Happy Memorial Day. Today we celebrate the soldiers who gave their lives while serving our country. The holiday was once called Decoration Day because soldiers graves were decorated with flowers. Today volunteers place flags on graves in national cemeteries. The history of Memorial Day goes back to the Civil War. That’s the only thing that anyone agrees on. Where it actually originated remains a mystery.
We don’t have a traditional post for you today. Instead we would like to remind you that some of our favorite authors contributed to our Book Stories series so if you are looking for something fun to read you can get caught up. We would also like to suggest a few Civil War related gems.
According to The Civil War PBS site the film is being remastered and will be available on PBS in September. The original is free on Amazon for Prime members. What I enjoy about Ken Burns films is that they are even handed. He shows people as people and isn’t afraid to show us that historical figures were human.
The Aftermath of Battle: The Burial of the Civil War Dead by Meg Thompson. This book isn’t out yet at the time I’m writing this post but I’ve added it to my ‘to read’ list. It comes out May 19th just in time for Memorial Day and it looks amazing. I’m really looking forward to reading it.
Strange and Obscure Stories of the Civil War by Tim Rowland is fantastic. I really enjoyed this. I listened to the audio book read by Fred Sanders. I can tell you that it lives up to its name.
If you’re looking for traditional Civil War era music I suggest 2nd South Carolina String Band. Their rendition of Amazing Grace is beautiful and soul stirring. When you listen to one of their songs you feel as though you’ve been transported back in time and are listening to the real thing. It’s powerful stuff.
Finally, if you would like more of a mix of modern and traditional Civil War songs I suggest Divided and United: The Songs of the Civil War. This album is full of big names and beautiful songs. My favorite song is Richmond Is A Hard Road To Travel by Chris Thile and Michael Daves. I also loved Take Your Gun And Go, John by Loretta Lynn. Two Brothers by Chris Stapleton sounds like it belongs in a movie. These are new interpretations of old songs and, while most of them lack that campfire quality, I think they are more accessible.
Enjoy your day!
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