Journal of a graduate student in military history and the American Civil War


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As I said in my post dated Feb. 9, 2008, my decision to add a kudos page could be perceived as an act of shameful self-aggrandisement. I prefer to think of it as a karmic act of thanks to those folks who have taken the time to make a nice comment either on my blog or theirs or in email. It’s my modest plug back to them. Where available, I have provided a link to their site. My thanks to you all for taking the time to shore up this novice blogger. And now, a few kind words from colleagues around the blogosphere…

from reader Rita..

This is a wonderful site, especially for history fanatics like myself.  I found you while surfing for info on drummer boys in the Civil War.  You’ve shared some really important information.  Thanks for being so dedicated.

Posted on February 8, 2009 at 7:58 am

from reader “Mark”…

Your blog is absolutely fantastic, you should be very proud of it. I’ve recently found it and added it to my google reader list. I’ve started exploring your archives, will definitely leave more comments in the future. Thank you for putting this effort out there for people to share.

Posted on June 25, 2008 at 12:55 pm

from Eric Wittenberg…

at Rantings of a Civil War Historian and author of a number of books on Civil War…

Kudos to Rene Tyree March 18, 2008

I would be remiss if I didn’t give credit where it’s due and if I didn’t point out what a great job Rene Tyree’s doing over at the Wig Wags blog. Rene’s been posting some remarkably insightful and thoroughly fascinating material on Jominian military history that are some of the most informative blog posts I’ve ever seen.

Keep up the really great work, Rene.

An Excellent Series of Posts December 18, 2007

Rene Tyree has an excellent series of posts on his blog that began about a week ago on the causes of the Civil War. Tonight’s installment is part 8 of the series, and it’s really very well done and very insightful. I highly recommend the entire series to you [see Exploring Causes of the Civil War here], and wish that Dixie Dawn would take the time to read these posts, as the series constitutes one of the best and most concise analyses of the causes of the war I have yet seen.

Keep up the very good work, Rene.

Housekeeping Matters December 11, 2007

I have…added a link to Rene Tyree’s blog, called Wig Wags. Rene is a graduate student in military history at American Military University, where I used to teach. The stated objective of the blog is to organize course material, but it seems to go much deeper than that. I find Rene’s insights and observations interesting, so I’ve also added a link to Rene’s blog.

from Chris Wehner…

at Blog 4 History: American and Civil War History and author of the upcoming book, The 11th Wisconsin in the Civil War

Wig-Wags is a great new blog by a military history student that I have added to the blogroll. This is easily one of the best new Civil War blogs around. Currently posted is an excellent discussion on the causes of the Civil War: Exploring Causes of the Civil War – Part VII: Political Discord, Slavery, and the Fight for Political Control. Welcome Wig-Wags.

from Mannie Gentile…

This [Railroad Generalship] is one of the most interesting ACW posts I’ve encountered in quite some time. Haupt is often mentioned in passing, but seldom with any depth. Thanks for a quick study.


from George Skoch…

Simply an AMAZING site…as eye-catching as it is useful. And very user-friendly. (June 5, 2008 )

[George has made maps for some of the country’s leading Civil War historians.]

from Harry Smeltzer…

at Bull Runnings


..Rene over at Wig-Wags is doing a nice job documenting her journey through the Civil War and academia, so I’m adding her to the blogroll. Check it out.

from Daniel Sauerwein…

at Civil War History

A week of history and history blogs November 21, 2007

This new blog is off to an interesting, but promising start. Wig-wags is a blog created by Rene Tyree, a graduate student in military history with an emphasis on the Civil War.

from Geoff Elliott…

at The Abraham Lincoln Blog

Thank you for your take on Lincoln. I find it to be quite good and you’re off to a great start with your blog. I’m going to be adding it to my own blogroll. (Comment on Wig-wags, November 17, 2007)

from Don Caughey…

at crossedsabers.blogspot.com


First of all, great job with the blog, I look forward to every visit…Keep up the good work.
[Comment on Wig-wags, November 20, 2007]


Found some good stuff at NYT last night that helped a lot. Thanks for the tip!
[Comment on Wig-wags, January 30, 2008]

from Heather Vallance…

at The Pen and Spindle http://penandspindle.blogspot.com

After thanking Heather for listing WigWags on their Feb. 4th “This Week in Research Resources” post, Heather wrote…

Rene, it’s our pleasure. You have a great blog.
[Email, February 4, 2008]

from Andrew Duppstadt…

at the Civil War Navy Blog http://civilwarnavy.blogspot.com

I enjoy your blog. Keep up the good work!
[Comment on Wig-Wags, February 3, 2008]

from reader History Lover…

at http://myhistorymystery.blogspot.com

“You have a wonderful blog, full of great info. I totally enjoyed it.”

from reader KD…

“…It really is cool to see how far and wide your newsletter/blog is appreciated. I just wanted to take this opportunity to also thank you. I save most of the Wig-Wag editions and it is a favorite newsletter, period.:-)
Thank you again for putting it together for all of us

KD Bosch

from reader Laurence Freiheit…

I enjoyed reading this post!
(December 21, 2007 Comment on Wig-wags refering to On Historiography and Roman Civil War.)

from reader Mario Minichino…

Hi Rene, Wow what can I say great site!
(Comment on Wig-wags, December 9, 2007)

from reader Kacin Alexander…

I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the good work. Look forward to reading more from you in the future.

Kacin Alexander at officialdebate.com

from reader kmo…

A wonderful site, Rene. Great, you do the studying and all the hard work, and I’ll pop in here now & then to learn more about the Civil War.
(Comment on Wig-wags, November 6, 2007)

from reader Aline…

Great site! My civil war knowledge consists of having read the Shaara trilogy and touring the battlefields at Gettysburg. I’ll look forward to visiting occasionally to learn what you’re learning!
(Comment on Wig-Wags, November 6, 2007)

from reader Sherrine…

Lovely site Rene – touche!
(Comment on Wig-Wags, October 25, 2007)

Written by Rene Tyree

February 9, 2008 at 12:04 am

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