2013-2014 Schedule

9/9 - Rob Orrison, Historic Site Manager at Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park, The Battle of Bristoe Station

10/14 - Lance Herdegen, award-winning author and Chair of the Wisconsin Civil War Sesquicentennial
, The Iron Brigade

11/11 - Dr. Christopher Phillips, Professor of History at the University of Cincinnati, The Punitive Crusade: Nathaniel Lyon and His War in Missouri in 1861

12/9 - Dr. Diane Barnes, Professor of History at Youngstown State University, Frederick Douglass and the Dawn of Emancipation

1/13 - Dr. John Henris, Professor of History at Kent State University at Salem, Friends for the Union: Quaker Communities in Ohio & Virginia During the Civil War

2/10 - Christopher Gwinn, Park Ranger at Gettysburg NMP, the 54th Massachusetts

3/10 - Jeffrey Hill, author, The 26th Ohio Veteran Volunteer Infantry: The Groundhog Regiment

4/14 - David Bastian, author, Grant's Canal: the Union's Attempt to Bypass Vicksburg

5/12 - Clark B. Hall, co-founder of the Chantilly Battlefield Association, the Association for the Preservation
of Civil War Sites, and the Brandy Station Foundation,
The Battle of Brandy Station


Primary Documents Portal

MVCWRT logoWelcome to the Mahoning Valley Civil War Round Table links portal page. There are literally hundreds of Civil War-related websites, and sorting through each one to find what you're looking for is an impossible task. What I've done here is listed fifteen of the more useful sites featuring original source material that I have researched so far to save you from having to do the work.

Of course, this portal page will be constantly changing as interesting and informative new sites that pertain to the American War of 1861 to 1865 are created, or existing ones are brought to my attention. I urge you to check back often to see what's new.


Research aids:

Old handwriting in genealogy research.
Deciphering Old Handwriting - From a genealogy course taught by Sabina J. Murray.
This is not a Civil War site, but it does offer good advice on reading old handwriting, which has changed over the years.

Using Primary Sources on the Web.
http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/rusa/sections/history/resources/pubs/usingprimarysources/index.cfm Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association

Original sources:

Manuscripts of the American Civil War.
University of Notre Dame Rare Books and Special Collections

Civil War Women.
Duke University Libraries: Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library

The Avalon Project: Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy (19th Century Documents: 1800 – 1899).
Yale Law School, Lillian Goldman Law Library

Making of America.
Cornell University Library

Documenting the American South
University Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Born in Slavery: Slave narratives from the Federal Writers’ Project, 1936-1938
Manuscripts Division and Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

The Valley of the Shadow
The Valley Project is a part of the Virginia Center for Digital History at the University of Virginia

Civil War Diary of Henry W. Tisdale, Company I, Thirty-fifth Regiment Massachusetts Volunteers, 1862-1865
Personal site published by Mark F. Farrell, Henry’s great-grandson

EHistory—Primary Sources Section
Ohio State University Department of History

Letters from an Iowa Soldier in the Civil War
Pvt. Newton Robert Scott, Co. A, 36th Iowa

Washington during the Civil War: The Diary of Horatio Nelson Taft, 1861-1865.
American Memory Collection, Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress

The Civil War Letters of William (Billy) A. Elliot, Co. A of the 11th NC.
The website Shotgun’s Home of the American Civil War

Absolom A. Harrison, Company D, 4th Regiment, Kentucky Calvary Volunteers
The website Shotgun’s Home of the American Civil War

The Diary of Edwin B. Weist 
The website Shotgun’s Home of the American Civil War

VMI Archives, an Online Historical Research Center—Civil War Letters, Diaries, and Manuscripts
Virginia Military Institute