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.

Flowers For Kate

Yesterday was the first day of spring! Who is ready for the chilly weather to end? Can’t wait for those perfect seventy degree days and to see the tulips burst into bloom? Out here in Southern California, we got a spring heat wave … Continue reading

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Thinking About The Irish Brigade At Antietam

Today is St. Patrick’s Day, a day many folks find something from Ireland to enjoy. I have two traditions on the unofficial holiday: wear a little green and remember the Irish-American contributions during the Civil War. Last year, I wrote … Continue reading

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Modern Photography: Little Details At The Entrance

While I enjoy landscape photography, my favorite images to “shoot” are detail-oriented. As I sorted through my own image archives, I tried to figure out why my travel photo files of battlefields are intermixed with pictures of barn rafters, porch flags, … Continue reading

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Modern Photography: Battlefield Cannons

During my battlefield trips, I enjoying taking the “classic” cannon photos. Though serene battlefield markers today, these artillery pieces caused fearsome destruction during the Civil War.

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Thinking About Historic Graveyards

Okay…historical confession time: I like historic graveyards. To me, it’s special to wander around a cemetery, finding the graves of Civil War generals, officers, soldiers, and civilians that I’ve studied. Some folks find that a little freaky, morbid, weird, or … Continue reading

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Gazette665’s Second Annual Civil War Conference In Southern California

Are you on the west coast of the United States and looking for a Civil War history event? The 2nd Annual Civil War History Conference hosted by Gazette665 in Temecula, CA, brings historians and researchers together to commemorate events from 1862. … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: National Cryptologic Museum

Want to look into the shadowy world of code-breaking and national security? Wondering what spies used for codes and code-breaking during the Civil War? A field trip to the National Cryptologic Museum near Fort Meade, Maryland, might be the perfect … Continue reading

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Stonewall’s Horses

Early in 1861, John Harman and Thomas J. Jackson inspected a small herd of horses which had been discovered in a captured railroad boxcar. Jackson turned the horses over to the Confederate government and purchased two for his military use.[i] … Continue reading

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Civil War Christmas Poetry – Soldier’s Perspective

I’ve been reading through a collection of Civil War Christmas stories and poetry. So…just for something a little something different this weekend in the holiday season, I thought it would be nice to share some poems. The tone in these … Continue reading

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Night On The Battlefield

When the major fighting ended at the First Battle of Fredericksburg, the survivors on the plains of Marye’s Heights huddled in the earthen depressions, using fallen comrades’ bodies for protection and shelter as they tried to live through the night. … Continue reading

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