Tag Archives: Unpublished-2022

Unpublished: Conclusion

We’re wrapping up the blog series “Unpublished” with the usual end-of-series list of all the posts. Sending a big thank you for the writers and to all the blog readers for making this series interesting, lively, and unique. We hope … Continue reading

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Unpublished: Chatting about Civil War Women’s Writings

A couple weeks ago, a few of the women at Emerging Civil War discussed unpublished primary sources on a Zoom call.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Unpublished: What’s Not in the O.R.s?

As Walt Whitman famously said, “The real war will never get in the books.” When I think if “unpublished sources,” I start wondering broadly about what never made it into print. As this series has demonstrated, there’s a ton of … Continue reading

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Unpublished: Thomas D. Evans Pocket Diary, 1864

It’s smaller than my hand, delicate, and hard to hold open to read the fading ink and pencil. However, this pocket diary is where Thomas D. Evans wrote about the weather, notes about military actions, and later the daily record … Continue reading

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Unpublished: Channing Price’s Pocket Diary, 1861-1862

If you know the historical name “Channing Price,” you probably associate him with the “glory days” of General J.E.B. Stuart and the Confederate cavalry in the East. This young officer served on Stuart’s staff from July 29, 1862, until he … Continue reading

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Unpublished: A 5th Maine Musician Detailed Mundane and Crucial Events

Unpublished letters written by a 5-4½ musician first class offer historically rich insight into minor and major events involving the Army of the Potomac.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Unpublished: Unit Papers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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