Evan Kelly

  • Evan Kelly commented on the post, Assignment #5 6 months ago

    Similar to WWII I think the civil war exposed many women to life outside the traditional household. As the men went to fight, many women entered the workforce as well as acting as nurses aiding the injured in hospitals.

  • Evan Kelly commented on the post, Assignment 5 6 months ago

    In terms of the way war is waged I think its a safe bet that the civil war was the turning point that pointed us toward the more modern era of war. As muskets began to be replaced by rifles that could shoot considerable more often and with improvements to the range and accuracy of firearms the old ways of war with firearms quickly died. the…[Read more]

  • Evan Kelly commented on the post, Assignment 5 6 months ago

    The aftermath of the abolition of slavery is something I never really payed attention to, my attention was always focused on the bigger picture of reconstruction, I had no idea each state instituted its own “black codes”. It goes to show that even though slavery had come to an end, blacks still had a long and hard road ahead of them.

  • Evan Kelly commented on the post, Assignment 5 6 months ago

    It’s very surprising to most people to learn that in war the biggest source of casualties are sickness and disease. A huge part of that was through not having sanitary sources of water and infected wounds. In my research I found that shoes were actually a huge point of contention for both sides and at the end of battles the victors would take…[Read more]

  • While doing research regarding the economic effects of the Civil war on both the north and south I found that both parts of the country were profoundly affected and that the Civil war essentially defined the […]

    • In my common sense about the impact of the wars, especailly the Civial War, no matter the infrastructural damage or the national debt, the ripple effects for the economy was obviously. Economy reconstruction could also be an important issue faced by the country. But actually, destruction is alwasy accompany with reborn. Big changes can also bring big chances for the nation. The differences can also be an angle to see the impact on the econimic issues which brought from the war.

    • I had never realized quite how expensive the war was when initially learning about it. Its truly astounding to think about how much of a debt that was especially in comparison to what things cost in todays times. The American Dollar almost had a different value back then because prices were so much lower so I think it would be very interesting to try and discover that if the Civil War had been fought exactly the same but today how much it would cost. It also would be really interesting to discuss some exact correlations between economic trends today that spiral from the economy of America post Civil War.

    • 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 war, but the sides of the country still have a divide even today.

    • Learning about economic changes brought about by the civil war that you motioned was very interesting. I did not know the impact the civil war had on how taxes where levied and who they were levied on. I found this to be very insightful in helping understand why things are the way they are today. If only our debt was 2.7 billion today…

  • I also found the primary maps to be more useful when trying to track down smaller and less notable units within the two opposing armies. Similarly to you the report I used was very detailed when it came to landmarks and troop movement so I was actually able to track their movements sufficiently. Even with that said though, I think it would be…[Read more]

  • I would agree that the best way to get the most accurate picture of the battle is through cross referencing a great deal of primary sources from both sides. I found that when going through several reports there were many cases of the soldiers exaggerating the cowardice of the enemy or their own valor. History is written my the victors and I feel…[Read more]

  • Similar to you, I found the primary maps to be very useful in finding the specific landmarks mentioned in the reports. As time passes names change as well as the landscape making newer maps somewhat harder to follow when going off a first hand report written freshly after the battle took place.

  • Luckily for me the report I used for the assignment was rife with references to various landmarks and detailed descriptions of which direction the unit was moving and when. It’s kind of strange how different soldiers reports varied so drastically when it came to what they chose to report on. I think it would be interesting to compare Union and…[Read more]

  • I chose to track the movement of Brigadier General James R. Chalmers of the Confederate States Army, commanding the second brigade. Due to Chalmers mentioning his position to the right of Brigadier General Gladden […]

    • Interesting to follow a Confederate general. It may have been because I wasn’t looking for them, but it seemed most of the maps followed Union movements better than the Rebels. I also found the primary maps to be better laid-out than secondary ones, probably because of first-hand experience and orders as well as cross-referencing reports after the fact.

    • I too thought that the biggest challenge historians face when trying to piece together each hand written account was the bias. There are many different ways to tell the same story, and some may have been fabricated. It’s difficult to decipher what actually happened when each side is telling a slightly different story.

    • I completely agree that bias is the biggest obstacle in determining the accuracy of a report. Each officer, both North and South, is most likely to give an account of events that paints themselves and their unit in the best possible light. I think this is why official reports between officers so often conflicts in major battles (something which lead to many spats among fellow officers during the war).

    • In regards to bias’s, I am not particularly sure that I see that in the reports, but I see some of that in the maps. For example, the report given by Braxton Bragg was very humbled and slightly over-exaggerated casualties to show the severity of the en devour. As for one of the primary maps, however, I saw someone put far more Confederate troops surrounding the entirety of the Union army organized in a way that does not follow any other report I had read.

    • 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 would’ve helped me out!

  • The object I chose was the diary of John S. Jackman. Jackman enlisted in the First Kentucky Brigade of the Confederate Army of Tennesee. He was well educated compared to the majority of his peers and as a result […]

  • I think my experience was very similar to yours, I thought I already had a pretty comprehensive understanding of slavery already but after reading some of these personal accounts of slavery first hand I definitely got a more nuanced understanding. The fact that some slaves actually had harmonious relationships with their masters threw me for a…[Read more]

  • I think it’s important to look at things and be speculative to whether the author is trying to push a narrative or not, in terms of Bibb’s account I suppose its possible that he would write it in a way rouse people and push for abolition. It could also be possible that the interviewees felt pressured to give a less harsh depiction of slavery but I…[Read more]

  • The interview I ended up reading for this assignment was Silas Abbott’s, who similar to yours and Jordan’s, also had surprisingly kind things to say about his owner. In the interview Abbott even went so far as to say that he thought of his owner’s children were his own brothers. I think since slavery is such an ugly and despicable practice we tend…[Read more]

  • For my assignment I ended up using Silas Abbott’s account as well and had a similar reaction to it, the fact that he equated the relationship between himself and his owner as family was very shocking to me. It’s an interesting example that shows that not everything is as black and white as it may appear to be at first glance.

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          I believe slavery was primarily located in the southern states because of the booming agriculture taking place there. Although there was certainly slavery in northern states until northern states […]

    • Your comment that some slaves desired to stay with their masters after being freed surprised me because I had always assumed that slaves would want to leave and go far away from slavery. It makes sense after reading the narrative of a slave who had been treated well. Freed slaves who had been treated humanely would have wanted to stay with their former master rather than leave and face the racism and mistreatment from others.

    • 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.

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