Saturday, January 30, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
I received the comment below from one of my blog readers, and I thought it was deserving of inclusion in a regular blog posting. So, with the permission of the writer here is a first-hand account from a true Footnote.com veteran:
I've been a full member working in several Confederate files for about two years, and I've racked up over 120,000 annotations, or indexing entries, mostly in documents related to
I don't think this indexing process will ever be complete--there are just too many documents and too many names, even for the Trans-Miss, and there are the serendipity moments like with Forshey. One name leads to another and another. It it truly one of the most amazing sources I've ever seen for Civil War researchers, paired with the free online searchable OR. I'm constantly amazed at how much paperwork survived, and dismayed at how much evidently didn't. (Did they have a bonfire at Bonham of much of the
P. S. I just remembered another favorite find from the correspondence of Udolpho Wolfe, quartermaster in
‘The Influence of the ‘Almighty Dollar’ in time of War, as well as in times of peace seems proof against loyalty or patriotism. Where the money is, there will be found the seller, and where it is not[,] patriotism may solicit in vain.’”
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Several months ago a blog reader mentioned the online resource Footnote to me, and just recently Stuart Salling, the creator of the new
1860 census records
Confederate Amnesty Papers
Confederate Citizens File: These documents “pertain to goods furnished or services rendered to the Confederate government by private individuals or business firms.”
Compiled Service Records for Confederate Soldiers
Compiled Service Records for Union Soldiers [These records have not all been scanned in.]
Southern Claims Commission [This also appears to be incomplete at this time.]
The only drawback with this site is that it is addictive!! I found myself searching census records, reading amnesty papers, looking at service records, examining FBI case files, and perusing newspaper ads—before I knew it an hour had gone by.
I’m amazed at how much has changed in regard to historical research in a relatively short time. When I worked on my dissertation, I had to use microfilm to examine census records and certain other types of documents. Now I can read census records in my den and download journal articles from databases subscribed to by my university’s library. Wow!
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
October 4, 1862: Harriet sent a beeswax candle.
October 26, 1862: Harriet sent “a bottle of Tomato catsup, [and] a few dried peaches”, “candy and apples”, “over pants”, “three pair of yarn socks, comforter & cap”, and “red pepper to cook with your fresh meat.” She sent Norflet, Theophilus’ slave, two pairs of socks and his suit. Also she gave Theophilus “patches for Norflet to mend his clothes & yours too if they need it” and “your pistols”.
Feb. 1863: Theophilus sent “Sugar Lumpy [his daughter] a great sheet of paper filled with pictures of animals.”
Feb. 19, 1863: Harriet gave Theophilus “one pair of pants, two pair of drawers, a few candles & a little coffee (all I had) a towel which I designed for you to use in wiping your dishes & a piece of cloth to wash them with”.
Feb. 19, 1863: “Your Mother sends Norflet one pair of pants, two pair of drawers & a shirt—Fanny, Norflets wife sends him two pair of socks & the comforter.”
March 8, 1863: Theophilus reported that he received gloves and winter clothing in November including “overhaul pantaloons”.
July 28, 1863: Harriet mentions sending items to Theophilus, but she does not detail the items that she sent.
Dec. 18, 1863: Theophilus sent her a handkerchief, a baby’s blanket, sheepskins, bed ticks, pecans, and some cloth. Harriet said she would send him some tobacco and some shoes as well as paper if she could get it.
Dec. 20, 1863: Theophilus gave Harriet “the balance of the fifteen yards of cloth I bought.” In his January 29, 1864 letter he says that 10 yards of it was calico that he paid $10 a yard for and 4 ¾ yards were “Government Cloth” that he paid $5.50 a yard for.
Jan. 20, 1864: Harriet refers to recently sending him socks.
Jan. 29, 1864: Theophilus mentions receiving candy, apples, and pound cakes.
Feb. 14, 1864: Harriet had a bundle prepared with “flannel drawers” and “Sugared fruit” [this consisted of “figs, pears, and two qualities of Peaches”] and “two shirts nicely done up” plus a “cravat”.
Feb. 14, 1864: Theophilus reported buying “six yards of Cotton ade for pantaloons at a dollar & half a yard” that he planned to send to Harriet.
Feb. 21, 1864: Theophilus purchased “two large fine Combs & one black toilet comb” for Harriet and mentioned purchasing “Ware Cloth” and “Overcoat cloth”.
March 9, 1864: Theophilus received pantaloons from Harriet.
March 27, 1864: Harriet sent “bacon and flour” to Theophilus.
April 5, 1864: Theophilus asked Harriet to send him “two cakes, sponge cake or pound cake. Gingerbread is unhealthy.”
The correspondence ended with the death of Theophilus on April 17, 1864 as the result of a wound received at the battle of
Friday, January 8, 2010
Thanks to Christmas gifts from kind relatives, I now have a stack of new books to read for 2010. Unfortunately, I am not a particularly fast reader so I often despair of being able to read all of the books that I really want to read. Occasionally, I enjoy highlighting books that I have found personally rewarding. Among these is The Southern Journey of a Civil War Marine: The Illustrated Note-Book of Henry O. Gusley edited and annotated by Edward T. Cotham, Jr.; I found this to be an excellent and relatively quick read. Published by the