Since December I’ve spent most of my sabbatical catching up on long-delayed work at home, caring for the kids on snow days (that sure was a bleak winter!), and working on a book on the early days of the U.S. Civil War. Yep, I’m becoming one of those insufferable CW geeks (which is my Instagram handle, CW_Geek78. But don’t bother checking it out because I hardly use it).
I’ve also discovered that there is a vibrant community of Civil War buffs both online and in the greater Washington D.C. area. It seems that there’s always someone out there that knows more about the war than I do, regardless of how many books I’ve read. But an understanding of the early days of the conflict remains murky and controversial. It’s been more than 150 years now, and we’re still trying to figure out why the country split in two and engaged in a bitter, four-year fratricidal conflict.