History Read-Along: Gunner’s Run, Chapters 26-28

We’ll have just one more week left in our read-along, and this week’s chapters keeps the excitement high as we approach the story’s conclusion. Here’s a little extra history to go with Chapters 26-28 in Rick Barry’s historical fiction story Gunner’s Run. Continue reading

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1863: “If I Were To Describe This Hospital”

Contraband Hospital, Washington.

November 15, 1863.

I shall depict our wants in true but ardent words, hoping to affect you to some action. Here are gathered the sick from the contraband camps in the northern part of Washington. If I were describe this hospital it would not be believed. North of Washington, in an open muddy mire, are gathered all the people who have been made free by the progress of our Army. Continue reading

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Heading On A Short Road Trip…

Well, readers, I was going to write an article about John Carver. And I still will…just not tonight.

Very, very early tomorrow morning I’m driving to a history conference and staying up to write one thousands words and risking falling asleep at the wheel is not good risk management, I’m thinking. So we will have a double post next Friday with biographical information on two “Pilgrims”! Continue reading

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History Read-Along: Gunner’s Run, Chapters 22-25

The plot thickens as fictional airman Jim Yoder continues his journey through Nazi-occupied Europe in Gunner’s Run by author Rick Barry. We’re in the final sections of the book, now; have you figured out how it will all end?

No major spoilers in this blog post, just some extra history… Continue reading

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1863: “The Leaves Are Falling In Showers”

Friday, November 6th 1863: Clear and warm. The wind blew this morning and the leaves are falling in showers. Thus far there has not been a killing frost here: a thing somewhat rare. My Puppy “Wheeler” sleepth under the steps. Father returned from Houston. Mr. Kemp is home on a short furlough.

Saturday, November 7th 1863: There is no news. The firing on Sumter has slackened. The Legislature met Thursday and elected A.R. Wright President of the Senate and Hardeman Speaker of the House. Mrs. Huguenin is better. Mrs. Whittle sent me two oranges…. Continue reading

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Desire Minter: Deciding About New Plymouth

November! Time to think about the Thanksgiving holiday and the myths and history surrounding the early English settlers at Plymouth, Massachusetts. I’ve written about facts and myth-busting relating to the “First Thanksgiving” and you’ll find those in our blog archives.

This year I want to share about some of the real people who came over on the Mayflower. We tend to generally call them “The Pilgrims,” but in reality there were three distinct groups on that ship which voyaged across the Atlantic in 1620. The Separatists, The Strangers, The Sailors. Continue reading

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