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How to Research the American Civil Warby Richard A Sauers
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The demand by the general public for new material on the American Civil War has increased greatly in recent years. Information is being sought on projects ranging from researching the wartime service of ancestors to more accurate details for re-enacting and wargaming, to those who want to try their hand at writing a Civil War book or article.For many, a great deal of time, effort and money is often wasted before locating the proper resources, and many never do find information which may actually be readily available. Dr. Richard A. Sauers has drawn upon his many years of Civil War research experience to produce this handy guide that will aid in almost any Civil War project.Using government records, locating and utilizing specialized libraries and collections, touring battlefield sites, contacting and drawing on Civil War interest organizations, and making the best use of published collections are all covered, with many useful tips. Dr. Sauers is also very up-to-date on electronic Civil War sources, from Internet websites to massive collections that are now available and often easier to use in electronic form.
When the Civil War began in 1861, Philadelphia was one of the most important centers of industry behind the Northern war effort. The city housed two federal arsenals, a major shipbuilding facility, the country's largest locomotive factory, and the busiest flag manufacturer in the United States. Its bankers raised valuable government bonds and millions of dollars for the Lincoln administration. Several prominent U.S. generals were born in Philadelphia and the city mustered scores of regiments for the Union cause. Philadelphia, long a center of abolitionist ferment, provided safe haven for escaping slaves on the Underground Railroad, and later a recruitment camp for black soldiers was established near the city. This guidebook--the first of its kind--includes in-depth descriptions of all of Philadelphia's Civil War museums, archives, libraries, historical buildings, Underground Railroad sites, and cemeteries, and all the commemorative statues and plaques that abound throughout the city. It also includes an overview of the city's wartime history, directions for reaching the sites, and a selected list of accommodations with Civil War connections.
Dr. Richard A. Sauers has drawn upon his many years of Civil War research experience to produce this handy guide to both traditional and electronic sources that will aid in almost any Civil War project.
Sauers is also very up-to-date on electronic Civil War sources, from Internet websites to massive collections that are now available and often easier to use in electronic form.
About the Author
Richard A. Sauers, Ph.D., has written numerous articles and over a dozen books on Civil War topics, including How to Do Civil War Research. Dr. Sauers is on the board of advisers of the Civil War Museum and Library in Philadelphia.
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