The Siren of the Shenandoah: Belle Boyd

The American Civil War produced a multitude of curious and exciting personalities, arguably the most infamous spy during the entire war called what is today West Virginia home. Isabella “Belle” Boyd was born in the eastern panhandle of Virginia (near Martinsburg) in 1844, nineteen years before West Virginia statehood. She was a fervent supporter ofContinue reading “The Siren of the Shenandoah: Belle Boyd”

The Underground Railroad in West Virginia

When many people think of the Underground Railroad used in the decades before and during the American Civil War, they think of the famous conducted Harriet Tubman helping escaping African Americans from the deep south reach the safety of the northeastern states. While the northeastern states played a vital role, often the role of WesternContinue reading “The Underground Railroad in West Virginia”

The Civil War General Who Called an Entire City of Women Hookers

Thanks to Battlefield.org for the use of the Butler Photo The American Civil War is full of wonderfully bizarre characters, the reason for this is because it was very much a “citizens” war in many aspects. While the career soldiers and West Point graduates did play a massive role in the conflict, countless men wereContinue reading “The Civil War General Who Called an Entire City of Women Hookers”

Book Review: A Stillness at Appomattox By Bruce Catton

Please Click the Photo Above to Purchase the Book Overall Rating 5 out of 5 Stars If you are unfamiliar with Bruce Catton, he was arguably the most renowned and well-respected Civil War historian of the 20th century. His works have stood the test of time, even forty years after his death. In his lastContinue reading “Book Review: A Stillness at Appomattox By Bruce Catton”

Grant’s Final Victory

Click the Photo above to purchase the book 4.3 out of 5 Stars The hero of the Union is dying, Former President Ulysses S. Grant is suffering from throat cancer, and only has months to live. To make matters worse, the great man is in debt and is in danger of leaving his family withContinue reading “Grant’s Final Victory”