The Civil War: A Documentary by Ken Burns – A Definitive Portrait

It is well that war is so terrible… we should grow too fond of it… – Robert E. Lee watching the battle of Fredericksburg. An anecdote about Wilmer McClain, who moved his family from Bull Run, where a Union shell landed in the summer kitchen of his house, to Appomattox Court House, where Lee surrenderedContinue reading “The Civil War: A Documentary by Ken Burns – A Definitive Portrait”

Heaven and Hell by John Jakes

Heaven and Hell is the final book in the trilogy about the Civil War by John Jakes. In the series he introduced us to the Main family from South Carolina and the Hazard family from Pennsylvania. Many members of each family were followed on the various courses taken as the country was leading up toContinue reading “Heaven and Hell by John Jakes”

A Review of the novel Love and War by John Jakes

This novel is the second in Jakes’ Civil War trilogy. Love and War picks up the lives of the Main and Hazard families right where North and South left off. The Mains are rice planters in South Carolina. The Hazards are steel manufacturers in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. The Civil War is just beginning. Brett MainContinue reading “A Review of the novel Love and War by John Jakes”

Book Review – North And South by John Jakes: Two Families, One Fate

If you’ve only seen the mini-series by the same name, you’re missing out on quite a lot. There is more of everything in John Jakes’ novel North And South: more characters, more intrigue, more story, more history. In studying American History in school, and the Civil War in particular, we are often given clinical reasonsContinue reading “Book Review – North And South by John Jakes: Two Families, One Fate”