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WELCOME TO HISTORY 304!

Welcome to HST 304, The American Civil War! The American Civil War stands out as the greatest crisis the Republic faced in its history after 1788, when the Constitution was ratified. The war was fought between the Southern states of the Confederacy and those that remained loyal to the Union. And, though many scholars debate…

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Assignment 6

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. Beall was convicted of gorilla warfare and was caught spying on multiple occasions. He was found guilty and…

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Assignment 6

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 more about the spy accounts that Beall committed. He was accused of spying at Kelley’s Island, at Middle Bass Lake,…

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Assignment 6

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 acting as a spy at or near Kelley’s Island found action as a spy at or near Middle Bass Island found…

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Assignment 5

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, and military battles. “Civil War political cartoons offer a look into an important time in the history of the United States that…

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Assignment 5

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 were no further documents for him, but I was able to find documents for the company…

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Assignment 5

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. The battle of Gettysburg was one of the biggest battles in the civil war and in my opinion is…

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Assignment 5

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 sources in order to draw conclusions on how individuals reacted to social, political and military acts. I had to slow…

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assignment 5

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 State of Louisiana and was also known in other southern states, especially during the Mexican war…

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Assignment 5

  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 time and proper hygiene standards were often not followed. The miasmatic theory was the popular belief in the medical community at the…

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Assignment 5

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 from 1862-1865.  At his request, Tisdale’s family did not read the contents of his diary until after his death in 1922.…

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Assignment 5

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 and unfortunately a lot of information about her early life was lost.  Before the start of the…

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Assignment 5

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 statue in my hometown of Chicago, IL. The statue is of John Alexander Logan who left his…

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Assignment 5

  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 expedition of the Iron Brigade. Although this source alone isn’t sufficient enough to sustain a whole research paper,…

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Assignment 5

So far looking into my object, “Forneys War Press”, published by John W. Forney, the Newspaper has been an enjoyable experience. In this newspaper I have found out that this paper was bought by many in the state of Pennsylvania during the Civil war period. In researching deeper into this newspaper and what it stands…

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Assignment Five

Secondary Source https://www.battlefields.org/learn/biographies/george-armstrong-custer The Civil War Trust website is helpful because it gives a solid background into Custer’s military endeavours during and after the Civil War, and is a good starting point for further looking into his involvement in the war. 2.) Primary source https://www.battlefields.org/learn/maps/gettysburg-east-cavalry-field The Battle of Gettysburg was one of the most pivotal…

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Assignment 5

1. Key Finding: -The rifle-musket Accounted for nearly 90 percent of the casualties during the Civil War. -Although there were american manufacturers, many designs were shipped to Europe to increase production of rifles. -Although the rifled barrels made rifles more accurate, much of the war was still fought at close distances because the fighting tactics…

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Assignment 5

What I have learned about Andrew F. Davis’s diary since assignment three is he was of Liberty, Union County, Indiana, enlisted in Company I, 15th Regiment, Indiana volunteers on May 14, 1861. Davis was commissioned as a second lieutenant on September 10, 1861 and as a first lieutenant on November 1862. I found these key…

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Assignment 5

For this assignment I used a photo depicting fallen Confederate soldiers near a cannon. After reviewing the photo and reading many pages about Civil War weapons I learned that the cannon model was most likely a Napoleon because that was the model used mostly by both sides.  The source I used to compare the picture…

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Assignment 4

For this assignment I could not find volume ten but I found volume ten part 2 and followed three commanders, Colonel Taylor 5th cavalry Ohio, Capt. Emil Munch of a Minnesota battery, and Capt. Stone of another battery, mentioned in a series of orders written by J.H. Hammond Assistant Adjunct General. It looked like General…

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Assignment 4

On April 12, 1862 Col. Alfred Mouton of the Eighteenth Louisiana Infantry wrote his report of the battle of Shiloh. Although Mouton’s writing was very descriptive in describing the calamity of war, the route in which he traveled is difficult to follow. It was not until the end of his report that the had mentioned…

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Assignment 4

For this assignment I wanted to focus my attention on general Braxton Bragg, a senior officer of the Confederate army. He was a commander under Johnson during the Battle of Shiloh. He is best known for his troops attacking the hornets’ nest for countless hours as the confederate troops surround union soldiers.  According to the…

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