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.

Musings on the Civil War & World War I

In the words of a modern American president, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them … Continue reading

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Railroads – Targeted: The Virginia & Tennessee Railroad

In early May 1864 as Union General Franz Sigel inched his way up the Shenandoah Valley and Confederate General John C. Breckinridge scrambled to assemble an army, Union cavalry commanders George Crook and William Averell aimed for Saltville and the … Continue reading

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Railroads: A Little Music, A Little History About A Great Locomotive Chase

You’ve probably heard of Andrews’ Raid…but have you heard the musical piece by Robert W. Smith memorializing this ill-fated Civil War adventure on the tracks?

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Railroads – Her Journey: Ladies Traveling In Mid-19th Century America

The Civil War gave women reasons to travel like they had never had before. Some refugeed away from the armies. Others journeyed to be with loved ones in military camps or hospitals. Others packed their trunks, stretched society’s traditional feminine … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: The Depot Grille – Staunton, Virginia

Looking for some good food and a great dining atmosphere in Staunton, Virginia? Let me recommend The Depot Grille which is actually located in the Civil War era train station right next to the tracks in the downtown, historic district … Continue reading

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Talking About History Over A Cup Of Tea

Tea, Books, Cookies, and Friends. That combination makes this historian quite happy! Now, that my manuscript on the Battle of New Market is (mostly) complete and the book cover revealed, it’s been time to crawl out of my research cave … Continue reading

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Railroads – Images of Trains and Tracks

As an editor at Emerging Civil War, I am so excited about our series on railroads! Our authors are working together and contributing some wonderful articles, and you are going to love what’s “coming down the tracks” next week in … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Belle Grove Plantation’s Battle of Cedar Creek Commemoration

Looking for something to do in Northern Virginia/Shenandoah Valley region this weekend? Although the Cedar Creek re-enactment was canceled earlier in the year due to security challenges, there’s still plenty to see, tour, and participate to commemorate the anniversary of the … Continue reading

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General Joshua L. Chamberlain and a Fatherhood Journey

On October 18, 1864, Brigadier General Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain wrote a letter to his wife, Frances Caroline. This letter – though written during the war period – is unique and gives a glimpse of fatherhood, rather than war. Chamberlain is … Continue reading

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“Cadet Evans Climbed On The Cannon”

If you hear “Battle of New Market”, what comes to your mind? Likely, it’s either slight confusion with the Battle of New Market Heights and the USCT who fought there or the idealized images of young cadets capturing cannons. The … Continue reading

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