Anne Cross

  • Notes on John Y Beall

    John Y. Beall was a man from the confederate army who was accused of being a spy
    Charges and Specifications Against John Y Beall

    Unlawfully seized and captured the Steamboat […]

  • One thing that I think would be beneficial to include is what preserving war sights means for the land, what do they put on the land? is their a memorial? would people be able to visit the land? etc.

  • Your thesis is a very good point and something I have never thought of before. I think it would be interesting to look at letters from family members to soldiers to see if they ask about living conditions, food rations, etc., it may be possible to see if soldiers leaving out details actually did help with worrying from the family.

  • I think it is a really good idea to focus on one soldier’s experiences, that way you can get first hand information on that particular infantry. A possibility which may add to your project is maybe including a solider from the confederacy to focus on too, maybe not as much as Oliver Norton but enough to show if the war experiences was different or…[Read more]

  • For my ISS class last year we read “The New Jim Crow”, written by Michelle Alexander, which shows how Jim Crow laws have evolved into present day. If you wanted to include what these laws transformed into for your project that book may be interesting to look into!

  • As I have been doing research for my project I have confirmed my initial belief that Abraham Lincoln from the beginning through the end had the desires and intentions to protect the union. I have been looking […]

    • Lincoln’s position of ending slavery to help the union and not because he was an abolitionist is similar to the position of union soldiers. After reading letters written by soldiers it seems like they supported freeing slaves because they believed it would help win the war.

    • I opened some sources you post. I found they are very interesting. Those sources provide me with a deeper understanding about the social position of black soldiers during that period. There is no doubt that Lincoln made a great contribution to abolish slavery. He tried to give slaves freedom and change their living condition.

    • It will be interesting reading your final post. There has been so many conflicting accounts of what Lincoln’s true motives were. I honestly can say that I have no idea as to what the truth really is however your project has me interested and I will have to do some research about this as well.

    • You mention that Lincoln’s main priority was maintaining the Union, and ending slavery was more or less a by product of the war. From heard and read in the past, I think this is true. But I’m curious, if based on your research, how strongly do you think Lincoln felt about slavery. Did you think he viewed it more as a legal issue or moral issue?

    • Anne,

      I would certainly agree with your statement that Lincoln’s main focus was to keep the Union from collapsing. I never saw Lincoln as having a very strong moral ideology regarding whether or not slavery was acceptable, but I believe that – through his speeches – it is highly apparent that Lincoln’s main goal was to assure the security of the United States and, given slavery was the massive force that had been creating conflict throughout the Union, he was required to pick a side and do what he could to abolish it to keep a universality among the people.

    • I think this is a wonderful idea and very unique! I love Abraham Lincoln and your ideas seem to formulate on his achievements and successes as a human and a president. I think Lincoln is a great inspiration especially in today’s government of having a leader lead two very split nations so selflessly and honorably. Your ideas seem to showcase his honorable intentions. Perhaps you could focus your thesis a bit more, as it seems a bit broad where you stand now and it might make it difficult to elaborate beyond the basics. Perhaps add in influences Lincoln had and challenges that proved particularly harsh. Also, the North and the South’s perception of him and the changes he was to bring about would be especially important to discuss. All just suggestions, but great work so far!

  • I also ran into the same problems when trying to place my general on a map for the same reasons as well. But I would have to agree with you on what you said about the maps, some of the maps I looked at were very difficult to follow and I had a hard time trying to figure who was who. I already struggle with following google maps on my phone so…[Read more]

  • I think that the fact your general gave landmarks to show location was really beneficial for not only you for this assignment but for historians. My general also stated which other infantries his was next to or around but unlike yours did not provide landmarks to show where they were so I had a hard time placing him on a map.

  • I think you brought up a really good point about looking at the account of both sides (confederate and federacy) when historians make the battle maps. Both sides would have different opinions on what happened and historians would have to try to piece together and figure out the real story, which would be rather difficult.

  • 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.

  • I chose to follow Col. George F. McGinnis who led the Eleventh Indiana Infantry. In McGinnis’ report he stated movements of the infantry, for example that they took position to the left of Thompson’s ninth Indiana […]

    • I totally understand your struggle to pin point the location of the narrator for the report because I struggled with the same issue. It seems as if many of these maps were written so that the people who were involved and in command were able to understand where each man was because they had a briefing where all the troops and their “squadrons” would be.

    • Hi Anne!

      I had a similar struggle with you as to placing the Brigade at specific points on the map based on his accounts. The only reason I could pinpoint him exactly was because of the interactive map. I find it impressive how much you did find out about his movements just off of his accounts. Some were not as detailed. However, the primary maps are not very detailed so perhaps back then they did not know we would ever be able to precisely pinpoint their locations.

    • I too struggled with finding the troops I originally decided to track. I actually struggled so much so that I decide to look at a map first, and identify troops that I could find a battle report for. I didn’t need to do this but I did. It just goes to show the struggle of patching an accurate image together using these old primary sources.

  • I have always been very interested in Abraham Lincoln and also his writings / speeches because I feel as if he was a very powerful speaker. For my project I guess I would have more than one primary resource but […]

    • Anne, that’s a fascinating idea! It seems like it’ll be a literary exploration, along with historical. I’ll be interested to read your progress.

  • I had similar findings with my research; the interview I read seemed as if she was pretty content with her life in comparison to Bibb who was the complete opposite. I think it was interesting because I was able to look at the two sides of slavery and compare two very different experiences.

  • I also found it really interesting that not all resented their owners, the interview I read did not mention her owners all too much but never said anything bad about them.

  • 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.

  • I also believed that all slave owners, for the most part, were treated their slaves as if they were property but after reading the interview I learned that was not always the case. The interview I read made it seem as if she was more of a maid rather than a slave and she did not perform hard labor, which surprised me. Also like you, I felt like…[Read more]

  • Slaves typically lived in the South as they were needed to work on plantations. Slavery died out in the North by the time of the Civil War. The south’s economy was  based on plantations, which required the […]

    • I think that Bibb’s account of slavery is the one the most people expect. Surprising that the slave owners didn’t take better care of their slaves as they considered them property and therefore, as such, they would have been the greatest assets of the plantation. It would stand to reason that slave owners would’ve wanted their slaves to be well fed and cared for so their productivity could be optimal. Perhaps the cruelty and mistreatment were ways to keep the slaves oppressed mentally as well as physically and less likely to want freedom or even know what to do with it when they had it. I agree that researching more accounts from former slaves of varying situations would be needed to have a better understanding.

    • I reading your interpretation of your slave narrative you raised a few good points. One is the different struggles faced by men and women in a slave holding nation. Another good thing you pointed out was that even the slave who was treated way better than Bibb wanted her freedom. This raises the point that treatment aside all slavery is wrong. Just because someone treats you well doesn’t make it okay for them to own you.

    • It seems that extreme brutality against was not as common place as it seems in movies and other media that features slavery, but I think it’s important to remember that slavery is a brutality and violence done against humanity and the humanity of those that are enslaved. Just because slaves that are treated more humanely than others recognize that things could be worse, does not mean that they are content with what they have; telling themselves it could always be worse is probably just a really commonplace coping mechanism because I’ve read about that being the same reaction in many of these accounts of former slaves.

    • The account that I read was very similar in that he was treated fairly well and had a lot more freedom than Bibb did. Having two such drastically different experiences helps in understanding what slavery did to people. And there are many more different experiences to be read.

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