Tag Archives: Research

Home Libraries: Where Is That Book?

It’s one thing to be unable to locate a book on the shelf or find it hiding out like the proverbial “snake that would’ve bit you” on your desk. It’s another dilemma when you can’t remember which library to look … Continue reading

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I’m Studying The Civil War…Which Century?

Help! I’ve spent more time looking at 20th Century sources this last weekend than 19th Century sources. But I haven’t actually left Civil War studies and eloped with another war. To explain more properly, I’m looking at Civil War memory. … Continue reading

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The Artillery Manual Coloring Book?

A few weeks ago, I sat in the reading room at The Huntington Library combing through old books on artillery. I’d been through Hunt’s tome on an earlier visit and had started perusing an 1850 manual of similar content, when … Continue reading

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6 Ideas For Finding Her Story

Just some afternoon research thoughts on women’s studies… In addition to my military history project on horse artillery, I’ve been sifting through primary sources and piecing together a clearer life story for Arabella W. Griffith Barlow, wife of General Francis … Continue reading

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Can I Really “Jine the Cavalry”?

I was about ten years old when I first read a reference to the Civil War song “Jine the Cavalry” in a kid’s biography book about J.E.B. Stuart. Curious, I wrote a friend, asking if he knew the lyrics and … Continue reading

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Order of Battle – Why Those Lists Matter

Late last evening I was working on a project involving the First Battle of Fredericksburg. Jotting notes about the Army of the Potomac’s Grand Divisions, I could not find the right Mr. Sumner. My searches turned up “Charles Sumner” and … Continue reading

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Essential Civil War Curriculum: A Glimpse Into The Publishing Process

Have you used The Essential Civil War Curriculum from Virginia Center for Civil War Studies at Virginia Tech? Have you wondered about the process for creating those articles and resources?  JLD (Laurie) Woodruff, Executive Director and Editor for The Essential … Continue reading

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Rethinking What Civil War Soldiers Remembered

Recently, I spent a day at a Civil War living history event here in California. It was a welcome break from a full week of research and writing, and I certainly enjoyed visiting with friends and networking with some of … Continue reading

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‘Citizen Archivists’ and Civil War Documents

When I began my research on an Ohio African American Civil War regiment, the 27th United States Colored Troops (USCT), the only option I had if I wanted to read the soldier’s compiled military service records and pension files was … Continue reading

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Those Seconds Repay Hours Of Research

Earlier this year, I arrived at a genealogy society to give a presentation on Civil War Medicine. I set up my laptop and PowerPoint, projecting my presentation cover image on the large screens. While waiting for the meeting to come … Continue reading

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