1861: In Their Words – Conclusion

Gazette665 Blog Series 1861: In Their WordsIt’s the end of the year. And it’s the end of our series “1861: In Their Words.” What did we learn?

Each blog post featured a quote from 1861, background information, and some historical musings. The primary sources allowed us to “hear” and explore perspectives on the Civil War by people who were really there, living through the excitement, tragedy, frustrations, and loneliness. Personally, I found the quotes helped me gain a new appreciation for the Americans who found themselves in war with all its ideals and realities.

After-all, 1861 is a year of awakening. America goes to war. Citizens are excited. Then the battles begin and realities set in. This isn’t going to be a 90 day conflict. As 1861, the divided country faces more months of fighting in the coming year. Will 1862 hold the victory each side desires? In 1861 – nobody knew the answer to that question.

I’ve collected each blog post in the series and archived them on a page of their own. It’s easy to find and will allow you to access and share the information easily.

Yes…there will a continuation of the series, but it will have a different title. (I’ll bet you can’t guess what it will be?!) Come join us on Monday, January 2, 2017, for the announcement of next year’s primary source sharing blog series.

Similar to the Americans in 1861 – we “know not of the future and cannot plan for it much”. As they stood on the threshold of 1862, they had no idea what was coming. Neither do we…for 2017. Still, they upheld their beliefs and defended the ideals they cherished. May we do the same!

Your Historian,

Miss Sarah

P.S. What was your favorite blog post in “1861: In Their Words”? Check out the archive HERE

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