I’m just an amateur when it comes to history, but I have a long-standing interest in the Civil War. In this blog I comment on daily events of interest 150 years after they happened. As much as possible, I’m providing quotes from and links to original accounts.

This is not a scholarly article, so I’m not attempting to footnote every statement. If I quote directly, I indicate it and provide the source. If I have relied on a particular source for information, I at least mention the source in the post.

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  1. Deborah Goss says:

    Your site came to my attention from a Google Alert I have for the term “Antislavery”. Your blog is marvelous and I thought I’d introduce myself.
    I am a singer and actress and have performed programs of 19th C popular songs for years. I’m especially concentrating on ante-bellum and Civil War material for the upcoming sesquicentennial.
    Perhaps you’d be interested to know of my CD ‘Songs of the Abolitionists’. Details can be found at http://cdbaby.com/cd/deborahannegoss
    Also, I am based in Boston but am open to travelling a bit as I’ve done over the years – often with my singing partner as ‘The Proper Ladies’, but with my solo programs as well. If you know of paid performance opportunities during events of the next 5 years I’d be happy to hear of them.
    So glad to find your site. My very best to you.

  2. Don Stewart says:

    I must say I am impressed with the work you have been doing with this blog, and that I have been reading it somewhat regularly now for several weeks. I would like to ask that you provide a link to my website listed above, as well as a link to the website for the South Carolina Department of Archives and History (http://scdah.sc.gov/). Perhaps you could add the SCDAH website under your “Research Materials” section. The SCDAH has a blog as well (http://scdah.blogspot.com/), and I think we’ll have several posts in the coming weeks relating to key events in the secession crisis and on up to the firing on Fort Sumter (based off the items in our collection). Please add our blog as well as a link, if you don’t mind.

    I will return the favor by placing a link to this blog on my TAH website and encourage some of our other key websites in the Palmetto State to take notice of your blog. Please also consider adding a link to South Carolina’s Sesquicentennial website (http://sc150civilwar.palmettohistory.org/).

    I very much appreciate your work and hope you can continue it for many years to come.


  3. Ed Tuite says:

    I regularly cite your articles in my daily report from the Civil War done for my friends, as it helps broaden what I can show about the Civil War in the West. I appreciate your observations and point of view, along with the primary sources you cite. Thanks and keep it up!

    • Allen Gathman says:

      Glad to hear you’re finding it useful. Living in the West as I do, I’m really enjoying finding out about all that was going on in my back yard.

  4. Tom Hilton says:

    Just wanted to say I’m enjoying this blog immensely. I love the sense of the personalities one gets from the primary sources you use.

    I ran across your place in the course of my own daily sesquicentennial blog, Up and Down California, which follows the travels of the California Geological Survey from 1860 – 1864 (via the letters of Wiliam Brewer, field leader of the survey). It’s not a Civil War blog as such, but of course the war is never very far from Brewer’s mind–as, for example, in today’s entry, in which he goes to a picnic/rally of Breckinridge Democrats (CA’s gubernatorial elections were in September 1861).

    Anyway, thanks for doing this, and keep up the good work!

  5. Brian says:

    As a Tennessean who will soon arrive in St. Louis to live there full-time, I am very glad to be kept up to date on the happenings 150 years ago in that Southern City by the River. It is very sad that so very few know of the history there or even the beautiful monument in Forest Park. Deo Vindice!

  6. Sammy Foster says:

    Great job! I’m also an amatuer, interested primarily in the service of my great-grandfather. His experience was a well-kept family secret as he was apparently disinherrited as a reward for his enlistment. I am also doing a day-by-day blog and trying to limit it to the experiences of the 17th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry.
    I appreciate the ammount of work you are putting into this epic. Thank you.

  7. kevin a kearns says:

    great site-try to check in often-great work

  8. Dave Stevens says:

    To Whom It May Concern ~

    I have just completed an in-depth study of the life and times of Confederate Arms and Supply Purchaser, Caleb Huse, entitled: “Dancing with the Philistines.” And, as with all of my tome-studies, I attempt to include as many as possible B/W images of individuals that were even remotely connected with the protagonist.

    For further information, pertaining to the books I have finished researching, as well as the ones that are in various stages of completion, please see: http://www.davestevensbooks.com.

    That said, my publisher has requested I ascertain that it is agreeable with the originators of the images that I wish to include – to wit: written authorization to include, for publication, an image that has been ascribed to you – before the stages of publication can proceed.

    Let me say, however, that although my books appear on the www, my “following” is incredibly-small (mostly patronized by “friends, family, and associates”), resulting in less than 100 copies sold (and, OF those, I have given most away!). So, any ‘profit-margin’ that I would have liked to realize is, indeed, very, very miniscule (i.e.: I have never “broken-even” on any of my previous research, i.e.: “Sin Perdon: Acquiescence with Murder,” 2008).

    Having said all that, I am approaching you with the petition that I be authorized (granted written permission) to include a photograph, that has been ascribed to you, in the publication of the abovementioned tome. Quite naturally, all copyright descriptions and/or authorizations will be properly annotated either directly below the image (i.e.: “Courtesy of [your organization / name]”), or in the footnote section (unless otherwise dictated by you).

    The image in question is that of James Murray Mason, found on your website / Blog. If you are not the individual, or guardianship, of said image with whom I need to coordinate to re-publish the aforementioned image, please provide the contact information of such a person (s), as my publishers are keeping my project in abeyance until such a time as I can prove proper/legal ownership.

    Your immediate attention to this matter would be most appreciated.

    Humbly submitted for your consideration and immediate action,

    David (Dave) R. Stevens,
    2111 Cash Point Ct.
    Granbury, Texas 76049
    (682) 205-3274 (Home)
    (571) 264-1600 (Mobile)

    • Allen Gathman says:

      It’s public domain, like almost all the pics in this blog, and the original is in the Library of Congress collection. Click on the image to see it in my Flickr account, where you’ll find the copyright info.


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