About the Author

Welcome to The Civil War Project! I've had a passion for this period in U.S. history since I was (just under) three years old. It's not about the battles for me; it's always been about the people.

- Carrie L. Barnes

Lincoln Home, March 1979, Springfield, Illinois

Lincoln Home, March 1979

Springfield, Illinois

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A very young me at the Lincoln Home, March 1979, Springfield, Illinois

A very young me (with family)

Lincoln Home, March 1979

Springfield, Illinois

 © The Civil War Project (TCWP)

Lincoln Tomb, March 1979, Springfield, Illinois

Lincoln Tomb, March 1979

Springfield, Illinois

 © The Civil War Project (TCWP)

When I was two years and ten months old, my parents & visiting relatives went to the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, followed by the Lincoln Tomb, in Springfield, Illinois. We were living in a nearby mobile home, just six miles from where our 16th President lived with his wife and four boys. The horse-hair furniture, the steep staircase, and the ornate red/blue/green/white carpet in some of the main rooms became my earliest memories. The simple tomb imprinted on my brain even more. The large, granite cenotaph, surrounded by a half-circle of flags, made me wonder if God himself was buried there. (After all, the cenotaph was probably as tall, if not a little taller, than I was!) The silence of the adults gave me a signal that this was a place that was important & serious. My father crouched down beside me, and in a whisper explained how the family who had lived in the house we had just seen was buried here. And because my parents were pretty good about treating me like a mini-adult, he went on to explain how someone had killed the father who had lived in that house. That he had been the leader of our country during a great war, a war that was fought to set others free. And that a man who was afraid of change killed him, though the war had already been won. Now, we come to his home, and come to his place of burial, to honor his life & pay our respects for the sacrifices he - and so many others - made.

 

It's said a lot, but kids at very young ages often retain & see a lot more than what adults sometimes give them credit for. I knew it wouldn't be appropriate to ask any questions while in that room, though I had a lot. Instead of asking my parents later, I went on a personal quest. As I learned to read, I sought out books about Abraham Lincoln, his family, the Civil War, and the assassination. Each time I found an answer, I usually found myself with three or more new questions. The search to find all of the real, complicated stories involving this period has been never-ending, and I love that! I will never stop learning as long as I'm blessed with the ability & time.

I find this topic so fascinating largely because of the people, from all walks of life, who lived during such a unique time in U.S. history. The purpose of The Civil War Project (TCWP) is to create Civil War-related content that is informational and entertaining while utilizing various mediums, including videos, blogs & photos. While some of the more popular people, locations & events will be highlighted, I also want to focus on the people & events who don't often get much of a spotlight. My goal is to share the knowledge and experiences I've obtained, not just with fellow history lovers, but even with those who maybe never cared about the subject; or worse yet, disliked it entirely. It's my sincere hope to present content at a level that is not just approachable, but relatable.  I truly believe there is something out there for everyone, and I hope I can inspire you to find what excites you!

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Me (Carrie) & my husband Maurice (and the best historical travel partner a gal could ask for!)

Devil's Den, Gettysburg, PA