Author Archives: Sarah Kay Bierle

About Sarah Kay Bierle

I’m Sarah Kay Bierle, historian, living history enthusiast, and historical fiction writer. When sharing history, I try to keep the facts interesting and understandable. History is about real people, real actions, real effects and it should inspire us today.

My Favorite Historical Person: Changing Favorites?

As we were working on this series and chatting about favorite historical figures, it prompted memories of how my “favorite historical person” has changed through the recent years. I thought it might be worthwhile to share that saga and conclusions … Continue reading

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An Adventure With Dad

It’s Father’s Day! Fathers are often praised for taking their sons on “manly adventures” – camping, hiking, hunting, fishing, rock climbing at the gym, or other activities. As I was thinking about those types of adventures my brothers did with … Continue reading

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My Favorite Historical Person: Who’s On The Blog Header?

A logo is supposed to “brand” whatever it represents. A logo is supposed to tell something about that item, company, or institution at first glance. While some might consider it a stretch to say a two week blog series needs … Continue reading

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My Favorite Historical Person: Sarah Broadhead

“The following pages were begun for no other purpose and with no other thought than to aid in whiling away time filled up with anxiety, apprehension, and danger; and after the danger had passed away, the practice of noting down … Continue reading

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Gazette665’s 2017 Conference Report

It’s been just over ten days since the Civil War history conference hosted by Gazette665 on Saturday, June 3, 2017. (Unbelievable how quickly time flies!) Since the event had a few promotional articles and mentions via Emerging Civil War’s blog, social … Continue reading

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Trying Something New – Live Tweeting @Gazette665 Civil War History Conference

In the last few months, I’ve shared about the upcoming Civil War History Conference in Southern California. I realize that many readers probably live on the East Coast (where the battlefields are) and probably aren’t going to make the trek … Continue reading

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A Mother At Petersburg

The Confederate lines around Petersburg, Virginia, broke in the first days of April 1865. As Lee’s army headed west into the Appomattox Campaign, Union troops occupied the small city that had been the heart and namesake of a nine month … Continue reading

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Stapleton Crutchfield: Stonewall’s Wounded Comrade

The ambulance lurched ever forward with a jerky, swaying motion. Pain dazed comprehension. General Jackson wounded? Lying just inches from him? How badly was the commander hurt? Exacerbated by the movements over the rough road, the dizzying, unrelenting agony radiated from … Continue reading

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Only Ninety Days?

A couple weeks ago my boss said to me, “It’s been ninety days since you started working for the company. How’s it going? How are you feeling about your part-time job?” I appreciated her consideration, answered professionally, and smiled with satisfaction … Continue reading

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Teaching 8th Graders Through Civil War Living History

How do we teach and inspire the next generation to value history? It’s a question looming in the minds of many in the history field. Museums, National Parks, historical sites, and organizations are trying a variety of ways to engage … Continue reading

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