This web blog is a collection of widely-varied viewpoints which focuses on the American War Between the States, or “Civil War,” and the periods before and after this conflict.  The entries are categorized for easier research of the topics presented, and readers researchers are encouraged to obtain the cited works for further reading and understanding of the points illustrated on the site.

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The Author:

Bernhard Thuersam is an historian born and reared in New York, and who has lived in the South for most of his life.  Educated in New York schools, he credits an undergraduate history professor with assigning an eye-opening book as the text for a “Civil War and Reconstruction” course and offering a fairly balanced account of the war, and why it occurred.

Mr. Thuersam lives in North Carolina and can be reached at