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

Additions to this blog are generally made weekly, so please check back often. 

The Author:

John Bernhard Thuersam is an historian born, reared and educated in New York, Georgia, Florida and North Carolina.  He credits an undergraduate history professor with assigning James G. Randall’s 1937 “The Civil War and Reconstruction” text which opened his eyes to the complexity of this war which changed the Founders’ America. He is author of “Key West’s Civil War: Rather Unsafe for a Southern Man to Live Here.” Available at and  

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