1861: In Their Words – An Introduction

Welcome to the new blog post series on Gazette665:

Gazette665 Blog Series 1861: In Their Words

As the 155th Commemoration of the American Civil War begins this year (2016), I thought it would be appropriate to start a series focusing on the pivotal year in our nation’s history. If the series is popular, then you just might find it continued for the next four years of the 155th. (Hint: comment, like, and share!)

Today’s the introduction, and you’ll find out the “what, where, why, how” of the series. Read on…

Fort Sumter, April 12, 1861

Fort Sumter, April 12, 1861


Each blog post will share either a written or spoken quote from 1861. All the quotations will be by a real historical person.

After the quote, there will be a short section detailing the relevancy of the quote and its 1861 setting. So there might be information about the person who said it, a location, an event, or something else of historical significance which will enhance our knowledge or perspective of the first year of America’s divisive conflict.


Good news. All blog posts will publish directly on Gazette665.com every Tuesday, and they will be archived HERE for future reference. 1861: In Their Words is expected to run for at least six months, but probably longer (until the end of 2016).

If you follow Gazette665 by email, blog reader, or Facebook, you have a front-seat ticket to all the 1861 blog action. Not following? That’s not so cool – you should come join the historical party!

Battle of First Bull Run (Manassas) July 21, 1861

Battle of First Bull Run (Manassas) July 21, 1861


Personally, I think the year 1861 gets forgotten, glossed over, or just plain ignored in a lot of Civil War studies. True, it was not the year of huge, costly battles and it wasn’t the year of emancipation, but 1861 is where the conflict officially began. It’s where the first shots are fired, the government leaders are inaugurated, citizens form armies, and the country receives a shocking lesson in the realities of war.

1861 is the platform – the groundwork – for the following years.


Umm…I’ll be writing and publishing blog posts. Okay, maybe I should be more specific.

I am searching through credible historical sources to find good quotes to share and then “digging” into the background setting of the original words. What makes a good quote? Well, it might be famous. It might be particularly thought-provoking. It might have brought tears to my eyes. Or it could have made me laugh. (I do believe in finding and sharing appropriate historical humor as opportunity allows!)

1861: Marching To War

I’m not the only one who thinks 1861 needs a little spotlight time this year. And I’m not the only person who thinks that California needs a new Civil War conference.

conference banner

Six historians and researchers will be joining me & Gazette665 on Saturday, June 4, 2016, for a full day of historical presentations at the Temecula Conference Center. Our unifying topic? 1861: Marching To War  (“Meet” the speakers and see the complete list of topics here.)

This is going to be an exciting event, and we would love to have you join us. Bring your notebooks, your love of history, and spend the day exploring the first year of America’s defining conflict. Register today!

The Introduction Is Concluded

Now, you know the details about the forthcoming series (and conference). I feel like the cannons are primed and ready, and next week we will unleash the power of historical quotes.

Just like 155 years ago, there should be moments of grandeur, solemnity, humor, and reality…afterall, I can’t make this stuff up.

It’s 1861: In Their Words.

Your Historian,

Miss Sarah

P.S. I want your opinion and advice. Are you excited about the new Civil War series? Do you know of any particular quotes from 1861 that you would “nominate” for a blog post?

Let me know in a comment!

4 thoughts on “1861: In Their Words – An Introduction

  1. yes i will look forward to this new post.i prefer hearing it in their own words .
    “Conscious of my imperfections and the little claim I have to be classed among Christians,I know the temptations and trials I shall have to pass through.
    “May God enable me to perform my duty and not suffer me to be tempted beyond my strength” R.E. Lee 1861

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