Book Plates from Afar

Book Plates from Afar

Want to give someone a signed copy of A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time from afar? Here's the solution

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Thanksgiving in Alexandria, 1862

Thanksgiving in Alexandria, 1862

In 1861, Julia Wilbur celebrated Thanksiving quietly in New York State. The following year was a different story.

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Visiting Dr. Mudd

Visiting Dr. Mudd

Contemplating the role of Dr. Samuel Mudd in the Lincoln assassination, while surrounded by his and his family's possessions.

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Lost Alexandria

Lost Alexandria

Lance Mallamo helped a rapt audience "find" some pieces of lost Alexandria.

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Goat Castle

Goat Castle

"Murder, aristocracy, recluses, and goats"--and race relations in this book by Karen L. Cox.

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From Diary to Biography

From Diary to Biography

I hope my guest blog for the University of Nebraska Press gives you some useful tips to go from diary pages to a narrative.

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Chicago's Abraham Lincoln Book Shop

Chicago's Abraham Lincoln Book Shop

Watch my conversation with Bjorn Skaptason on Author's Voice at Chicago's Abraham Lincoln Book Shop.

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Honoring Anna Lynch

Honoring Anna Lynch

Anna Lynch (1925-2017), much loved and respected, honored at the Lyceum on September 23.

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Sgt. Major Christian Fleetwood: USCT Member, Medal of Honor Recipient, Diary Keeper

Sgt. Major Christian Fleetwood: USCT Member, Medal of Honor Recipient, Diary Keeper

Few first-person accounts by USCT are known, which is why the diary of Sgt. Major Christian Fleetwood caught my interest.

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National Book Festival: At the Virginia Booth

National Book Festival: At the Virginia Booth

i got to volunteer at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities' booth at the National Book Festival.

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The Athenaeum in Old Town Alexandria

The Athenaeum in Old Town Alexandria

Meredith Barber on the history of the Athenaeum building in Old Town Alexandria.

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Point Lookout, Maryland: A Confederate POW Camp, a Union Fort, and a Place to Fish

Point Lookout, Maryland: A Confederate POW Camp, a Union Fort, and a Place to Fish

Point Lookout's location marked it for many things during the Civil War, including a large Confederate POW camp. 

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Update--Appomattox Statue, Then and Now

Update--Appomattox Statue, Then and Now

The Confederate veteran has stood on Alexandria's main north-south thoroughfare for more than 100 years. What should happen to it now?

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Solar Eclipse 1860

Solar Eclipse 1860

Julia Wilbur found an eclipse had a "baleful" effect on her mood.

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The Harriet Tubman Byway on the Eastern Shore

The Harriet Tubman Byway on the Eastern Shore

A trip along the Harriet Tubman Byway is a good reminder of injustice and bravery.

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Charles County, Maryland: Two Stops on a Summer Saturday

Charles County, Maryland: Two Stops on a Summer Saturday

A visit to the Thomas Stone Historic Site and Port Tobacco on a summer Saturday.

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Tough Choices for a New Monument

Tough Choices for a New Monument

How to choose 8 people to recognize at the base of a monument to honor emancipation and freedom? With difficulty.

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Q-and-A with Pamela Toler, author of Heroines of Mercy Street

Q-and-A with Pamela Toler, author of Heroines of Mercy Street

Historian and author Pamela Toler posed some questions to me about Julia Wilbur and Civil War Alexandria.

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Society for Women in the Civil War: A Range of Topics

Society for Women in the Civil War: A Range of Topics

From a variety of primary sources, and from Mount Vernon to the Far West and back again.

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An Exciting Day

An Exciting Day

in which I meet my book, bound, for the first time!

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