1863: “Increased Religious Interest Among Our Troops Here”

April 10

…I trust that God is going to bless us with great success, and in such manner as to show that it is all His gift; and I trust and pray that it will lead our country to acknowledge Him, and to live accordance with His will as revealed in the Bible. There appears to be an increased religious interest among our troops here. Our chaplains have weekly meetings on Tuesdays; and the one of this week was more charming than the preceding one.

General Thomas J. Jackson to his wife, Mary Anna Jackson, April 10, 1863. Continue reading

Reconstructing Your Bookshelf

In 2017, a blog reader sent me a book recommendation. He was so anxious for me to read this book that he even offered to send me his copy of the book by mail. I appreciated the offer but was able to save everyone the shipping costs by finding the book at the library.

Today, I wanted to share about this insightful book about Reconstruction Era tragedies and also challenge you to consider the books on your shelf about the post-Civil War times. Continue reading

What Are “The Middle Ages”?

Battle of Crecy, 1346We’re familiar (or at least we think we are) with aspects of life from the Middle Ages. You know, castles, knights in shining armor, tournaments, kings! If we’re scholarly, we might consider the crusades, the Hundred Years War, the Moors in Spain, the Knights Templar, and the Great Schism.

This month (February 2016) the historical theme of the month on Gazette665 is “Chivalry or Medieval Madness?” And we’ll be explore some of the more famous aspects of the era and deciding if the historical period has been totally romanticized or if it really was a time of unparalleled bravery and beauty.

But first, there’s kind of a problem. Just what is the historical period called “The Middle Ages”? There’s all kinds of ideas and history floating around about this era. When was it?  Let’s explore (and debate)… Continue reading