Baby steps on a very long walk!
Monthly Archives: July 2014
Really interesting article and well-researched. The subject of Civil War soldiers bearing tattoos is something I’d like to know more about. Seems quite incongruous to me….
The enlistment records of many Irish recruits during the Civil War provide detail on age, height, hair/eye colour and complexion. Although informative, this data still leaves us without a picture of life experience, or any insight into character. One exception was those men who enlisted in the Union navy. The marks and scars they acquired during their lifetime were recorded on enlistment, providing us with a unique opportunity to garner more detail about both their appearance and their personalities. Perhaps most fascinating of all are those marks that the Irishmen had chosen for themselves- their tattoos.
I have recently examined the enlistment records of the New York Naval Rendezvous for July 1863 to create a database of those Irishmen who enlisted during that…
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From the Spirits of Bad Men Made Perfect project…
From The Spirits of Bad Men Made Perfect project… never-ending research is bliss to me.
Really interesting post via Twitter from one of the top Civil War historians (Peter Charmichael) working today. I need to noodle on this a bit and then I think I’ll have a comment/reaction.
by Thomas Nank ‘16
My experiences at Antietam National Battlefield over the past four weeks resonate consistently with two points in the 1994 survey conducted by David Thelen and Roy Rosenzweig, but raise some questions about a third. My unscientific observations of the people who come through the Visitor Center at the battlefield lead me to conclude that many visitors are linked to the past through familial connections, and that most visit the park to connect with American history. I find little evidence, however, that African-American visitors find a deep connection to their ethnic past through the story of what happened at Antietam in the fall of 1862.
The author interpreting.
Almost every day, the Visitor Center front desk staff gets at least one inquiry, on some busy days up to 4 or 5, from visitors with a family connection to the battle. “My great, great, great grandfather fought here with…
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