2015-2016 Schedule

9/14 - Harold George, historian, The Allegheny Arsenal

10/12 - Tom McMahon, Williamsburg Battlefield Associatioon, The Battle of Williamsburg

11/9 - Wayne Motts, CEO of the National Civil War Museum, Fighting the Civil War: Historical Treasures of the Conflict in teh Collection of the NCWM

12/14 - David G, Moore, Vice-President, author and historian, William S. Rosecrans and the Union Victory

1/11 - Eric Campbell, Ranger at Cedar Creek NMP, Early and His Army in the 1864 Valley Campaign

2/8 - Hugh Mullen, historian, (impression) Sgt. Smith Stimmel, Body Guard to President Lincoln

3/14 - Stephen M. Hood, Descendant of General John Bell Hood, The Lost Letters of Confederate General John Bell Hood

4/11 - Tom Kirker, co-founder of the MVCWRT, TBA

5/9 - John Michael Priest, historian and author, Gettysburg: the Soldiers' Perspective of the Fighting at Sickles's Salient


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