Taran Vo

  • My first finding is that of the soldiers that went through the court martial process, most were foot soldiers, not cavalry. This had mostly to do with the fact that the infantry had a tougher way of living, less […]

    • From the reading, it is interesting to know what most of the offenses were foot soldiers because they had tougher life. There were series of punishments for them only when their action overshadow the need of the union, which means those minor mistakes could be excused since they were not that important.

    • 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 home). I’ll be interested to see if you find any connection between soldiers who were enlisted vs. drafted vs. substitutes for others.

    • This is a very interesting topic. I have never given much thought to who was court marshaled and for what during the war. In thinking about this topic another question was raised for me. What happened to political prisoners and captured soldiers after the war was over?

  • I chose to track Major General McClerand, commander of the Union’s First Division. Following First Division’s movements on any map, primary or secondary, Union or Confederate, based on Maj Gen McClerand’s report […]

    • 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 trying to decipher these battle maps were extremely difficult for me as I am directionally challenged.

    • I agree with you for most of the opions. Different map makers marked too much informations on their own maps. But actually, too many informations get from the maps is not help to study one report, one battle. Most of the informtion on the maps was marked from the first perspective. And it will confused us when we compared all the things we have as a thid party.

    • I also ran into the scale problem. Guess that’s what happens when the ones making the maps are not the ones who made the battle reports. Along those same lines I also found that in comparing the report I read with the maps there where landmarks that were not depicted. It would have been much easier if each battle report was submitted with a map made by the same person. That way the report could easily reference map locations and landmarks.

    • 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 was, they weren’t descriptive which makes people like us have trouble figuring out the starting point!

  • The topic that I’m looking into is the average living condition of Union soldiers and what caused the court-martials that were mentioned in the article that I read.

    I have very little prior knowledge on either […]

    • If you’re interested in this topic, I think the Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane. I don’t think it would have much value for this paper, but it’s an interesting look into how desertion was rationalized by those that did desert.

  • Taran Vo commented on the post, Assignment 10 months, 3 weeks ago

    Perspective is huge when studying a topic such as slavery. We can learn a lot of generalities through classes and books but it’s impossible to understand the emotion without primary sources like these.

  • 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.

  • Taran Vo wrote a new post, Assignment 2 11 months ago

    Region of the US

    Slavery was concentrated around farms in the Southeast United States.
    Slavery extended westward to Texas.
    No change

    Place slaves lived and worked

    Slaves lived in […]

  • Hello all. My name is Taran Vo. I’m a senior in Interdisciplinary Studies of Social Science hopefully graduating at the end of the summer semester. My interest for the American Civil War is two part. Part one s […]