The Civil War Project: 160th Anniversary (2021-2025)
In 2011, I started this website as a way to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Civil War (CW). As a life-long enthusiast of CW history, I wanted to take all of the knowledge I had stored away in my brain over the decades and put it in writing. As much as I had read about the war - and more specifically, the people who lived through it - I could never quite wrap my head around what it must have been like to live it every single day, for over four years. The center of my plan focused on a daily blog that highlighted various people & events (big & small) around the country, so I, and the reader, could relive the CW in real, day-by-day time. It was incredibly ambitious, and I would be the first to admit that I fell very short of my goal. Life sometimes has other plans that conflict with the paths we want to take, and due to some major life, health & career changes very early on in the project, this site never fully became what I had envisioned.
That being said, with 150 published posts, and 35 pages of unique content focusing on historical locations, people, and movie & book reviews, the original website had over 60,000 unique visitors in a ten year span. I received hundreds of personal emails, including ones from published authors, teachers, and even students, sometimes with questions, and many with genuine appreciation and support. I have always felt incredibly honored by every visitor and every interaction, and it's a key reason I'm back here writing my first post in several years.
It's now 2021, and we are quickly approaching the 160th anniversary of the CW, starting with the battle of Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina, on April 12. A lot has changed in our own world in 10 short years, but the stories have not; they have always been there, they just haven't always been the ones to receive the spotlight.
So, I'm making it official: The Civil War Project (TCWP) will begin posting day-by-day accounts of the CW starting April 12, 2021.
What has always fascinated me the most about the CW is the people. This site will show the war through the unique lens of women & men that come from a wide variety of backgrounds. It will focus on those both known & unknown, because together they weave a story that people don't often hear. When it comes to military strategy and detailed battle analysis, I will leave that largely to those out there who have that amazing knowledge. While I will cover the battles in some fashion, the focus will be on those ordinary people that lived during an extraordinary time. Some rose to the occasion, while others fell very short of their potential. But in the end, each one of them left their imprint on our history.
I will also be introducing a brand new component: Original videos made exclusively for this site. These will largely highlight historical CW locations across the country, with an occasional video on a person or event.
For those who have been to this website before today, I welcome you back! I have moved the website to a different host, so all of the original content is gone & I'm starting from scratch. You'll likely see all of it again in one form or another over the course of time.
Leading up to April 12, there will be occasional new posts briefly covering the days leading up to the war, along with a few new videos, so please follow TCWP on Twitter and/or Facebook for updates.
This website is still a one-woman show. I'm not a historian, but I do care about accuracy. As someone who has had an extreme fascination & obsession with this part of our history since I was three years old, this site is simply my passion project. While I must state that this site & related content is for entertainment purposes, I certainly hope you find some good educational value here as well.
I officially welcome you to The Civil War Project, and I look forward to sharing this four year journey with you!