Tag Archives: Primary Sources

Unpublished: Chatting about Civil War Women’s Writings

A couple weeks ago, a few of the women at Emerging Civil War discussed unpublished primary sources on a Zoom call. The conversation lasted nearly two hours and rambled a bit. While the notes have been lightly edited for brevity … Continue reading

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Unpublished: Unit Papers

Neil Chatelain in this series has touched upon a personal favorite of mine: unit papers and war diaries. These are often underappreciated, but can reward the diligent researcher. These resources, which include regimental papers, war diaries, and headquarters papers, are … Continue reading

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Women: Preserving & Destroying Primary Sources

The world has no right to my heart… They don’t get to know what I said I’m burning the memories Yes, I listen to the Hamilton soundtrack too much (even though it’s not Civil War era), and “Burn” is an … Continue reading

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I’m Looking In The Archives For The “Bad Friend”

I’ve been in North Carolina part of this last week for a very quick research trip, looking for missing pieces of a research puzzle. One of the “delightful” things about doing a biography project with limited surviving/preserved/accessible primary source documents … Continue reading

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The Romney Expedition: Confederate Tales of Snow and Ice

Part 1 of a series In January 1862, Confederate General Thomas J. Jackson set off from Winchester Virginia and headed west into the mountains of western Virginia, intending to capture the town of Romney, remove Union troops from the lower … Continue reading

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Reconsidering Humor in Civil War Primary Sources

Someone challenged me to read The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker, and it’s been one of my recent “non-history” books. However, that doesn’t mean I didn’t *think* about history while reading. While several sections caught my eye about … Continue reading

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The Post-Shiloh Musings of General Sherman

There is little doubt that the Battle of Shiloh, April 6-7, 1862, changed not only the nature of the American Civil War, but also the trajectory of William Tecumseh Sherman’s career.  Going into the battle Sherman was working diligently to … Continue reading

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“And So We Took Fort Sumter”

April 6, 1861. The plot thickens. The air is red-hot with rumors. The mystery is to find out where these utterly groundless tales originate.[i] April 7, 1861. [Private section of the diary] News so warlike I quake. My husband speaks … Continue reading

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A Conversation with Garry Adelman (conclusion)

part six of a six-part series I’ve been talking this week with Garry Adelman, chief historian at the American Battlefield Trust. Garry wears many other hats, though, including Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg and co-founder of the Center for Civil … Continue reading

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A Conversation with Carol Reardon (conclusion)

(part seven of a series) I’ve been talking this past week with Carol Reardon, who’s been one of the most successful Civil War scholars to bridge the gap between the academic world and the general public. Carol’s also been a … Continue reading

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