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Definitive comprehensive account by the greatest living authority.

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Author/Editor and 'Southern Gentleman' - Helga Marion Ross and Nathan Bedford Forrest
"The Civil War is a tale of tremendous struggle, determination, and courage, of both its Northern and Southern protagonists. With mind and heart, for several years now, I have religiously followed the annals of both sides in the conflict. I have been there through the various advances and retreats of the Union and Confederate Armies, through many a pitched battle, through brilliant maneuvers and lost opportunities, through ground gained and lost, through acts of bravery, fortitude, and utter folly." - My Rush to War: Civil War Trails Beckon

Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight. - Psalm 144:1

"It is well that war is so terrible, or we should get too fond of it." - Robert E. Lee

Dear Reader, I invite you along on this journey....

My Rush to War: Civil War Trails Beckon

Tony Horwitz's Confederates in the Attic kick-starts me....
For such a pacifist - I can't bear to see any living thing suffer -
What is it about war that draws me?

A Period Rush: Gettysburg Revisited

On a high at the High Water Mark.
Reminiscences of a sultry summer day at Gettysburg battlefield July 22, 1998.

Civil War Trails: Lost in the Wilderness

The Wilderness. I know you. I love you. You scare me.
The Park Service really ought to brush up on the navy blue paint...

Civil War in Westfield: Battle of 2nd Bull Run (2nd Manassas)

We're on the way to the Civil War - the American one -
No, not Virginia, not Pennsylvania, not Tennessee - Rockton, Ontario.
A setting where time stands still.
I really will have to talk to more Canadian Yankees and Confederates
when I have the opportunity...get to the bottom of this.
How peculiar am I?

Civil War Trails: Chickamauga Moves Me

A rendering of my impressions of the battlefield
Dedicated to Dixie Man and his ancestors who fought there:
Pvt. John T. Hill, Co B, 3rd SC Regt.
Pvt. William James Taylor, Co.I, 3rd SC Regt.
Kershaws Brigade of Infantry

Illinois Red: A Parable

A Southerner's perspective.
How things looked from the Barnyard when Illinois Red Rooster arose and crowed.

The Cost of Union

A Northerner's perspective.
Highly recommended web site w/Civil War pages.
Not the typical 'North Right, South Wrong' litany of musings and material.


Site: Battle of Salem Church, Va (May 3, 1863)