As I grind through sourcing First Fallen this summer, which is insanely frustrating at times, I had to decide just what I could go dig into myself and what I might–yes–here it comes . . . need to hire a research assistant for. I immediately called Eric Wittenberg for advice, and he told me to call Brown University. No fool I!! I called, and was told by nice people how to create and post an ad for a grad student to do research in the John Hay Library this summer.
I did so, and found a wonderful researcher, and today she sent me this:
I cried. I teach middle school, and I have seen kids do this sort of thing to their names so often. If I ever needed a reminder that Elmer Ellsworth, who began working almost full time when he was fourteen, left home at sixteen, and was well on his way to a career before he was twenty-one, was still just a kid, then this is it.