Ellen Rombach

  • I like that you are also considering the positive effects of the war! People are always focused on the most obvious consequences of something but there is always the other side. I am considering technology, which people often think of having positive consequences, and I am making sure that I am looking at the pros and cons.

    It’ll be…[Read more]

  • I had never considered the correlations between what type of soldiers were most likely to go AWOL or be tried for “misbehavior.” I’d think that such harsh punishments had to be imposed otherwise people would get discharged, serve a slight punishment and then never have to return to the war (this seems worth it if you have a family and wife at…[Read more]

  • Throughout this class, I have found it fascinating to consider how far America has come since its conception. There have been great changes in blacks’ rights, technology, state status, government, amendments, and perhaps most forgotten is sanitary conditions. Reading through the main diseases that people died from during the Civil War ought to…[Read more]

  • To go off what Jordan said, the war affects on others was honestly the most eye-opening thing about this class so far. The terrors of battle and seeing your friends die, the lack of food and shelter were always emphasized. Then McPherson goes along and makes you consider the house wives who no longer have means of money or food support, towns with…[Read more]

  • I find it fascinating what you discovered about owners saying that they enslaved people to “help” them but then how some people used that as an excuse. I wonder how historians are able to confirm ulterior motives and private opinions, not just in this instance but any. Even with diaries or personal interviews, one would never know if people are…[Read more]

  • When considering the technologies of the war, I do not plan to explore simply the positive and negative effects of the railroad, rifles, and ironclads. I want to reveal the behind-the-scenes of technology- how the […]

    • I find this to be quite a fitting option for the times. In a world of industrial innovation and evolution on the rise, I think that this is quite a fantastic research topic. It’s astonishing to hear how easily engineers were replaced and I would like to hear a little bit more about the qualifications.

  • Source 1: Secondary

    “John Ericsson.” Encyclopedia of World Biography, 2nd ed., vol. 5, Gale, 2004, pp. 307-308. Gale Virtual Reference L […]

  • It was a good idea to pick a popular enough general to have most of his movements depicted on the maps– I went with a less known leader to read a different perspective but ended up having trouble matching exact movements.

    Anyway, I agree with what you say about the effects of stress and pressure on soldier’s accounts. Accounts taken right…[Read more]

  • Along with changing the stories for reporters, I would be interested to see how much of battle recalling is altered to protect the general. Slight lies could be told to cover up promises that were broken, unnecessary retreats that were taken, and embarrassing losses. While reading through McPherson’s commentary, I have been amazed to see how many…[Read more]

  • Your comment about historians scouting intrigues me– I wonder how much of reconciling data comes from looking at battle maps and reports and what actually comes from the historians visiting the preserved Civil War battle sites (thank you to the CW for the preservation work). As we try to reconcile our sketch of the battle with the maps online,…[Read more]

  • I had the same trouble with you when it came to the maps! It seemed as if only a few specific infantries were depicted in the maps– it can be quite challenging to determine which arrows correlated to the less notable infantries’ paths. It would be helpful to have multiple maps drawn that show the movement of groups of infantries that were all in…[Read more]

  • It’s interesting how specific some reports were compared to others. The colonel I followed scarcely mentioned landmarks, whereas yours seemed to be all about it. I can imagine it being difficult as a historian to have such varied details in the reports. It’s neat that with the topographical information you were able to understand why certain…[Read more]

  • I followed the battle path of Colonel Abraham Hare of the USA. I could track the path of Hare from his detailed descriptions: The South pursues the Union, the North withstands continuous attack until ammunition […]

    • 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.

    • I thought what you said about gathering more information was interesting- more contradictions. There are so many different ways to tell the same story. I agree with you in that it would create difficulties for historians to gather accurate information.

    • Originally, in my blog post, I wrote that having more reports to read would be better to confirm what another report was saying, but I think you have a point that this could lead to more difficulties in tracking a unit. Even if one report contradicts another, it is hard to know which is the true account, especially when you take in factors like the condition of the solider writing the report or how long after the battle the report was written.

    • I fully agree with your historical statement. With differing narratives within various infantries and maps not always following a single narrative as well, it is difficult to determine exactly what the “right answer” may be. This is why I find history to be more subjective rather than objective due to the fact that there are so many resources that can build upon how we view history.

    • In your post, I think you made a very good statement that different narratives can tell different stories on the same thing. The reason is that they add some personal or subjective feelings towards the same story. Therefore, we may read different stories on the same fact. It is very difficult for us to determine who told the truth or whose stories are the most close to the truth.

    • I think your point about how having more sources can actually lead to discrepancies is very interesting. It is often assumed that the more information we know about a topic the better but in a case like the one you suggested it would in fact hinder historians work. The physical or mental state of whoever is reporting the event is also a very important consideration.

  • 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.

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    The Monitor was lighter and faster than the Merrimack due to the genius of Ericsson. While in battle, the Monitor’s technologies enabled its captains to out maneuver and surprise enemy ships. The battle of th […]

  • Wow, it is so saddening to hear how much that slaves were treated as objects. It must have been humiliating to be sent to a new family to make up for a debt, confirming that your slaveholders truly thought of you as property and something to be traded. Your comment about no HR is funny but quite relevant- I had never considered that slaves must…[Read more]

  • Two things you mentioned stuck out to me:

    1. Having slaveholders look down on slaves AND laboring whites shows how ending slavery would not solve the problem of class separation. Even if slaves were freed, they would still lack the education and training required to obtain skilled jobs; therefore, they would continue to be looked down upon by…[Read more]

  • Ellen Rombach commented on the post, Assignment # 2 6 months ago

    Learning how much slaves’ experiences varied based on their owners and locations, makes me question what other historical events we have a skewed perception of. There have been many wars and institutions in America (for instance, wage laborers in Northern industry) where I am confident that experiences varied also varied like slavery. This…[Read more]

  • Ellen Rombach commented on the post, Assignment 2 6 months ago

    Learning that slaves worked 12 hours a day makes me question what they did for the rest of their days. With no education, no rights, and no means of traveling far, what could they do doing their “time off”? Slaveholders would often prevent their slaves from getting an education (perhaps to try to limit strategic and intelligible slave uprisings?)…[Read more]

  • Reflection 1-12:

    The majority of slaves were found in the upper and lower South of the USA. Other slaves could be found in Midwestern states such as Indiana and Ohio.
    Male slaves could work on plantations […]

    • Reading your understanding about slavery makes me have clearer understanding about slavery. Different slaves have different experiences and stories, which reflect different perspectives of slavery. In general, slaves’ life experience were very hard and were filled with unequal treatment. As I get to know slaves more and more deeply, I feel much more empathy about them. Slaves have limited rights, which restrict them from realize their true value.

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