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  • When reading the case on John y. Beall you start to wonder to yourself if the odds were stacked against him. You notice that a confederate that is being charged in the north might not get the same trial that a […]

  • After reading the articles it definitely changed my perspective right when I read the case I thought that John Beall was definitely guilty of civilian charges but after looking further into the case and his […]

  • During the war, there were many stipulations of many turning their back against their respective side and or doing things against a certain code of moral ethics. A prime example of this is John Beall of Virginia. […]

  • After reading through the case I believe that John Y. Beall should have not have been convicted as civilian. He was simply acting under confederate military orders. As the case progressed we continued to learn […]

  • Anyone else reading that the Assignment 6 essay and notes are only supposed to be posted to google docs? I don’t know if I missed an email or something but I am seeing that people are posting them on here.

  • The charges against John Beall are: captured the steamboat Philo Parsons, sink Island Quean, acting as a spy near Kelley’s island, acting as a spy at Middle Bass Island, acting as a spy at the Suspension Bridge i […]

  • After reviewing the case of John Yates Beall, I still find him as guilty as the Military Commission did. He was found with seizing & capturing of the steamboat Philp Parsons, along with scuttling the ship after […]

  • Beall’s charges


    Charge I. – Violation of the Laws of War

    force of arms, seize and capture the steamboat Philo Parsons
    force of arms, seize, capture and sink the steamboat Ocean Queen
    found ac […]

  • After taking a closer look into political cartoons during the civil war it became apparent that although these cartoons are very satirical they tackled important topics during the war such as abolitionism, racism, […]

  • I chose to track Col. William Preston (No. 139). He is reporting everything that happened up to the death of General Johnston. He explains that General Johnston moved his forces through Monterey by a farm house […]

  • Zachary wrote a new post, Assignment 5 5 months ago

    Initially for my project I was going to follow Wallace W. Wood who enlisted in the union army in Michigan in 1861 but while researching it further I found he was discharged later that year in Baltimore and there […]

    • Fred replied 5 months ago

      During this time of learning about the Civil War, I’ve been fascinated by the organization of the Union army. I previously only thought about the war happening in the south and never really paid attention to the northern states even though they were obviously fighting in the war. I’m curious to learn more about the logistics necessary to move a regiment from Michigan all the way down to Baton Rouge.

    • This will be interesting to see unfold, because in my many of the letters I read the soldiers are complaining about the amount of marching they do each day.

    • I believe your new subject will provide you with much more information and potential for research. It will be interesting to learn about a regiment that is native to Michigan.

    • That’s pretty inconvenient that your original topic source was discharged but great that it did lead you to discovering your new topic which seems to be quite promising. I feel like these battles could lead in a lot of directions with a lot of quality information to discover to base your final project on.

    • I am very interested to see your findings from your Thesis on the Michigan regiment. I am very interested to see read where this regiment went and how they were used in the civil war. I am also very intrigued by the amount of data you got on this particular regiment.

    • I think its really great that you have decided to choose something close to our home. Excited to see how this research unfolds. I like this new idea.

    • I think this’ll be a really interesting topic to study. I’m doing sort of a similar thing for mine, where I’ll follow the letters and diary of a Michigan soldier. After his letters, though, there aren’t many documents about him, so I’ll be following the documents of the regiment that he fought with. It seems like you got a lot of quality information about this regiment, too.

    • That is a really good idea originally of tracking one soldier through war. Even though that tracking your one person didn’t work out I like how you transitioned to the unit overall. I believe not limiting your tracking to one person will give you a much fuller picture. Also, it would be interesting to know if your soldiers that your tracked that were KIA ever had the honor to be brought home to their families.

  • Patrick wrote a new post, Assignment 5 5 months ago

    Based off extensive research, this is what I have found that pertains to the Gettysburg address. Lincoln was at the dedication ceremony to the lives lost three months after the war where the speech was delivered. […]

    • So far you have done great research into your topic and I am interested to see what you do further on, I am also interested to see what evidence you have to support your thesis. Zach Wood

    • Fred replied 5 months ago

      Lincoln’s actions during this time were so important moving forward. I want to continue to learn more about how he went about making this address and putting his foot down to end slavery. I also wonder what his thoughts were going into the Gettysburg address in terms how what the reaction would be. He obviously knew the pushback would be strong but did he think the Civil War would end up being as destructive as it was.

    • It will be really interesting to see the evidence you use to back up your thesis, with it being such a bold statement. He was an expert at giving oral presentations; its intriguing to see their direct affect in the momentum of the war.

    • I believe you have a solid thesis statement and I like how are going to try to get both sides of the story. I am also wondering how the confederates reacted to the address. I look forward to reading your final paper.

    • Very excited to see you support your thesis. Seems like you have a great deal of research under your belt and it shows. I look forward to reading about the moral of the different sides. Im sure it is very interesting to see how they change throughout the battles.

    • You didn’t pick the easiest thesis in the world, which could prove to create a really interesting final project. I’m curious to see how you’re going to prove the statement since it’s so bold. I agree that both the Battle of Gettysburg and the Gettysburg Address were important pieces to the Civil War, but it’ll be interesting to learn more about how they helped shape the outcome.

    • I think that this is a strong thesis statement, and that it will be supported by the sources you have found thus far. I like how you contrast Union and Confederacy reactions to the address, because I have never personally considered how the Confederates reacted to the speech. Overall, this sounds like it will be a very interesting project.

  • Assignment 5


    Upon doing further research, my original idea for this project has changed quite a bit. As opposed to viewing two individual families, I will be reviewing a series of letters from various […]

    • I am really intrigued by your research topic I haven’t thought of how the letters soldiers received could influence them in some of these ways. I look forward to reading your work later on. Zach Wood

    • It’s a great idea because letters provided communication with families and gave soldiers some type of escape from the war.

    • Fred replied 5 months ago

      I’ve always been interested in the thoughts and feelings of soldiers during wars. I seem to ask myself how invested were they really and did they even want to continue to fight as the war went on? Learning the thoughts of our military, especially in this time period, would be fascinating to learn about.

    • your thesis is an interesting approach to this project. It explores a aspect of the war that is not usually covered. There is no better way to get into the mind of someone who fought in the Civil War then to read the words they thought were important enough to write down.

    • This topic on letters and personal writings of soldiers I think could be very interesting, giving you a first hand perspective through the words of the soldiers and people around/effected by the Civil War. This could possibly show their opinions on the war an how they have changed from start to finish, along with personal conflictions and their person lives. Being there can be so much information available like you said, this could take your final project into some cool atmospheres and places.

    • I am very intrigued by your thesis statement and like the idea of diving into soliders outside life beyond the war. I am very excited to read your findings on Davis and Meads papers. I am looking forward to readings your finding on how their loved ones were effected with there loved ones lifes on the line.

    • This could be a really cool project. Most of the time when we think about wars, we focus on how the soldiers felt about the entire situation. Usually, the opinions of civilians fall by the wayside. It’ll be interesting to see how some citizens viewed the war at the time.

    • I think you have a great idea to use letters for your final project and branching out from just the two will in my opinion allow you to get a much more informative picture of truly what was going on because limiting your information to a small number of sources can be one sided. Personally, I would be really interested to know the frequency that soldiers could get letters when fighting this war.

  • After looking more into the article from the Daily Picayune titled “ War of Extermination” I was able to find out more about the press itself as well as the article. The Daily Picayune was well read in the Sta […]

    • I’m interested to see what you do with the differences in publications between the north and south during the war, because i never looked into their differences.

    • It will be intriguing to see the topics you delve into deeper. I can sense slight differences in motivations and identities whilst reading many of the civil war letters and diaries.

    • Media has such a strong impact on the view that people have. Exploring these publications will give you an insight into the political and social values of each side of the war.

    • I can agree heavily with what you chose to write about, because not only was the media politically involved in the aspects of the civil war but they were also brought up in my own topic on surgical procedures and how they made it seem far more useless and barbaric than it really is. Media and publicity on any topic can have a large impact and seems like this could be a good topic being it’s involved in almost every aspect, even during the Civil War.

    • This is a really interesting topic. Im excited to see what you uncover. Its very fascinating to think that news was not spread over the internet like it is now. Keep up the good research.

    • Being a journalism major myself, I’m interested to see just what kind of role journalism played during the Civil War. Different newspapers from different regions would publish their own opinions, which probably swayed the thoughts of many American citizens. Good luck!

    • I really like how you are focusing on a Southern publication for the main chunk of your research. I think that this is a view that most choose to overlook based on where they are from. I know that I personally have never really highly considered the Southern point of view on these matters because I was taught they were “wrong”. The press and media influence us a lot in today’s world, so I am excited to see where research of this time period takes you in that regard.

  • Megan wrote a new post, Assignment 5 5 months ago


    What I’ve found:

    Diseases such as dysentery and typhoid were present constantly during the war. These diseases were both spread through contaminated water or food. Germ theory was not accepted at this ti […]

    • In my research I have read muster rolls and other documents that list casualties and there were more that died because of dysentery, and typhoid instead of being wounded in battle. I look forward to seeing how you complete your work. Zach Wood

    • Fred replied 5 months ago

      This is a very interesting topic. I would really like to learn more about your work considering these early methods of treating wounded patients are very interesting. Early medicine is always something I want to learn more about just to see how far we’ve come from one period of time to another.

    • This is really an awesome topic to choose, and I am almost jealous I didn’t think to do it. In studying war, especially in North American history, disease always tends to be the deadliest of killers. And the medical practices of the time were rather brutal and merciless.

    • This is a topic that has so much information to use and you seem to have a good hold and direction of where you want to go with it. My topic is pretty similar with connecting it to surgical developments through out the civil war and what they lead to. Something I found during my research is that more than half of the deaths from the civil war were related to and/or caused by infection or disease! I found that astounding, but is a reasoning and example as to why your topic is so important towards the medical advances during the Civil War.

    • I am very interested in your medical approach to this topic. I feel like this is overseen by many people studying and looking into the civil war. I am interested to see what tools and medicine they used to combat major injuries and how they adjusted so quickly when they found it didn’t work well.

  • The object that I’ll be focusing on for my final project is the personal diary of Sergeant Henry W. Tisdale.  Tisdale fought in Company I for the Thirty-Fifth Regiment of the Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry fr […]

    • Personal diaries like the one you are working with are always interesting and filled with valuable information. I’m looking for one of these myself to help with my research. Good luck with your project.
      Zach Wood

    • Im glad to see that you are able to use the diaries of an individual. It makes things much more personable and you get a better feel for whats going on at that time. Pages of facts and news articles only go so far. I look forward to seeing your final work.

    • That is so interesting that you are using a diary to be the foundation of your product. I wonder the reasons behind the decision to not let anyone read his own diary until he died. This would be really interesting to hear your opinion on this. That is also great and I can’t wait to hear you talk about his actions for the Medal of Honor.

    • I really like the idea of using a diary for your object. I feel like that leaves a lot of opportunity for the direction that you can go with the rest of your project. I believe that his account as a POW will be highly interesting because it is something that happened in the U.S. and nowadays, there are not many experiences that are similar. Overall, this sounds like it will be a daunting, but fun, task to tackle.

  • Jake Diss wrote a new post, Assignment 5 5 months ago

    Assignment Five

    For my final project I am going to be focusing on Mary Elizabeth Bowser, a union spy born on the plantation of John Van Lew. In the 1950’s Bowser diaries were discarded by her family members a […]

    • This is a good idea because you never hear/learn about most women who helped in the war. Although they were not aloud to fight, they did find other ways to help in the war time efforts.

    • I am very intrigued by your thesis statement, Women played a key role in the war and I am excited to read your analysis on what they did to help the cause. whether it was helping slaves or smuggling utilities, I am interested to read who, how and when they did this to help out the soliders. with Mary Bowser, I am excited to read into her life and see how big of a difference one person can make in a war.

    • That was a great idea as well as something that was really interesting g picking a spy as your foundation for the project. I can’t wait to hear about the time when the identity of the spy was suspected and the attempted burning of the southern White House. Another really great thing is that you can follow your spy past the was by looking into the actions of teaching.

    • This is really cool! I think to emphasize your thesis statement on the important parts women played, you could include other women who did the things you described, such as Clara Barton and Harriet Tubman.

  • In the last few weeks since I submitted Assignment 3, a thesis for my final assignment has come to form. As I began researching further into Michigan’s Twenty-Second infantry, I found some primary sources, m […]

  • Fred wrote a new post, Assignment 5 5 months ago

    John Alexander Logan’s life has influenced our society centuries later as well as how we respect those that lost their lives for our country. To review, I have decided to base my research paper on a well known s […]

    • Hi Fred,

      This is a great idea! If you have time in your paper, it might be interesting to compare how we treat the American military today versus the public response to them back then. You could also talk about the origins of Memorial Day if you would like to.

    • This is incredibly interesting. I regret to say I never knew who exactly started Memorial Day or who John Alexander Logan was but he seems like a very compelling figure. If you feel the need to in your paper, you could compare the public’s perception of military service and death in the military before after the civil war to explain the origin of Memorial Day.

  • Brady wrote a new post, Assignment 5 5 months ago


    During my continuous preliminary research about the Black Hat Brigade, I came across a source that will aid me through my paper. This secondary source is an essay written by Lance J. Herdegan on the military […]

    • I remember learning about this briefly in my Michigan History class. My teacher spoke about how Gettysburg wiped out 80% of the Michigan regiment, the population loss devastated the community after the war and is part of the reason why regiments are diversified now. This seems to be a very interesting topic,

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