At age eight my parents packed our family into a car along with any belongings that didn’t fit into a moving van and began a 7-day journey across the United States. We were moving from our home in southern California to Greensboro, North Carolina, and my parents – the ever-adventurers – decided that a cross-country road trip was the way to go about it. Along the way, we stopped at various sites of national significance, and among them was Vicksburg National Military Park (the site of a successful siege by the Union army that gave them control of the Mississippi River). After long days of driving and playing tourist, my 8-year-old self wasn’t interested in a site that documented long-ago victories. To put it simply, l found the monuments of Vicksburg and the Civil War in general very boring.
Now, my family has been living North Carolina for almost 13 years. For the past three summers, instead of taking family vacations to the beach like most families I know, we’ve taken trips to Gettysburg, Appomattox and Manassas … and I’ve loved it. Somewhere between the ages of eight and 18, I fell in love with the Civil War. Not the with details of battle tactics and national politics, but with the stories of characters and little-known facts that emerged from the war.
My hope is that with this blog, I can help those who find history dry and boring discover how fun and exciting history in general and the Civil War in particular can be. I’ll share interesting details and strange coincidences from the war and hopefully spark an interest in someone where once there was none. So, if you’re looking for a blog that details the battle strategies of Civil War generals or documents how politics evolved through the war, you’ll have to find another blog. But, if you want interesting trivia and fun stories about the Civil War and the people involved in it, then you’ve come to the right place.