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.

Stop Here! Stonewall Jackson’s Headquarters

While I love the colonial and early American history found in Winchester, Virginia, I learned about this town through Civil War studies. The first time I remember reading about Winchester was in a children’s biography of “Stonewall” Jackson, and in … Continue reading

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1864: “I Am 21 Today! Of Age!”

Wednesday, Jan. 20th, 1864 On Sunday we all went to hear Mr. Grasty preach. He gave us a very severe sermon against dancing. Willie Lewis came and brought us a letter from George. Bob Saunders was shipped. Willie has a … Continue reading

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One Huge Map, One Historic Campaign

“I want you to make me a map of the valley, from Harpers Ferry to Lexington, showing all the points of offense and defense in those places.” Simple, but now legendary words which started the partnership of Jed Hotchkiss and … Continue reading

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Stop Here! Abram’s Delight – Historic Home Museum

Last week we talked about early colonial history sites to tour in Winchester, Virginia. You just might need to plan longer than a day to explore this wonderful town, located about 75 miles west of Washington D.C. in the pristine … Continue reading

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1864: “Three Hundred Pairs of Stockings, Knitted By Yourself”

Executive Mansion Washington, Jany. 8, 1864 Mrs. Esther Stockton. Madam: Learning that you who have passed the eighty-fourth year of life, have given to the soldiers, some three hundred pairs of stockings, knitted by yourself, I wish to offer you … Continue reading

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See It, Measure It, Draw It – Creating Civil War Maps

Continuing the discussion of mapmaking during the American Civil War, we must ask the question: how were the maps made? Last week we highlighted the need for maps, but how did the cartographers actually solve the problem and create the … Continue reading

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