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.

Mary Chesnut & The Royals, Part 1

Mary Chesnut—the famous Southern diarist—loved to keep up with the news and that included international matters. True, she spent a lot of time following rumors and speculating if or when a European power would aid the Confederacy, but there was … Continue reading

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Saving History Saturday: Sultana Museum Receives A New Grant & Future

There’s interesting preservation news from Marion, Arkansas! The Sultana Historical Preservation Society learned that the Union Pacific Railroad Board has approved a $10,000 grant which would allow the preservation society to undertake renovations and create a new home for the … Continue reading

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Bucklin’s Hospital & Camp: (Part 19, Conclusion)

In Hospital and Camp, A Woman’s Record of Thrilling Incidents Among the Wounded in the Late War by Sophronia E. Bucklin It’s Week 19 and the concluding post of our read-along with extra historical notes and images. If you want to … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Abraham Lincoln Exhibits at the Smithsonian (Virtually)

I think I just discovered a rabbit hole. I am so excited to find a grand selection of online exhibitions from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History! There are a handful with a Civil War focus, and I’ll be … Continue reading

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“To Make A Foray”: A Letter From The Chickahominy Raid

This week I’ve been getting my notes ready for the Virtual Symposium filming session where I’ll be sharing about J.E.B. Stuart’s 1862 Chambersburg Raid. In the process of reviewing the historical information, I moved backward on the timeline and re-examined … Continue reading

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Bucklin’s Hospital & Camp: “Everywhere there was joy that the war was over” (Part 18)

In Hospital and Camp, A Woman’s Record of Thrilling Incidents Among the Wounded in the Late War by Sophronia E. Bucklin It’s Week 18 of our read-along with extra historical notes and images. If you want to catch up on the … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Trans-Mississippi Theater Virtual Museum

It’s not the same as getting to visit a museum in person, but if you’re anxious to see and explore some artifacts and displays, take a virtual museum tour this weekend! The Trans-Mississippi Theater Virtual Museum—a collaborative project between Wilson … Continue reading

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Along The River: Corporal Lynch’s Summer Breaks

Charles Lynch’s diary is one of my favorites for a Union soldier’s perspective on infantry fighting in the Shenandoah Valley during 1864. He promoted to corporal after the Battle of Piedmont and served with the 18th Connecticut. It’s also one … Continue reading

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Bucklin’s Hospital & Camp: “Our hospital cares and labors made fast friends of many of us” (Part 17)

In Hospital and Camp, A Woman’s Record of Thrilling Incidents Among the Wounded in the Late War by Sophronia E. Bucklin It’s Week 17 of our read-along with extra historical notes and images. If you want to catch up on the … Continue reading

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Saving History Saturday: New Preservation & Interpretive Grant For Maryland

In the midst of a challenging week, some positive preservation news came from Maryland. More than $5 million has been given through a grant for historic preservation and tourism.

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