Author Archives: Sarah Kay Bierle

About Sarah Kay Bierle

I’m Sarah Kay Bierle, historian, editor, 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.

New Market’s Memory Wars

Remember what you ate for breakfast on Wednesday two weeks ago? And if you remember the meal, what time did you pour the cereal, turn on the stove, or place your order? Memory and remembering can be challenging. However, it … Continue reading

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Lydie Clinedinst & Moses Ezekiel: A Devoted Friendship Begun at New Market

Tears blurred the candlelit scene. Seventeen-year-old Thomas Garland Jefferson struggled for his final breaths. Former roommate and battlefield comrade—Moses Ezekiel—supported the dying cadet’s body while nearby a young civilian woman—Eliza Clinedinst—held a candle. Eliza’s sister, Anna, her mother, and the … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Museum of East Tennessee History

Tennessee has a unique Civil War history. Similar to Virginia, it was a divided state; however, unlike West Virginia which split off in 1863, East Tennessee stayed stuck with the Confederacy until Federal armies secured the state. East Tennessee experienced … Continue reading

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How I Got Hooked On New Market: The Story Behind Call Out The Cadets

When I first set foot on the parade field at Virginia Military Institute two days after my fourteenth birthday, I had no idea that one day I would have the privilege to write about the Civil War era cadets who … Continue reading

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May 10: Inspiring Orders, Books, and Travel Plans

“Methinks that even after thirty-three years I once more hear the gamecock voices of the sergeants detailing their artillery and ammunition squads, and ordering us to appear with canteens, haversacks, and blankets at four A.M. Still silence reigned. Then, as … Continue reading

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Joseph Morrison: Stonewall’s Aide & Brother-in-Law

There had been enough excitement and confusion for one evening. The flank attack had been a smashing success, but darkness, thick trees, and undergrowth slowed the Confederate advance and disorganized their battle lines. General Jackson seemed somewhat irritated, wanting to … Continue reading

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Through An Artist’s Eyes: Battle of the Wilderness

May 5, 2019 marks the 155th Anniversary since the beginning of the Battle of the Wilderness. The first fierce battle of the Overland Campaign, and a conflict that turned into a blazing inferno as undergrowth and trees caught fire. Photographs … Continue reading

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Lieutenant Justin E. Dimick: “Accomplished Artillery Officer, Truest Soldier”

“At 5 o’clock in the morning, the enemy attacked us in force, and, after a very severe fight by our men, the Federal line began to fall back. From the first moment I learned the position of the enemy, I … Continue reading

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“Heard From Today”: VMI and Jackson’s Words at Chancellorsville

General, The enemy has made a stand at Chancellors’s which is about 2 miles from Chancellorsville. I hope as soon as practicable to attack. I trust that an Ever Kind Providence will bless us with great success. Respectfully, T.J. Jackson … Continue reading

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“Good bye from your soger boy”: One Last Letter before the Wilderness

Sometimes he signed his letters “with affection” or “good-night” or “good-bye.” Sometimes he wrote his full name, other times just initials, sometimes with the familiar name to his family and friends: “Will.” Most of his correspondence went to his younger … Continue reading

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