Tyler Cazier

  • The fact that the North lost more men to battle and disease than the South surprises me every time I see that stat. The North had way more men and should’ve crushed the South, but the South had better fighters and were able to kill off more men, but ultimately got overwhelmed by the larger number of Union troops.

  • It is very interesting to hear that the soldiers were extremely happy when they knew a battle was coming. If I had been in the war I would’ve been terrified all the time thinking about getting shot or killed and certainly not hoping for a battle.

  • I hadn’t known before reading this that the Union soldiers received pensions but the Southern soldiers did not. This makes sense because they were the enemy, but it is not always a good idea to create such high tensions between the winning side and the losing side. This happened after WWI and led to WWII, thankfully we didn’t have a second civil…[Read more]

  • This is a great topic to research on! Not many times have I ever heard about the importance of woman during the Civil War, but woman had to have played an important role. This is something I am definitely interested in reading about and will no doubt be looking into these things in my freetime!

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    I discovered plenty of really interesting things during the research on my project about how trains were used in the civil war. First, the South had only about half of the rail lines as the North […]

    • One thing that might interest you for your paper to bring in the aspect of slavery would be to look into the motivations of both the north and south in keeping or getting rid of slavery. Like you have said, the north was more industrialized than the south, therefore, the north did not need slaves for their economy, unlike the south with an economy based on agriculture relying heavily on slaves.

    • Before reading your post I had never really thought of the ramifications of the railroad system during this time. Its interesting to think about how transportation of any kind may have affected the outcome of the War. I think it would be interesting in your project to try and discover how the War may have ended diffusely if there were more railroad systems in the South. Also, it would be interesting to talk about what the South did to make up for their lack of railroad lines in terms of how they moved supplies and soldiers in comparison to the North.

    • I agree with you that advantages in areas of infrastructure and technology were a huge part of union victory to the war and that the more advanced rail system helped them a lot with moving supplies. What I think is interesting to think about, and you did touch on this a little bit, was that most of the war was fought in the South. I imagine that may have caused some problems with building a railroad or catching up with the North in that area. I like the subject.

  • That’s awesome that Brigadier General Chalmers mentioned he was near Brigadier General Chalmers so that you were easily able to identify the starting position of the unit. For me the hardest part of the activity was pinpointing exactly where the starting point of my unit was. If I would’ve had something like this in my battle report it really…[Read more]

  • I too had difficulty reading some of the maps, especially the ones that didn’t have a scale to base off of. Trying to determine a starting point for the unit really was disheartening as I tried to map out my units movements through Shiloh. Since the person writing the battle report assumes that the people reading it will know where each units camp…[Read more]

  • You are correct in saying that you need accounts from both sides to get what really happened in a situation. In wars, the winning side usually gets to tell everyone what happened and make everyone think what they say happened, but it is important to hear both sides of a story.

  • I find it interesting that you picked a confederate officer for this assignment. Most of the blog posts I’ve seen, and myself, choose to read about a U.S. officer. I assume this is because of my northern bias but it is definitely important to see others views about what happened in the war. Seeing how they believe the tide of the battle shifted by…[Read more]

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    I read 4-5 of the battle logs and decided to choose Lieutenant Colonel, Enos P. Wood, of the 17th Illinois Infantry, as the officer to follow. Colonel Wood was much more descriptive of the […]

    • There were a couple topography maps I saw in the resources provided. The general I picked was not very descriptive at all, otherwise I think it would have been cool to see where the hills and valleys were. Your guy sounds much easier to follow around on the map than mine was.

    • I thought what you said about including too much detail in battle plans was interesting. I never thought about it like that, but I supposed too much detail would make it difficult to closely follow the movement of a unit. Especially when there’s so many other movements happening.

    • The general I followed also gave pretty decent details on their locations and movements, example “moved 500 feet forward” or “moved a mile towards the enemy”. But one problem I ran into was the general I followed did not give exact locations other than saying they were next to another infantry so I found it rather difficult to place him on a map.

    • Hi Tyler!

      You are absolutely right, some of the officers were much better about accounting for their movements on the battlefield. Perhaps this was due to the heat of the moment and perhaps forgetting their steps. Anyways, it seems as if you chose a great officer because his accounts seem quite detailed in terms of track-ability. I also faced the same challenges with the primary maps, but it seems you were able to use the maps together to piece his story together most accurately. That’s helpful!

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    For my research assignment I chose to look at the Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant.   From this memoir, I hope to gain a greater understanding of how the railways were used throughout the wa […]

  • Region of the US- Slaves were mostly present in the American south, while they still existed, they were not nearly as prevalent in the north. However african americans were treated as second class no matter […]

    • I noticed that most of our initial assumptions about the ideas of slavery were the same. I think it is an interesting point that you made that most slaves just wanted basic human rights. This struck a chord with me as I had never really thought that slaves weren’t arguing for anything grand or over the top but just the basic freedoms granted to other humans. It puts into perspective that slaves really just wanted to be treated as somewhat of a human being. I also found it interesting however how many slaves talked about their owners in a positive nature rather than the resentful nature I assumed. Your slave narrative furthered this point that some slaves were thankful for what their owners provided for them.

    • During my reading of the textbook, I still can’t believe how much racist rhetoric and ideology the South leaned on in order to justify slavery. We’ve always been taught about the horrors of bondage, but the mindset that normalized it is just as horrific to me, as many people truly believed God had created the black man to serve the white. With that in mind, it is refreshing to read these accounts that recall masters who treated their slaves well, even if that relationship was inherently one-sided.

    • Like you I feel like I had a solid understanding of slavery. In reading these personal accounts I also discovered that I had more questions. With the large spread in treatment of slaves I wonder what the motivation and belief system was for each of these different slave holders. On top of that it makes me wonder how these “nicer” slave owners justified having slaves.

    • Which state did Garey-Jones live in? I wonder if there was a standard of care that was unspoken depending on the area of the south a slave owner was in. As in, what that region found acceptable.

    • I would have to agree that I also felt as if I had a strong grasp on slavery but after doing this assignment I learned there is much more I can learn. Slavery really differed from person to person and there were many factors that contributed to their overall experiences.

    • You pointed out that African Americans would be treated as second class even in the north. It surprised me that they wouldn’t be treated as equal even in the north. I think this knowledge must have made life feel very hopeless for slaves; not only were they being forced to work but even if they were free they wouldn’t have the same liberty as white Americans.

  • Hi everyone my name is Tyler Cazier and I’m a chemistry major here at MSU.  I will be a senior next fall and I’m currently taking 3 summer classes online and working a research position with the Plant Path […]

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