May 31, 2020 – I want to thank all of you who follow this blog for taking this journey with me through the 55 turbulent months that made up the War Between the States.

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We have now reached the end of the war, but certainly not the end of the conflict. The war spawned the long, complex and tragic process of restoring the Union, which, much like the war itself, lasted longer and caused more misery and destruction than anyone could have imagined.

The war produced fundamental and permanent changes in America: the economy shifted from an agricultural to an industrial base, over three million slaves were now free, and the new Republican Party now dominated Washington. Many of these changes still reverberate throughout America today. I hope this blog has given you a better understanding of why the war was fought, and why it holds such great importance in making America the nation that it has become.

I highly encourage you to buy my book, The Civil War Months, which covers much of the material in this blog and more. I also encourage you to buy my book, The Reconstruction Years, which details the events that occurred in the 11 years after the war.

This blog will be re-launched this November in commemoration of the 160th anniversary of the War Between the States. It will open with the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860, and travel through the 55 months of the conflict through May 2025. Until then:


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