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Initial post: Mar 2, 2011 12:41:26 PM PST
We are now beginning to mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, that George Will once called "the American Iliad." Certainly it is a source of endless interest. I have been lecturing on Maryland In The Civil War for the adult education programs at two colleges on Maryland's Eastern Shore, Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, and Washington College in Chestertown. Maryland was crucial - had she seceded, Washington would have been surrounded.
So I have written this e-book on those crucial times. It's time a new generation, with new technology, learned about their fasc inating past. Comments more than welcome - particularly from teachers of history!
William S. Shepard Maryland In The Civil War

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 3, 2011 6:33:13 PM PST
is there a way to access your book for someone without a Kindle? I am very interested in it being a former history teacher who specialized in the economics of US wars, it has been rare to find many books on Maryland.

Posted on Mar 3, 2011 6:56:38 PM PST
Speilburg is jumping on the bandwagon with a Lincoln biopic.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 3, 2011 9:48:43 PM PST
Not heard of its being called "The American Iliad". I think it's called the "American Civil War" though (to distinguish it from all the other civil wars).

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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2011 7:09:00 AM PST
Christopher:
You don't need a stand alone Kindle. Just download Kindle for PC, which is free. So, if your friend has a computer, this is available. Hope this helps. It's a fascinating time - 150 years ago today, March 4, 1861, Lincoln was inaugurated. We have a month to go before Fort Sumter is fired upon!
Regards.Maryland In The Civil War

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2011 7:11:19 AM PST
Since today is the anniversary of Lincoln's 1861 inauguration, tat's very timely!Maryland In The Civil War

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2011 7:14:37 AM PST
That's right. Fifty years ago, during the Civil War Centennial, it was considered controversial to mention John Brown at Harpers Ferry! What was it Faukner said about the past not being past?lMaryland In The Civil War

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2011 11:44:23 AM PST
S. Kessler says:
The New York Times has been running a series of blogs about the run up to the Civil War in honor of the 150th anniversary. These blogs are written by reputable historians. They are brilliant pieces. I highly recommend going to the NY Times web site and searching for them. I do believe they are archived. They've been running for several months now.

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This is an excellent source. Thanks for mentioning it. I go to original sources when I can. For example, I read the original trial records of Dr. Samuel Mudd, who treated John Wilkes Booth. They are fascinating and shed real light on that sad and conflicted episode.Maryland In The Civil War

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2011 1:47:01 PM PST
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Ain't it always? ;-P

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Posted on Mar 7, 2011 11:05:12 AM PST
A weekend of memories. 150 years ago it was Lincoln's inauguration in Washington, and the rival event in Montgomery, Alabama. There was a special luncheon at the Willard Hotel in Washington, which hosted the original Lincoln post-inaugural luncheon. So timne and memories march on.Maryland In The Civil War

Posted on Mar 8, 2011 6:47:08 AM PST
On this day in 1862, the CSS Virginia (formerly the USS Merrimack) sank the USS Cumberland. As the Merrimack, it had been in port at Newport for repairs when Virginia seized the base. Everyone watched in fascination as Virginia refitted the ship as an ironclad. The day of wooden fighting ships soon was over. Maryland In The Civil War

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You make a good point. But it's irresistible, as your second sentence proves. So I should withhold the news that my home county's Admiral Franklin Buchanan, Commander of the Washington Navy Yard and founder of the Naval Academy, was the first skipper of the CSS Virginia?Maryland In The Civil War

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 8, 2011 8:37:23 AM PST
Longstreet was of course very controversial in the South - his chief problem, I always thought, is that he was not Stonewall Jackson! That Nathan Bedford Forrest controversy has even embroiled Govenor Haley Barbour, I hear. Once again Faulkner is proved right - the trouble with the past is that isn't even past!Maryland In The Civil War

Posted on Mar 9, 2011 6:16:31 AM PST
150 years ago today, March 9, 1861, the Confederate Government, meeting at Montgomery, authorized the printing of $50 million in Confederate currency. Looks like they were getting ready for the long haul. I wonder how many of those bills still exist!
Maryland In The Civil War

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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2011 5:53:45 AM PST
March 10, 1861. Governor Sam Houston of Texas refuses to recognize the Texas convention's decision to secede. He prefers that Texas become an independent republic, as it once was. (I have seen in Paris a plaque where the Texas diplomatic mission was located, before Texas joined the Union!) But it looks like he won't prevail.Maryland In The Civil War
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