I’m particularly fond of websites that make available digital images of primary sources (letters, diaries, newspapers, etc.). I’ve featured the Community & Conflict: The Impact of the Civil War in the Ozarks website before, and it is well worth a visit. The Springfield-Greene County Library District, in cooperation with several other entities, has made available a number of diverse primary documents on the website. Here are just a few of the collections on the website:
Benjamin Fullager Papers—He documents service in
Captain Maxwell Phillips Order Book—Phillips served in the 3rd Regiment Indian Home Guards, and his order book concerns activities at
George Falconer and Albert Ellithorpe Diary—Falconer was a Confederate soldier in Colonel J. J. Clarkson’s Missouri Cavalry, and he, along with his diary, was captured at the Locust Grove skirmish in the
Moses J. Bradford Collection—Bradford, a member of the 10th Missouri Infantry (CSA), was captured at the battle of
Elizabeth Thompson Papers—She and her husband owned a general store in
The collections on the website are the kinds of collections historians use in researching and writing their journal articles and books; at least they should be the type of sources that historians use! Dig in, and check out the “raw materials” of historical research and writing.
Keep an eye on this website; according to a recent article in Hallowed Ground, the publication of the Civil War Trust, “The Trans-Mississippi Virtual Museum and Digital Photo archive” will soon be posted. An artifact gallery and hundreds of photographic images from the