Gettysburg Civilians Reflect On The Gettysburg Address

What did the Gettysburg civilians actually think of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address? How did they feel about the president coming to their town? This blog post answers those questions by letting the spectators of the historic day “speak for themselves.” This post is a companion piece to last week’s article The Day of the Gettysburg Address. … Continue reading Gettysburg Civilians Reflect On The Gettysburg Address

Power of the Pen (Civilians and War, Part 4)

I still like to write and receive hand-written letters. I know, it’s very old-fashion, but emails, texting, andĀ private messagingĀ (despite their convenience) just don’t compare to words shaped by friend’s hand. However, I have a rule – I do not write letters when I am upset. (No, Pen-Pals, I haven’t been upset – just up to … Continue reading Power of the Pen (Civilians and War, Part 4)

300,000 Airplanes, Scrap Drives, & Cheerful Giving – Civilians in War, Part 3

Civilians support armies. It’s as simple as that. And when armies don’t have home front support…well, there’s a historic example about fifty years ago (unfortunately). But rather than use a negative example, let’s take a look at World War II which may be the all-time best example of civilians supporting their armies and cause. 300,000 … Continue reading 300,000 Airplanes, Scrap Drives, & Cheerful Giving – Civilians in War, Part 3

I’ll Spy On You – Civilians & War, Part 2

One of my favorite history books about the American War for Independence is George Washington: Spymaster by Thomas B. Allan. The spy network used on both sides during this conflict was incredible, especially given the limited “technology” they possessed. Today, we’ll use the American War for Independence setting and look at the role civilians played … Continue reading I’ll Spy On You – Civilians & War, Part 2