Gettysburg: Insights & Perspectives

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History’s History Now e-magazine is all things Gettysburg this month:


Lee was Bloodiest General


Confederate General Robert E. Lee caused the highest percentage of casualties within his own army.  Read more about this in “Robert E. Lee PBS documentary paints realistic portrait of Civil War commander as Ambitious Leader,” by David Hinkley in the New York Daily News, January 4, 2011.

Above he is sitting on Traveler, the horse he bought for $200 in Coosawhatchie from Maj. Thomas L. Brown.

The image is from the holdings of the International Museum of the Horse of Lexington, KY.

New Images from the Kansas Historical Society Posted Online

1600 images of the Kansas-Missouri Border Conflict, 1854 – 1865 are on a great new website as a collaborative venture of a variety of cultural heritage institutions about the Civil War in Kansas:

Forgotten Civil War Memorial

Sometimes one finds memorials in the oddest places, as in a juniper tree!

Civil War Suspense Story


One of America’s finest writers of short fiction, Ambrose Bierce, was a First Lieutenant in the Union Army when he participated in the Battle of Shiloh in April 1862.  He captured his experience in a non-fiction essay “What I Saw of Shiloh” and used the battle as the setting of his most anthologized short story “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.”

Read the Robert Evans’s annotated critical edition online within the Ambrose Bierce Project at,html.  Here’s a Civil War related question to ponder: How does Bierce feel about the Civil War and the military? Support your opinion with extracts from the text.

Civil War in the Digital Public Library of America


Check out all the neat stuff on the “American Civil War, 1861 – 1865” in the Digital Public Library!  I got over 6200 hits for pictures, documents, books, etc.

Q: What in your opinion is the niftiest Civil War related item in the Digital Public Library of America – and why?

Flags of the Confederacy @ Beaufort Branch

Stop by the Beaufort Branch Library this Wednesday, October 23rd @ 1:00 pm and learn all about the battle flags of the Confederacy with John Keller! It’s FREE and everyone is welcome!Image