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.

He Should’ve Died (But We’re Glad He Didn’t)

That’s a terrible thing to think or say. “He should’ve died.” However, with some of the medical situations during the Civil War, it’s a thought that occasionally crosses the mind of a historian. Sometimes, there was an injury or illness … Continue reading

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The Question I Could Not Answer

She stood there, staring at the minie ball in her tiny hand and feeling the weight of that original bullet. I was busy talking to the other children and adults at the medical display table and keeping an eye on … Continue reading

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A Monumental Discussion: Sarah Kay Bierle

Ever played the ice-breaker game “Two Truths & A Lie?” The concept is that everyone makes three statements (usually about themselves) and the others have to guess which are true and which is a lie. Now, let’s be clear, I … Continue reading

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Those Seconds Repay Hours Of Research

Earlier this year, I arrived at a genealogy society to give a presentation on Civil War Medicine. I set up my laptop and PowerPoint, projecting my presentation cover image on the large screens. While waiting for the meeting to come … Continue reading

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The Killer Angels: Soldiers Of Gettysburg – The Stage Play

On July 2, 1863, Confederate General Longstreet’s divisions swept toward the left flank of the Union line anchored on Cemetery Ridge and resting precariously in the Peach Orchard, Wheat Field, and Little Round Top. As the story goes, Colonel Chamberlain … Continue reading

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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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