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G is for Rose O’Neal Greenhow

G is for Greenhow.   I’m determined to catch up today. Rawr, go me. Rose O’Neale Greenhow is most likely the best-known spy of the Civil War, though I’m not sure the most effective. There was one who operated deep

F Is For Fox And Geese And Other Civil War Games

Well, let’s try this again. I opened up the file to finish it and it was gibberish as in completely unreadable. I have no idea what happened. F is for Fox and Geese. It was a board game played by

B is for Beast Butler

Welcome to day two of the challenge. I had intended to write about “butternut” today, where the term came from and other innovative ways southerners coped with shortages brought on by the blockade, but something reminded me of “Beast” Butler.

A is For Angel’s Glow

      Gen. Johnston                                                  Gen. Wallace   It was a year into the Civil War. Sumter had been fired on April 12, 1861, the first major battle at Manassas had culminated in an astonishing and undignified rout of Union

Opium Beds and Butterflies

In an interview with On The Road, Diana Gabaldon touches on “kernels” in writing. This is where you have some little bit of something that triggers and image or thought in your writing and you build a scene around it.

Blogging A-Z Z Is For Zouave

I appreciate more than you all know how you have supported me through this. I know the posts have been long and windy, taking up valuable time. Bless you for it. Zouaves were originally certain French light infantry regiments, which

Blogging A-Z Y Is For Yell

With a Rebel Yell by Mort Künstler I highly recommend this artist’s work for quality and authenticity. He’s excellent. Y is for yell. I wavered between a scene with a Yankee captain at a soiree and the yell, but I

Blogging A-Z X Is For Xanthic

I like sprinkling “gems” of description through my writing. I don’t go into great detail about every person and every item, though I do offer more than many writers do. Instead of describing a round, yellow green apple of medium

Blogging A-Z W Is For Wiretap

George Ellsworth   Gen. John Hunt Morgan Mention wiretapping and everyone automatically thinks of FBI, NSA, smarmy illegal eavesdropping by unethical private investigators and various other modern scenarios, but it actually began long before. Some people elevated it to an

Blogging A-Z V Is For Vivandiere

  Vivandiere’s were first used by the French. They were women who followed the armies, as sutlers or canteen keepers. In the American Civil War, they assumed nursing duties mainly, often tending wounded on the battlegrounds even during the battles.

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