Author Archives: Meg Groeling

About Meg Groeling

CW Historian

The Genetic Component of Loving History

I am not sure what information you get when you spit into the little plastic container from Ancestry™ other than genetic stuff. Can it also find out where loving history comes from? My test didn’t say anything about that, but … Continue reading

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My Favorite Historical Person: Private Dorence Atwater

Three flights of stairs! Wooden, rickety stairs! And who knew how successful he would be at the end of them, anyway? Recently released from Andersonville prison, returning home weighing in the neighborhood of ninety pounds, young Dorence Atwater climbed up … Continue reading

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Does That Star-Spangled Banner Yet Wave?

I must admit, they sat breathless as I spun the tale about two young men aboard the ship HMS Minden, traveling from Baltimore under a flag of truce to see if they could free their friend Dr. William Beanes from … Continue reading

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Sutlers of Note: Creative Cockades

Our tax lady looked twice at a stack of receipts from Heather and asked the obvious questions, “What exactly is a cockade, and why are they a tax deduction?” I laughed and thought about it for a while.

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Women in History–EEEK!

What’s a girl/woman to do?? In honor of Women’s History Month, I thought I would editorialize for a few minutes here at ECW, the blog that gave me my break. Military History is not always a comfortable place for a … Continue reading

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WHM Profile: Sarah Kay Bierle

Readers, it is my pleasure to introduce ECW writer Sarah Bierle, fellow Californian and self-described “lady historian.” She is a powerhouse of energy and ideas, and Emerging Civil War is lucky to have her. When asked about her choice to … Continue reading

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My Love For You is Timeless

February 14–a day set aside to celebrate one’s romantic side–often comes under attack as being invented by card companies just for profit. I disagree. I have written here at least one other time about the celebration of this holiday during … Continue reading

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Chuck Schumer Channels Major Sullivan Ballou

My seventh graders were graphing proportional relationships in Room 3 of E. E. Brownell Middle School when President Trump was being inaugurated, so I missed it the first time. When I went to lunch, however, several people stopped me and told … Continue reading

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Book Review: Gathering to Save a Nation: Lincoln & the Union’s War Governors by Stephen D. Engle

The study of the American Civil War is changing. Of course, there will always be battle studies and biographies of generals, but there is a pivot away from this strictly military point of view. Scholars are examining the war in … Continue reading

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Sutlers of Note: Ragged Soldier Sutlery

Why this post, and why now? One–it is cold and I want something warm to drink, and Two–I love to shop small, wonderful sources when checking off my holiday list. Huzzah, and read on! There are two types of sutlers: those … Continue reading

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