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  • Megan commented on the post, Assignment 5 2 months ago

    This is really cool! I think to emphasize your thesis statement on the important parts women played, you could include other women who did the things you described, such as Clara Barton and Harriet Tubman.

  • Megan commented on the post, Assignment 5 2 months ago

    This is incredibly interesting. I regret to say I never knew who exactly started Memorial Day or who John Alexander Logan was but he seems like a very compelling figure. If you feel the need to in your paper, you could compare the public’s perception of military service and death in the military before after the civil war to explain the origin of…[Read more]

  • Megan commented on the post, Assignment 5 2 months ago

    I remember learning about this briefly in my Michigan History class. My teacher spoke about how Gettysburg wiped out 80% of the Michigan regiment, the population loss devastated the community after the war and is part of the reason why regiments are diversified now. This seems to be a very interesting topic,

  • Megan commented on the post, Assignment 5 2 months ago

    This is somewhat similar to my topic, as has been noted. In my research I have noticed there is a difference in death rate and medical care when comparing diseased soldiers in general hospitals to field hospitals or stations. Is it similar in your case?

  • Megan wrote a new post, Assignment 5 2 months ago

     

    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 ti […]

    • In my research I have read muster rolls and other documents that list casualties and there were more that died because of dysentery, and typhoid instead of being wounded in battle. I look forward to seeing how you complete your work. Zach Wood

    • Fred replied 2 months ago

      This is a very interesting topic. I would really like to learn more about your work considering these early methods of treating wounded patients are very interesting. Early medicine is always something I want to learn more about just to see how far we’ve come from one period of time to another.

    • This is really an awesome topic to choose, and I am almost jealous I didn’t think to do it. In studying war, especially in North American history, disease always tends to be the deadliest of killers. And the medical practices of the time were rather brutal and merciless.

    • This is a topic that has so much information to use and you seem to have a good hold and direction of where you want to go with it. My topic is pretty similar with connecting it to surgical developments through out the civil war and what they lead to. Something I found during my research is that more than half of the deaths from the civil war were related to and/or caused by infection or disease! I found that astounding, but is a reasoning and example as to why your topic is so important towards the medical advances during the Civil War.

    • I am very interested in your medical approach to this topic. I feel like this is overseen by many people studying and looking into the civil war. I am interested to see what tools and medicine they used to combat major injuries and how they adjusted so quickly when they found it didn’t work well.

  • Megan commented on the post, Assignment 4 2 months, 1 week ago

    I respectfully disagree with your comments on the usefulness of battle reports. The reports being old is actually to their benefit as they are written soon after the battle when the memory is fresh not a recollection years later. While soldiers are battle weary and many possibly traumatized, these reports are from commanders who have the best…[Read more]

  • Megan commented on the post, Assignment 4 2 months, 1 week ago

    I’d agree with your assessment, that certain commanders’ reports might have been written with the intent to be self aggrandizing. However, when writing to a superior officer and eager to keep your command it seems only natural to downplay the severity of events. While it makes things harder, it’s not really unique in that case. Primary sources are…[Read more]

  • Megan commented on the post, Assignment 4 2 months, 1 week ago

    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.

  • Megan commented on the post, Assignment 4 2 months, 1 week ago

    I agree it hard to imagine the full extent of a battle with only ordinary maps and the description of strategy and movement. The animated map was helpful because it showed the movements of the soldiers in a way easy to understand.

  • Megan commented on the post, Voume X?? 2 months, 1 week ago

    Go to Browse up above, then Browse Civil War Documents, then 2. Browse the War of the Rebellion

  • Megan commented on the post, Voume X?? 2 months, 1 week ago

    Go to Browse up above, then Browse Civil War Documents, then 2. Browse the War of the Rebellion

  • I chose to track the movements of Lieutenant Cuthbert W. Laing of the 2nd Michigan Battery. He served under Brigadier General Hurlbut, so initial troop positions were still reflected on maps.  However, even using […]

    • Hi Megan,

      It is interesting to me that you say LT Laing mentions a log cabin. This was not mentioned in the records I read and I had pictured it as a remote area based on what I had read. I remember seeing a hospital on the map, but I had assumed it was a war hospital, not an established building. I am constantly remembering how wrong assumptions can be when reading history. I wonder if that cabin was occupied at the time?

    • It sounds like Lt. Laing had some detailed reports, which is very important. I noticed on the maps that I looked at as well that the battery and artillery movements were not tracked very well. It seemed to me that their initial position was recorded and that was it. Being that we are looking at this from a historical perspective, it can be easier to get the fuller picture because we have access to many accounts of the battle. I wonder if you were to look at more maps and reports if you would get a better understanding of his movements.

    • His reports seemed to be more detailed than most, which helps the reader get a better idea of the surroundings and positioning. From looking at the maps, it was very difficult to understand location because I never saw the battlefield and maps can only detail so much.

    • Hey Megan,
      I found it interesting that even with all the sources given it was still difficult for you to find your unit. I also had the same problem along with many others I assume. This just shows how hard it is for historians to truly understand what happened during this time and place. I enjoyed reading your Lieutenants experience.

    • ” This could only be attempted with complete knowledge and reports from officers of both sides, which could only be completed after the war ended.” While I agree with this statement there was also others involved in the battle that could have helped with this. Unfortunately when history is being made, it isn’t captured or realized until after its over. Great Job!

  • Assignment #3

    I actually chose the Sanitary Condition of the Army as my object as it provides very interesting information on the diseases faced by the soldiers, the mortality rates and the statistics on the […]

  • Megan commented on the post, Assignemnt 2 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    I agree that it was awful that after the war free slaves had to begin completely anew. According to the story of Isaac Adams, the survivor story I chose, the uncertainty of the situation caused many slaves to stay on as tenant workers with their former master. They didn’t know anything else.

  • Megan commented on the post, Assignment 2 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    I came to a similar to conclusion. The experience of the slave relied on the treatment of the master, and some masters could be relatively benevolent. However, it did not mean they were ever treated well or equal to free men.

  • Megan commented on the post, Assignment 2 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    I agree that when considering the slavery accounts, importance should be placed on how much time has passed since they gained their freedom. Details can be forgotten and remembered wrong. The story I had chosen was written 60 years after the war of a memories of a ten year old.

  • Megan commented on the post, Assignment 2 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    I agree that slavery is a more complex institution than is taught in elementary and middle school. Slaves could have a content life if they had a benevolent master. However, slaves did not live an equal or good life and were still subject to the whims of any present or future master. In that respect, I believe, the teachings of elementary and…[Read more]

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