“Dear Nellie”: The Civil War Letters of Ellen M. Sherman

By James M. Prichard In a letter dated 18 November 1862, Myrtilla “Tillie” Galpin scolded her childhood friend: “Nellie why for mercy’s sake don’t you write? Do you ever think that we only have a short time to enjoy the comforts and blessings of this world….”  Tillie was not the only correspondent to chide Ellen M. “Nellie” Sherman (1840-1914) of […]

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Duck…Duck…SOUP!

By the time this post hits the blog, I’ll be lounging and reading on the beaches of South Carolina (thanks, automation!) but in the meantime, I figured I best get to crankin’ out my June “recipe” column. So while I countdown the days until the commencement of my summer vacation (two), I thought What could be a better or more […]

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New Civil War Books

The Sesquicentennial of the Civil War is wrapping up this year and with it comes new scholarship on a myriad of topics. The Filson has collected several new books for the collection suitable for background research, fact finding, and general enjoyable reading. I have selected five books for this post that to me represent the diversity of topics from both independent […]

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Embattled Capital: Reflections of a Kentucky Community at War

Although the capital of a crucial border state, Frankfort, like many communities suffered from divided loyalties during the Civil War. The home of the venerable John J. Crittenden, Henry Clay’s chief lieutenant during the glory days of the Whig Party, the capital, while a small town in terms of population, was also the home of other prominent Kentuckians who were […]

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