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.

Ice-Skating in the 1860’s

Ice-skating! Across the chilly regions of America, this favorite pastime created fun and energetic entertainment during the Civil War era. In city parks, the winter activity was refined as a social skill and art while on less sophisticated ponds or … Continue reading

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Turning Points: Gone With The Wind

December 15, 1939, marked a turning in interpretation and image of the American Civil War. Perhaps one could argue that the turning point had started earlier in 1936 when the novel that inspired the movie hit shelves across the nation, … Continue reading

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Civil War Books For Your Wish List

Books are essential to Civil War studies. Many of us became interested in history because we read a well-written book. Last weekend I shared a 2017 Gift List for Civil War enthusiasts and one of the list’s bragging points was … Continue reading

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2017 Gift List For Civil War Enthusiasts

Holiday season is here! If you’re wondering what to get a Civil War history enthusiast for Christmas, this blog post will help you find  a collection of fun, useful, unique, and memorable items. I even tried to think outside the box … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Wreaths Across America

Remember. Honor. Teach. For many, those three words reflect their motivation for studying the American Civil War. Those three words are also the inspiration and rallying cry for an amazing organization called Wreaths Across America. On a chosen day every … Continue reading

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Civil War Cookin’: It’s Just A Book Review

Well, it’s a couple days after Thanksgiving and since we’ve already “decked the halls with boughs of holly” (at least at my home), it’s probably time to wrap up Civil War Cookin‘ for 2017. If you’ve been intrigued by the … Continue reading

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Civil War Cookin’: Want A Doughnut?

Doughnuts! Right now, I can’t imagine a better food to discuss on a Saturday morning. I usually associate doughnuts with World War I history, so imagine my surprise when I found an account about civilian ladies during the Civil War … Continue reading

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Civil War Cookin’: Turkey For Dinner?

Civil War soldiers mention eating turkey (or wanting to eat turkey) for holiday meals. If they were lucky enough to catch, forage, or receive a turkey, that glorious moment would come when the big bird on a platter landed at … Continue reading

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Civil War Cookin’: Jefferson Davis Pie

Wednesday before Thanksgiving is always pie baking day at my house. When I open our 1952 edition of Irma Rombauer’s Joy of Cooking and turn to the pumpkin pie recipe, another recipe title catches my eye: Jefferson Davis Pie. I … Continue reading

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Civil War Cookin’: Army Beans

There’s a spot that the soldiers all love, The mess-tent is that place we mean, And the dish that we like to see there Is the old-fashioned, white Army bean. Tis the bean that we mean, And we’ll eat as … Continue reading

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