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.

1863: “This Fight Will Not Make Any Difference In The Issue Of The War”

[spelling and punctuation is original] HdQrs. Stonewall Brigade 19 Oct 1863 Dear Robby, Your very interesting letter of the 4th inst. was received yesterday and I wrote an answer to it last night but was prevented from sending it by … Continue reading

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WWI Letters: “There Are Greater Things Ahead Of Us”

Today’s featured letter – rediscovered in A History of Shenandoah County, Virginia – was written by an American sergeant serving “over there” during World War I. He details his lodgings, general impressions of Americans in war-torn Europe, and an experience … Continue reading

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History Read-Along: Gunner’s Run, Chapters 7-10

Continuing along in the young adult historical fiction book Gunner’s Run by Rick Barry… It’s four chapters this week, and the story keeps moving along as Jim continues his attempt to escape from dangerous and slightly humorous situations. (Remember the … Continue reading

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1863: “If Your Commanding Officer Orders You”

October 10, 1863 He began by paying a warm tribute to their gallantry, displayed on the bloody field of Chickamauga, defeating the largely superior force of the enemy, who had boasted of their ability to penetrate to the heart of … Continue reading

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WWI Letters: “The U-boat Ordered Us To Stop”

Earlier this year when I was in Virginia, a smart salesperson convinced me to make a sizeable investment in a sizeable book called “A History of Shenandoah Country, Virginia.” I thought I was buying the book for Civil War history … Continue reading

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History Read-Along: Gunner’s Run, Chapters 4-6

Ready for more historical fiction? We’re reading and discussing chapters 4, 5, & 6 of Gunner’s Run by Rick Barry. If you’re still reading, no worries… We don’t have any major spoilers (without warnings) in this blog post, just some … Continue reading

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