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Whether you’re looking for educational resources, interesting blog posts, a new book to read, or just stopped by, I’d like to welcome you and invite you to find some useful and interesting historical information and inspiration.

Our 2017 Civil War History Conference – 1862: Searching For Victory

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Temecula Valley Genealogical Society Members

In case you’re looking for the resource list from the presentation “To Save Lives: Civil War Medicine,” click here for the hand-out sheet: Civil War Medical Resource List

Thanks for stopping by the website. You’re welcome to contact us if you have questions for reports or papers.

Sarah Kay BierleI’m Sarah Kay Bierle and I love history…that just might be an understatement. You can “meet me” on the About Page.


with-gladness-coverBlue, Gray & Crimson Cover3My newest book With Gladness: A Christmas Story Collection is now available!

Blue, Gray & Crimson: A Story of Civilian Courage at Gettysburg is also available.

The book page has more info and resources!

1862: Searching For Victory Civil War Conference CaliforniaGazette665’s Civil War History Conference “1862: Searching For Victory” is scheduled for June 3, 2017.

Learn more about this exciting event…

1862_-in-their-wordsLooking for some blog posts?

Mondays: 1862: In Their Words

Wednesdays: 19th Century American Maritime

Fridays in April: Enter The U.S.A. – America’s Involvement In World War I

You can search the website or scroll through the archive pages for hundreds of articles.

USA FlagsCheck out the History Learning Center to find pages dedicated to each era of American History. Booklists, photo boards, archived blog posts, and links to other resources are available.


The McGuire Home Winchester Virginia Living HistoryInformation about Living History groups and events in Southern California is also available. My group “McGuire Home, Winchester, Virginia” participates in a couple events each year, sharing the history of a Virginian family living in a war-torn town during the American Civil War.

10 US Dollars Alexander HamiltonLet’s go shopping… Explore Gazette665’s online store to find books, conference registration, CDs and more!

Well, that’s a brief summary of what’s available here on Gazette665.

Once again, welcome…I hope you’ll join us as we explore history looking for relevant information and continuing inspiration.

22 Responses to Home

  1. Yvonne Hamnquist says:

    Congratulations your book, Sarah! I love your site. I am going to share it with a friend who has just started home schooling her young children. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Carol Wilson says:

    Sarah, I want to send you a copy of an email that I received from my dad who was in Europe on VE day. Look for it at your “harp” email address.

  3. Craig Rentle says:

    I just finished reading Blue, Gray, & Crimson and found it to be a very enjoyable and enlightening read. Congratulations on such a well written book!

  4. Barbara Dan says:

    Congratulations, fellow Thomas Edison grad, on your Civil War novel! I graduated in 1986 and am another history buff. In fact, I wrote PETTICOAT WARRIOR (out in trade paperback in late 2014). I was especially interested interested in your research on care for the wounded, as my novel is about two medical doctors. Different location and premise, but I found the journal of my great-grandfather very helpful in terms of conditions and medicines available, etc. Anyway, I was heartened to learn of your research and wish you much success in your future endeavors.
    —Barbara Griffin Dan

  5. Adriana says:

    AG is loving the book! She started it yesterday and is nearly done. She woke up early this morning to read it.

  6. Grant Welty says:

    Blue, Gray, and Crimson – great read from a different perspective than most Gettysburg books! I thoroughly enjoyed it; Clearly you have put a lot of work into it. You really draw the reader in emotionally and I like the Christian theme.

    Must be a wonderful feeling to see an idea you began with at the age of 9 turn into an outstanding novel. Hoping you intend to pursue writing other books with historical periods and events as the setting. I think you’re very good at it; I enjoy your writing style.

    I enjoy your input in the Emerging Civil War and thought I’d buy this – am glad I did!

  7. Toshi says:

    Hi, Sarah:
    Your site is shared today August 3, 2016 on my Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TheBlogOfToshi) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/theblogoftoshi/status/760749651758755841). May the Lord bless your work – T

  8. D.O. Kelley says:

    Ms. Bierle, as you may recall I and my two cousins had the pleasure of having lunch with you under a large shade tree at the 2016 ECW conference. (3 baldheaded old guys) You were continuing after the conference to study Jackson’s activity in the Valley. I recently found a book at a book sale in a small local library that has interesting information on the Valley that you might find helpful in your overall research on the Valley. GRUMBLE, by Dobbie Edward Lambert.
    Good luck in your work!
    D.O. Kelley
    Boonville, IN

  9. Jeffrey Ross says:

    I want to start off by saying I really enjoy your ECW articles, it’s nice to read something so different. Not only did I have no idea what living history was I never even heard of it. The thing I most love about it is because it’s living history you can actually go see it on your vacation. So I want to thank you for the articles because they expand my mind in a new direction and I’m all about learning when it comes to anything history. I actually studied wwII for 20yrs (as I worked on my History degree from U of M) until one day I went to pick up my book I ordered and the person in front of me was returning a Xmas gift that was a box set trilogy on the civil war by Shelby Foote. I thought to myself “that’s different” and told the cashier I’ll take it. That was 4.5 years ago, havn’t read a wwII book since and purchased roughly 350 civil war books on top of that. Then you have 2 books published also, that’s awesome!!! I don’t read fiction as a rule of thumb but your articles are so interesting I may have to take a look!!!

  10. Jeffrey Ross says:

    Dear Sarah, I mentioned in a earlier post why I enjoy your articles so much. As a writer with 2 books published and probably hundreds if not thousands of articles published between ECW and Gazzete665 I was wondering if you had a mentor when you started? Despite your books being fiction from what I’ve seen of them (a gf has them) and you articles you must do a tremendous amount of research. I only ask you because soon after graduating in December and getting through the holidays I started my book, I bought nearly 15 books to make sure I new all the material front to back and back to front. Each of the 3 battlefields is hosting a weekend long symposium where people bring letters, diaries, and other such primary resources. Then I’m calling way ahead to get the best battlefield guide so I know the terrain and can take pics. But I have one major problem, I have no clue how to access the OR, where I can access the OR, how to find the very specific matierial I need from the OR , how to put in footnotes (I hate endnotes) the proper way to show where I got the specific information. With all your contacts do you know of anybody who is available to teach me these things??? I’m too far advanced in my research and have appointments with many people in the three towns the battles took place to quit, besides it’s not in my blood to quit. I’ll gladly pay someone to show me how. My # is 248.520.3967 and my email Is jeffrey_r_ross@yahoo PLEASE ZI DON’T KNOW WHERE TO TURN

    • Hi Jeffrey,
      Glad you hear you enjoy the articles.
      Official Records can be an intimidating challenge. They are available and searchable on the Internet at Cornell University: http://ebooks.library.cornell.edu/m/moawar/waro.html I find this is an excellent starting place and once I’ve found the volume I need to see, I will sometimes visit one of the research libraries to look at the actual printed book. As for end-notes and footnotes, does the publisher have guidelines? That’s usually the best place to start.
      I’m sorry I don’t know of anyone to provide further assistance at this time.
      Sarah Kay Bierle

      • Jeffrey Ross says:

        Dear Sarah
        Thank you so much for the guidance, it all helps. I’ve enjoyed your material very much and you should be proud to have succeeded so well in a mainly “mans” field although more women are finally starting to be respected historians. I apologize for responding late but my brother-in-law overdosed on painkillers and my sister and his poor 15yr old son are wrecked.
        …HATE DRUGS

      • Jeffrey,
        Thank you for your thoughtful words.
        I’m sorry to hear about your family’s loss.

  11. Francesca says:

    Goodmorning Sarah,
    I love your site. Good job! It’s very useful….
    Thanks for your attenction. – FRANCESCA

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