Brian Stout

  • 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.

  • I chose to examine Captain Robert H. Sturgess 8th IL. Infantry battle report on his accounts of his regiments movement from camp in Pittsburgh into the Battle of Shiloh. According to Sturgess report, his unit were […]

    • Hey Brian,

      I liked how you pointed out how there could always be information or details missing or left out. There’s never a full clear picture of history especially when there are two sides being expressed and/or argued that can cause holes in the true understanding of what took place. But there are always two sides to a story right? Maybe having these two sided gaps fills a larger understanding of each sides aspects and thought processes further explaining why certain things began or occurred under the POV if the certain individual?

    • That is a great thought on seeing the confederate reports and gaining their perspective. Just seeing one side of the battle can be possibly make you draw a very one- sided opinion and the reports from the confederate sides would not only help you fill in the missing gaps for situations where you would not know about but the reports would also help you see a different perspective from the situations you already have a lot of knowledge about.

    • There had to have been a ton of information that was left out. I’m assuming documenting a battle in real time has to be incredibly difficult. This has made me wonder who documented the wars in the first place. I wonder how much effort was put into it or if those in charge at the time cared at all about how the war was documented.

    • I also found the same map you used to be the easiest to read and understand. It really helped that there were drawings showing the movement of different units throughout the Battle of Shiloh. Also, I agree with what you said about reports missing certain information. It’s fine to read one battle report, but in order to gain a complete understanding of the battle, historians must consult multiple reports in order to piece together everything that happened so that as little information is missing as possible.

    • I also thought the arrows were helpful in the map and to help me better understand what actually was going on. I think its great that you found some many details but I’m sure there are so many that don’t make the cut because of the amount of time and place they were documenting this.

    • “Although the first hand account of the battle report by Sturgess gave a lot of accurate information, another good source to look at would be the confederate sides report on this area of the battle to see their perspective of the movement of the Union soldiers.”

      I’ve always heard the quote “History is told by the victors” and I believe this to be true. However, with a situation like the Civil War, its interesting to have access to both sides’ reports. Having the confederates side of the story is a easy way to get rid of any discrepancies that comes from the victors point of view.

    • It’s interesting that your report described an open field as placement for one of their positions, as mine did also. Not all the maps had significant terrain detail on them, and who knows how accurate that truly is. I could not determine which open field my report referred to so it’s nice that you did.

    • I agree that the battle report helped alot. Also The maps i used provided little to no help unless The battle report was read beforehand. Lastly, I agree that many of the events that actually took place were left out in battle reports and or other reports.

  • For my final project I was looking to examine an article from The Daily Picayune published in New Orleans Louisiana. The title of the article is titled A war of extermination. I want to focus on the media in […]

  • Region of the US- Slaves had to deal with harsh conditions since the majority were in the South of the United States. This caused many challenges for the slaves outside of their hard labor they endured during […]

  • Hello my name is Brian Stout and I am currently enrolled in Masters of  Teaching program in Chicago. I am working on my masters and teaching license at the same time. I went to a small liberal arts university in […]

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