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“In the Small Things Forgotten we find the Everyday Experience of War”

How did a citizen become a soldier? Once in the army, how did he adapt to military life? How and where did he sleep? In what ways did the experiences of camp and campaign transform him? As a student of … Continue reading

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Primary Sources: Conclusion of a Series

Just over two weeks ago – on January 12, 2019 – Emerging Civil War authors started pulling books and files to share about some of our favorite primary sources on the blog. It’s fostered some great discussions and spotlighted some … Continue reading

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Primary Sources: The Official Records

The most important collection of primary sources arguably is the Official Records of the War of the Rebellion. This massive collection of after-action reports and correspondence, both from army and naval actions and campaigns, are universally known and used in … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: The Huntington Library

While we’re talking about primary sources, this is a great moment to share about a site you’ll definitely want to visit if you’re in Southern California. The Huntington Library in San Marino, California (near Pasadena and Los Angeles) is often … Continue reading

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Primary Sources: Generals in Bronze

Dozens of diaries, manuscripts, and newspapers come to mind when I reflect on my favorite American Civil War primary source. William B. Styple’s Generals in Bronze: Interviewing the Commanders of the Civil War (2005) stands out among them.

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Primary Sources: All for the Union and Company Aytch, For Example

When asked about ideas concerning primary sources that might be recommended to ECW readers, it did not take me more than a second to exclaim, “All for the Union!” This book—the Civil War Diary and Letters of Elisha Hunt Rhodes—was … Continue reading

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Primary Sources: Slavery as the Cause of the Civil War

Last week, I had someone challenge me on Facebook about the cause of the Civil War. Because slavery wasn’t a cause of the war, he said, the point I was trying to make was moot. “It wasn’t *a* cause of … Continue reading

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Primary Sources: Through a Telescope Backwards

Perhaps no experience is more fulfilling for a historian than becoming immersed in contemporary first-person chronicles, viewing dramatic happenings through the eyes of those who lived them. Thankfully, our Civil War ancestors were avid and literate recorders of that fascinating … Continue reading

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ECW Podcast “Talking About Primary Sources” Is Now Available

Keeping with our “Primary Sources” series this month, Chris Mackowski and Kris White talk about the use of primary sources in research and writing. This is a must for anyone interested in learning more about how historians work behind the … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 1/21-1/27/18

What is your favorite primary source from the Civil War? How has it helped your studies or why is it special to you?

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