Today, my copies of The Armchair Reader: Civil War arrived. This is a project I started working on about a year ago and has finally come to fruition. It’s a nicer looking book than I expected, honestly, quite thick and very well designed. It’s 400 pages of little trivia and obscure facts about the American Civil War, and I had a really excellent time researching and writing my articles.
I’m flipping through it trying to remember what articles I actually composed, it’s been such a long time since I wrote them. I recall covering the eccentric habits of Stonewall Jackson, who may have invented jogging one hundred and twenty years before it really caught on, women who disguised themselves as men to fight in the army, and a variety of ad hoc currencies and coinage that sprung up to account for the scarcity of money during the war years. It’s a good read, and I’m looking forward to seeing the pieces written by the other contributors.
Amazon: Armchair Reader: Civil War