Perhaps you’ve heard word from our friends at Savas Beatie about the recent release of a cool new research tool: Dr. Richard Sauers’ 3 volume study The National Tribune Civil War Index: A Guide to the Weekly Newspaper Dedicated to Civil War Veterans, 1877-1943. According to Savas Beatie, “No future Civil War study will be complete now unless the author writing it consults this invaluable set.”
Many of us at Emerging Civil War ordered copies for ourselves, and not a one of us has been disappointed. We asked Savas Beatie for a little info about the index that we could pass along to ECW’s readers, so if you’re interested, read on!
WHAT IS THE NATIONAL TRIBUNE?
The National Tribune was the premier Union veterans’ newspaper of the post-Civil War era (1877 – 1943). The NT published firsthand accounts by the veterans themselves (including privates to generals), and did so for decades thereafter (including some Confederate material). This rich, overlooked, and underused source of primary material offers a goldmine of eyewitness accounts of battles, strategy, tactics, camp life, obituaries, general articles, observations, debates, and much more.
The first two volumes are organized by author, his unit, article title, and page/column location. The third volume includes an alphabetical subject, author, and unit guide, as well as a “Unit as Sources” index that lists articles that mention specific commands, but are written by soldiers who were not members of that unit.
As an added bonus, this reference guide includes the contents of both the National Tribune Scrapbook and the National Tribune Repository, two short-lived publications that included articles by veterans.
Thanks to Dr. Sauers, Civil War researchers and writers worldwide now have easy access to the invaluable contents of this primary source material.
WHERE CAN I FIND THE NATIONAL TRIBUNE? (No, you don’t need to go to the library)
The National Tribune can be found in a variety of libraries across the country. Several institutions have complete copies of the paper, but most seem to have incomplete runs. Dr. Sauers includes a list of all these repositories, and what they include.
ONLINE: They are also available online, but page by page and unorganized, making their use almost impossible. That means this new printed index is more invaluable and timely than ever!
SPECIFICATIONS: Hardcover, 7 x 10, printed on 60# acid-free paper and bound with Arrestox B Navy Cloth, matching head and foot bands, with the title and spine stamped with gold foil.
The first 100 copies will have a special “John McElroy Edition” title page. (It was under his firm guidance that the National Tribune became the premier paper of Civil War Veterans.)