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Monthly Archives: March 2013

Women in the War, pt. 1

Prior to the Civil War, women in the United States of America had a clearly defined role within society. For the majority of women, this meant remaining in the private sphere and caring for their families. Even one of our founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson, believed that the role of women was to “sooth and calm […]

Medal of Honor

Prior to the start of the Civil War, there was no medal to recognize the outstanding efforts and bravery of the members of the armed forces. It was first introduced as a bill within the Senate by Iowa Senator James W. Grimes, in December 1861. This first bill focused on a medal just for members […]

Ironclad Legends

In early March of 1862, the ironclad ships of both the Confederacy and the Union finally encountered one another and engaged in a naval battle that would forever change naval technology. Even at the time, back in 1862, many people understood that this one encounter was a monumental event. Amazingly enough, one of the perks […]

Front Row Seats to the Eastern Theater

Some of my favorite stories of the Civil War are the ones about events of pure coincidence. One of these stories is the tale of Wilmer McLean, and his poor choice of housing for himself and his family. In 1853, McLean and his wife Virginia Beverly Hooe Mason moved into a rural area west of […]

Civil War on Spring Break

Hello faithful Connections followers! I apologize for the recent lack of blogs. I spent the past week frolicking in the Bahamas for my spring break, but I have a full post about the history of the Bahamas, and their Civil War Connections. Some friends and I went on a cruise, and were able to see […]