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Read Along With Me: William Tecumseh Sherman’s Memoirs—Post 1

Part two in a series Welcome back! This is the first post containing my thoughts and questions as I read through Sherman’s Memoirs. I outlined my plan in a post in late March and invited readers to join me on … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Mary Todd Lincoln House

Heading south last weekend on I-75 from Cincinnati to Knoxville, I stopped with my family for lunch just outside of Lexington, Kentucky. Afterward, I finagled a second stop at the Mary Todd Lincoln House (MTL House) for a tour, and … Continue reading

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Annie Brown: The Forgotten Conspirator

In my Civil War class, I have students read Tony Horwitz’s book, Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid that Sparked the Civil War, to learn about John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry. Many Civil War readers know Horwitz best from his initial … Continue reading

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Read Along With Me: William Tecumseh Sherman’s Memoirs

Introduction to a series Last weekend, I went to Half Price Books and came across this Penguin Classics edition of Sherman’s Memoirs for $7.99. I was especially interested to discover that this version was edited and annotated by the late Michael … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Harpers Ferry 3.0—The Time I Took My Kids

On the heels of Chris Mackowski’s recent post regarding how to interest young people more in the Civil War, I headed to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in July for the third time in four years – this time, with my … Continue reading

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A Monumental Discussion: Julie Mujic

As the events in Charlottesville were taking place, I finished reading a new book by Washington Post journalist Steven Levingston called Kennedy and King: The President, the Pastor, and the Battle over Civil Rights. Levingston offers a chronological narrative focused … Continue reading

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The Book Index: Why It Matters (To Readers of Civil War Books)

Think back to the last non-fiction Civil War book that you read. How many times did you refer to the index? If you read the book from front to back, the index probably did not factor significantly into your experience. … Continue reading

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My Favorite Historical Person: William Seward

A postscript to the series! I taught U.S. Foreign Policy in the spring semester, so I spent a bit of time with Lincoln’s Secretary of State, William H. Seward. A strident abolitionist, Seward lost the nomination to Lincoln in 1860 … Continue reading

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When Faced With Death: University Students And Loss, 1861

At Indiana University, most students joined one of two literary societies active on campus in the antebellum era. Literary societies were a nationwide extracurricular activity among college students at that time and were a way for students to “practice” for … Continue reading

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Modern Photography: Returning to Harpers Ferry

In April 2014, I took students on a trip to Antietam National Battlefield and Harpers Ferry. I was so moved by my time in Harpers Ferry – by its physical beauty, the layers of history there, the way the town … Continue reading

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