Author Archives: Sarah Kay Bierle

About Sarah Kay Bierle

I’m Sarah Kay Bierle, author, speaker, and researcher. Past and present, everyone has a story. What will we discover and discuss?

On The Eve Of War: Los Angeles, California

On April 24, 1861, a Pony Express Rider carried the news into San Francisco, California: Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina had been fired upon. The account was not unexpected and released a flurry of activity along the coast … Continue reading

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On The Eve Of War: Little Round Top & Devil’s Den

“Colonel,” Chamberlain said. “One thing. What’s the name of this place? This hill. Has it got a name?” It’s a line from Michael Shaara’s The Killer Angels, and it was later translated into film for the movie, Gettysburg. Of course, … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Williamsport, Maryland (Part 2)

Perched on a bluff overlooking the Potomac River and the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal from the Maryland side sits a set of cannons, resting in the old fortifications built in 1861 to protect Williamsport and the important transportation resources in … Continue reading

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“And So We Took Fort Sumter”

April 6, 1861. The plot thickens. The air is red-hot with rumors. The mystery is to find out where these utterly groundless tales originate.[i] April 7, 1861. [Private section of the diary] News so warlike I quake. My husband speaks … Continue reading

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On The Eve Of War: Charleston, South Carolina

Sound of cannon wasn’t exactly new in April 1861 in Charleston, South Carolina. A few months early on November 10, 1860, a celebration cannon had been fired on November 10, 1860, after the locals heard that the state’s legislature was … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Williamsport, Maryland (Part 1)

A few weekends ago I took a Saturday drive to Williamsport, West Virginia and Maryland. The Maryland side of the river has lots of marked historical sites to explore. Part of my time in the area was spent along the … Continue reading

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On The Eve Of War: Appomattox, Virginia

For an ending to happen, there has to be a beginning. But sometimes the opening moments get over shadowed by the concluding act. That’s certainly what happens with the history surrounding Appomattox Court House, Virginia. It’s famous as the setting … Continue reading

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When Was Easter During The American Civil War?

Easter moves around on the calendar—on different Sundays in spring each year. So when was the religious holiday during the years of the American Civil War? March 31, 1861 April 20, 1862 April 5, 1863 March 27, 1864 April 16, … Continue reading

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On The Eve of War: New Market, Virginia

The following excerpts are from Call Out The Cadets: The Battle of New Market (Emerging Civil War Series and take a look at a small crossroads village in the Shenandoah Valley before some of the local men volunteered to fight, … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Falling Waters

Recently, I was poking around the area of Williamsport on the Potomac River and exploring the West Virginia and Maryland sides of the river. I’ve always wondered “What’s the deal with ‘Falling Waters’? Was it really a waterfall or just … Continue reading

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