Tag Archives: Research

Don’t Forget to Check the Tax Records!

It’s Tax Day (though I hear usual deadlines are extended to Monday this year since the 15th is Friday). I hope by this hour you’ve finished the grim duty or got an extension…. I’ve been trying think of a good … 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 “Emerging Civil War Series” Series: Call Out The Cadets

Why New Market? Why another book about the battle fought on May 15, 1864, in the Shenandoah Valley as Union soldiers once more tried to secure a strategic position and a scrambled together force of Confederate troops fought to prevent … Continue reading

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Writing Advice and Matchless Organization

ECW is pleased to welcome Guy Hasegawa, author of Matchless Organization: The Confederate Army Medical Department, the latest in the Engaging the Civil War Series, published by Southern Illinois University Press in partnership with ECW. Part three of three. Novice … Continue reading

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Historian’s Toolkit: Identifying 96th Illinois Soldiers

Diana L. Dretske authored The Bonds of War: A Story of Immigrants and Esprit de Corps in Company C, 96th Illinois Volunteer Infantry which is part of the Engaging The Civil War Series with Southern Illinois University Press. Today, she shares about her … Continue reading

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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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