. Reading books popular during a specific period of the past is an excellent … Continue reading

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Havelocks: The Face Masks of 1861

Ah! Havelocks! A hallmark of the American Civil War in 1861 and then tossed aside, rarely to be seen again—until the 125th re-enactment of the First Battle of Bull Run. After that, rarely. In case you are wondering, a havelock … Continue reading

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Book Review: America’s Buried History: Landmines in the Civil War

It is not often that one reads a book on a specific subject written by a person who has been awarded for attempting to get rid of the topic itself. Author Kenneth R. Rutherford gives readers such an opportunity with … Continue reading

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All For the Union, 1910

From Elisha Hunt Rhodes of the 2nd Rhode Island, author of All For the Union, from a speech given at the 44th Annual Encampment, Department of Massachusetts, Grand Army of the Republic, Faneuil Hall, Boston, Massachusetts. April 6 and 7, … Continue reading

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Drivers! Re-Start Your Engines!

I have loved NASCAR for as long as I can remember. I saw the fatal race when Dale Earnhardt was killed, and I saw the last races of Rusty Wallace, Tony Stewart, and Dale Jr. I used to hang a … Continue reading

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Private McAlpine’s Horse

My own twice-great granddaddy 43-year-old David Jackson McAlpine left Jackson, Tennessee, in October 1861, for a $100 bounty. He probably needed the money. He and Miss Eliza Wells–married on Christmas Eve in 1839–had sixteen children at the time and one … Continue reading

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We Are Such Stuff as Dreams: Ellsworth Predicts His Death

Boys, no doubt you felt surprised on hearing my orders to be in readiness at a moment’s notice, but I will explain all as far as I am allowed. Yesterday forenoon, I understood that a movement was to be made … Continue reading

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Oh Boy! Oh Boy! Oh Boy!

It took me by surprise, but my tears were joyful. With so many museums, etc. closed because of Covid-19, work on finding source information for the images in First Fallen: The Life of Colonel Elmer Ellsworth, the North’s First Civil War … Continue reading

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