Author Archives: Meg Groeling

About Meg Groeling

CW Historian

Ending the War, More or Less

April 9, 1865, is the day that most people think the American Civil War came to an end. General Robert E. Lee realized his gallant Army of Northern Virginia was simply too beaten up to continue its fight for Confederate … Continue reading

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Long Time a’ Comin’

Topics like “Women Who Have Inspired You” usually have one format: a younger person looks back to an older mentor and sings her praises. I do not have that luxury. I am old, and all the professors who inspired me … Continue reading

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What Are We Going To Do With the Kids?: Curriculum Support for K-12 Students

Whether or not you are a supporter of homeschooling, the Corona Virus has taken over, and your kids are probably hanging around, sick of Disney movies, and whining about visiting friends. Homeschooling has come to you, and luckily, the history … Continue reading

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Ellsworth in Mufti

I have spent the last few weeks choosing images for First Fallen: The Life of Colonel Elmer Ellsworth, the North’s First Civil War Hero. It is a big job, considering I have many–as in A LOT!–of images. Most of them involve … Continue reading

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Book Review: Caught in the Maelstrom: The Indian Nations in the Civil War, 1861-1865

Once in a while, someone will comment on just how there can be so many books about one topic–the American Civil War. There is a definable reason for this phenomenon: fighting the Civil War was a job undertaken by many, … Continue reading

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CW & Pop Culture: A Civil War Little Free Library

I am not sure if this post fits into the theme of the month, but I think it effectively combines the 21st century and the Civil War. At least it does in our front yard. We have a Little Free … Continue reading

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CW & Pop Culture: I Will Always Love “Little Women”

My name is Meg, so that should be enough said, but I was not–alas!–named for author Louisa May Alcott’s oldest daughter in the March family of Concord, Massachusetts. I never miss an opportunity to see a movie based on this … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Yuletide in Dixie: Slavery, Christmas, and Southern Memory”

“Slavery, slavery, slavery! All this talk about slavery is spoiling the Old South Plantation Christmas celebrations!” Or so might Miss Scarlett complain. Robert E. May’s latest book, Yuletide in Dixie, is focused clearly on the irony of two competing mythologies concerning … Continue reading

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Civil War Christmas is Coming and the Flag is Missing: Oh Dear!

I have a grandson who lives in Louisiana. He turned two this Fall and is getting much positive reinforcement from his grandparents (us!) for his Cajun background. One of his other grandparents suggested we send a set of Civil War … Continue reading

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Santa For the Yankees, Too

Santa, as we know him, is a creation of artist Thomas Nast who created the bearded old elf for the 1862-63 Christmas edition of Harper’s Weekly. In his famous drawing, he showed Union soldiers opening their Christmas boxes from home. One soldier … Continue reading

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