Tag Archives: Unpublished-2022

Unpublished: A 5th Maine Musician Detailed Mundane and Crucial Events

Unpublished letters written by a 5-4½ musician first class offer historically rich insight into minor and major events involving the Army of the Potomac. Born in Saco, Maine circa 1834, Samuel Franklyn Parcher lived in Portland prior to enlisting in … 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Unpublished: Unit Papers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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Unpublished — The International War: Alabama Claims Documentation

This source is not exactly unpublished, but close. It was printed once—long ago—by the U. S. government. Until recently, it was scarce and mostly unknown. And it is a treasure trove of primary source material for the international and naval … Continue reading

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Unpublished: Memoirs and Scrapbooks in Kenosha’s Civil War Museum

When Ruth Painter Randall wrote her biography of Colonel Elmer Ellsworth, published in 1960, many of the primary sources she used were scattered over museums and historical society collections in Illinois and Wisconsin. Luckily for me, by 2016, all this … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 6/20-6/26/22

Do you know of some unpublished primary sources that are historical treasures? Can you give us a little explanation or preview in the comments?

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Unpublished: Transcribing for Research & Publication

One of the joys (and disadvantages) of working with unpublished primary sources is that they are time consuming. Life consuming, if not handled with care. Later, in the blog series, I’ll share about a couple of unpublished diaries, but since … Continue reading

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Unpublished: A Trio of Favorite Unpublished Primary Sources from the Civil War and Beyond

When I saw Emerging Civil War would feature favorite unpublished primary sources of its members, three immediately came to mind. All hold special significance for me through different avenues, but only one is from the Civil War. Nevertheless, I thought … Continue reading

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Unpublished: Learning about the Civil War in Notre Dame’s archives

Archives about Catholic ecclesiastical affairs, leaders and prominent figures may not seem to be the most obvious place to look for evidence of Copperhead activity during the Civil War. But consider, for example, the James McMaster papers in the Notre … Continue reading

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Unpublished: An Introduction

In 1887 when Union veteran John D. Billings published his book Hardtack and Coffee: The Unwritten Story of Army Life, he wrote the following for the dedication: To my comrades of the Army of the Potomac who, it is believed, … Continue reading

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