Author Archives: Sarah Kay Bierle

About Sarah Kay Bierle

I’m Sarah Kay Bierle, historian, editor, and historical fiction writer. When sharing history, I try to keep the facts interesting and understandable. History is about real people, real actions, real effects and it should inspire us today.

History Read Along – Inferno: The World At War, Chapters 1 & 2

Are you doing the summer read-along? Did you start Inferno: The World At War this past week? I realized I didn’t clarify how many chapters of World War II history I’ll be reading each week in the introductory blog post … Continue reading

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1863: “I Have Not Believed You Had Any Chance To Effect Anything Till Now”

(Private) Executive Mansion, Washington, D.C. June 16, 1863 My dear General: I send you this by the hand of Captain Dahlgren. Your desptach[sp] of 11:30 A.M. today is received. When you say I have long been aware that you do … Continue reading

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Richmond 1863: Fourth of July

Looking back, July 4, 1863, marked several major turning points in American Civil War history. Vicksburg, Mississippi – the last Confederate stronghold along the Mississippi River – surrendered to Union General Ulysses S. Grant. At Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the three-day battle … Continue reading

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History Read Along – Inferno: The World At War, 1939-1945, Introduction

Grab a book! Let’s do a summer read-along on Gazette665… Yeah, I know, I need another book to read like I need a purple elephant in the backyard. But – hey – reading is knowledge, and there’s a historical era … Continue reading

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1863: “We Are Still Tunneling Away”

Double post Monday! This is the second and final post for today… [Spelling is original] In Camp, Siege of Vicksburg, June 9, 1863 Dear wife, We are still tunneling away at the rebel works around the city and in the … Continue reading

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1863: “We Dashed At Them With Drawn Sabres”

Thursday Morning, June 11/63 Old Camp under the Oaks near Catletts Stations, Va. On Monday the 8th we marched from here at 3 P.M. and halted near the ford for the night – no fires – and all kept perfectly … Continue reading

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