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Who is the Webmaster and What is the purpose of CivilWarTalk.com?

As the webmaster and founder of this web site I feel that I need to answer this question in a personal way.

This web site was originally intended to bring experts and amatures who share the desire to learn more about the Civil War together, and to take that shared knowledge and make it available to anyone and everyone on the internet.

Since this web site's founding back in April of 1999, CivilWarTalk has developed a reputation as one of the best Civil War internet communities that can be found. We have a great variety of members who are friendly and knowledgeable about all kinds of Civil War topics.

Now I have to say that things have not always worked to perfection, sometimes things don't work the way they were planned, and sometimes I fail to do things as quickly as I'd like. However, I think that this site will always be a work in progress, and although we may never achieve perfection, we will always strive to be as perfect as possible... as a web site.

I like to think that some of the best and brightest people on the internet use our web site. If you have questions about the Civil War, we have people with answers, or at least they can get you pointed in a direction to get an answer.

Now, I don't pretend to be a historian, I'm a computer tech by trade. I am also an N-SSA member, which means that on the field I may look like a typical reenactor, but I shoot more live ammo with my musket than many reenactors fire blanks each year. I do have a love for the Civil War, Artillery, and facts, figures, and statistics.

So you ask what's the purpose of CivilWarTalk? I think that it's first purpose is to be a friendly community, a proverbial "Cyber-campfire" if you will, for all who wish to post their thoughts or questions, and for all those who wish to listen. It's second purpose is as a powerful research tool, with a wide array of resources for the student of the Civil War.

I hope you enjoy what we've created here, and I hope you find yourself visiting CivilWarTalk again and again!

I am, respectfully, your obedient servant,

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The Staff at CivilWarTalk

Mike Kendra - Webmaster, Owner, Designer, Editor, and Founder
From: Clifton, New Jersey, USA​
Current Residence: Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA​
Member Since: April 1999​
Unit Info: 1st NJ Light Artillery, Clark's Battery 'B', N-SSA​
Nickname: CivilWarTalk, NJArtillery​

Current Forum Moderation Staff:
@ami - Super Moderator
@bdtex - Moderator
@JerseyBart - Moderator *
@matthew mckeon - Moderator
@Lnwlf - Moderator
@E_just_E - Moderator
@WJC - Moderator
@Jimklag - Moderator
@Hawkeye Brehm - Moderator
Current Forum Host Staff:
General History - @jgoodguy
Secession & Politics - @jgoodguy
Weapons & Ammunition - @ucvrelics.com
Cannons & Artillery - @drezac
Period Photos - @JPK Huson 1863
Artwork
Altered Period Photos
Contemporary Photos - @ARW
Uniforms & Relics - @ucvrelics.com, @major bill
--Battle Forums--
Fort Sumter
First Bull Run - @Hussar Yeomanry
Shiloh - @Ole Miss
Antietam - @ErnieMac
Gettysburg - @pamc153PA
Vicksburg
Eastern Theater
Atlanta
South & Western
Trans Mississippi - @archieclement
Naval War - @AndyHall
--Biography Forums--
Lincoln - @frontrank2
Grant - @Cavalry Charger
Lee
Jackson - @James N.
Pickett
Sherman - @frontrank2
Chamberlain
Longstreet - @War Horse
Other Bios.... - @luinrina
WBtS Trivia Game - @ami & @hoosier
Reenactors Forum - @captaindrew
Book & Movie Discussion - @Pat Young
Ancestry - @Zella
--Long Dusty Road--
Immigrants - @Pat Young
Cavalry
Regimental Histories - @AUG
Four Footed Friends - @John Hartwell, @donna
Mid 19th Century Life - @Eleanor Rose, @grace
Railroads & Steam Locomotives - @Jimklag
The Ladies Tea - @JPK Huson 1863, (@18thVirginia Provisional)
Hauntings of the Great Rebellion
The Ballot Box
Battlefield Preservation - @CMWinkler
Soldier's Tales - @SWMODave, @NH Civil War Gal
Reconstruction - @Pat Young
U of ACW - @JerseyBart
Foods & Recipes - @donna
Medical Care - @lelliott19
Traveler's Companion - @Buckeye Bill, @luinrina
What If?
On This Day - @Jimklag
Meet & Greet - @MRB1863

Retired Moderators:
jpeter​
Robtweb1​
Brass Napoleon​
Glorybound​
Johan Steel​
Ole​
M E Wolf​
wilber6150​
JRJ​
Nathanb1​
MRB1863​
kholland​
CMWinkler​
Jgoodguy​
chellers​

Additional Contributors:
Joe Bilby, Bob Sullivan, Paul Calloway, Tom Kelley, Tony Beck, Mike Kotyk, Chris Sullivan, & Rod Ploessl.​

* User is a Host & Moderator
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I post on CivilWarTalk?

It's easy to make a post on CivilWarTalk!​
First, if you haven't already, you need to register and be approved as a member!​
Then, if you want to reply to a thread, just go to the bottom, and you'll find an empty text box to write your message in, click the "Post Reply" to save your message!​
If you want to start a new discussion thread, first find the correct forum page that is appropriate to your new discussion. Use this page as an index to all available forums:​
Then find and click the red button labeled "Post New Thread" at the top right or the bottom right of the forum listing page. This will get you to the page to start a new thread as well as upload an Image Attachment!​
How much do I have to pay to use CivilWarTalk?

Nothing! CivilWarTalk is a completely free web site! Our message board does have a voluntary membership, but you can register to use it for free!​
If you would like to help support CivilWarTalk and become a Patron Member, you will help us maintain our server and grow our services for the community! Join as a Patron Member Today! Thanks to all the Patrons of CivilWarTalk!​

Will CivilWarTalk keep my personal information private?

Absolutely, yes! CivilWarTalk is committed to keeping your personal information private. We strive to keep your email address spam free, and confidential. We do not require any member's personal information to be publicly displayed. If you require further information please refer to our Privacy Statement.​

What may I do to keep my account safe?
This forum has built-in features that attempt to detect hacking and hijacking. In regards to the latter, a guest may be "locked out" from logging in for several minutes if he fails five times to enter the correct password.​
Speaking of passwords, you would do well to use a strong password, and choose a different one for each website you make an account for. Of course, if someone has the skill and is determined enough, he may compromise your account anyway, but by taking steps to secure your account, you will lessen the probability of heart ache or annoyance.​
Have you made sure your password is secure?​
- Does it contain at least 8 characters?​
- At least 40% of which are numbers?​
- There are no dictionary words at all?​
- Is just a random mix of numbers and letters?​
- You changed it in the last month or two?​
- You haven't told anyone it or written it down where someone else may see it?​
Here is an article that members may find helpful, especially the not-so-computer-savvy among us:

5 Tips For An Unbreakable Password

Despite the current wave of identity theft and corporate security breaches it's amazing how very few people treat their passwords with any level of seriousness. Most computers users, both at home and in the office, see passwords as a nuisance and therefore make them as easy to remember as possible. This can be a catastrophic mistake.​
There are certain specific guidelines you need to follow to choose a safe and secure password. Use the following tips as a "how to" on making your password secure.​
  1. Your password must be alphanumeric. That simply means a mixture of numbers and letters such as xpf2778z. Why? When a hacker tries to break into a system they often use what are called dictionary or brute force hacks. A dictionary hack is an application that simply uses standard words and word combinations in an attempt to guess your password. For example many computer users use the word "password" as their actual password. A dictionary hack would crack that password in a few moments. Using alphanumeric passwords increases the number of possible password combinations by millions.
  2. It should be 8 - 12 characters in length. The longer the password the harder it is for a hacking program to get around. If your password was abc then there are 6 possible password combinations. If your password was abc123 there are now over 720 password combinations possible. If your password was abc1234 there are now almost 6,000 possible combinations. Never, ever use a short password only comprised of letters.
  3. Never use personal details in your password. People often use their home address, their age, husband or wives name, their social security number or their date of birth. These are incredibly easy to get access to by either a fellow employee or potential system hacker. Your password needs to be secure and hard to guess and personal details meet neither of these criteria.
  4. Do not write your password down anywhere. Keeping a record of your password for somebody to find is dangerous. Create a memorable password that you'll have no problem recalling. This is not as hard as it sounds and if you jot some password ideas down you'll quickly come up with some good ones. Obviously burn the piece of paper you jotted your ideas down on.
  5. Do not use the same password for more than 90 days. Create several variants of the same password and recycle them every 60 - 90 days. This adds an extra layer of security to your data. By recycling your password frequently you make your data 1000% more secure. You'll notice that most large corporations force their employees to change their password every month for this exact reason.
Hopefully these tips will help you choose a password that's both safe and secure and that you'll have some fun creating your new passwords too! Have a safe time using the internet!​
What should I do if I forgot my account password?

Use our Password Recovery tool: http://civilwartalk.com/lost-password/

What am I allowed to post on CivilWarTalk.com?

Many things, but not everything. For instance, you may not post copyrighted material on the Forum without the owners permission. You also may not post commercial messages in conversational areas.​

You can find a complete list of rules in our Rules and Proper Etiquette Section.​


What's the rank structure of this forum?

Ranks are determined by your status (Registered Member, Moderator, Webmaster) and how many posts you have made at CivilWarTalk. The forum automatically updates members' ranks (if any need updating) once every hour (specifically, the 25th minute of each hour). You may have to wait until the update script runs to see a new rank.​

  • New Members: Cadet
  • 25 Posts: Private
  • 250 Posts: Corporal
  • 500 Posts: Sergeant
  • 1000 Posts: First Sergeant
  • 1750 Posts: Sergeant Major
  • 2500 Posts: 2nd Lieutenant
  • 3500 Posts: 1st Lieutenant
  • 5000 Posts: Captain
  • 7500 Posts: Major
  • 10,000 Posts: Lt. Colonel
  • 12,500 Posts: Colonel
  • 17,500 Posts: Brevet Brigadier General
  • Moderators: Brigadier General
  • Super Moderator: Major General (Ami)
  • Webmaster: Lieutenant General (CivilWarTalk)
Can I become a moderator?

Possibly, but only when we're in need of them. Don't start a conversation asking to be one prior to that time.​

Who can I contact about Ancestry and/or Genealogical questions?

Please do not ask the webmaster your Ancestry and/or Genealogical questions, unfortunately he does not have the resources to answer such questions.​
These questions are better answered in our community forums "Researching Your Civil War Ancestry".​
 
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STUDENT GUIDE

How do I cite this website as a source?

Articles should be cited in the following manner:

Authors Last Name, First Name. "Title of Article." CivilWarTalk. Online. World Wide Web. (Date page was accessed on the web). Available at http://CivilWarTalk.com.​

If the Author of the document is not identified then use the following format:

"Title of Article." CivilWarTalk. Online. World Wide Web. (Date page was accessed on the web). Available at http://CivilWarTalk.com.​
 

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USING CIVILWARTALK: THREAD NAVIGATION

In order to Navigate our forums it is best if you understood how to navigate to posts in threads. The figure below is a sample view of a thread on our forum:

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A: The Thread Title will take you to the first unread post.​

B: The Thread Start Date/Time will take you to the first post of the thread.​

C: The Most Recent Post Date/Time will take you to the last post of the thread.​

This figure is similar to what you would see if you viewed recent threads on the home page, a forum thread listing, the What's New page, or in search results.
 

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EMAIL & SUBSCRIPTION PREFERENCES

How do I stop all these emails?!!?

There are four areas you will want to check
  • Stop Watching threads you've set to "Watched".
Un-check the threads you'd like to adjust and use the selection box at the bottom to Disable Email Notification or Stop Watching Threads.​
  • Check your Contact Details, this controls the emails you would get if someone starts a Conversation with you.
Look for: "Receive email when a new conversation message is received"​
  • Check your account preferences, this controls the default settings for new posts and threads you create.
Look for: "Automatically watch threads that you create or when you reply..."​
Also: "and receive email notifications of replies"​
  • To stop emails from the Administrator (Mike), you may adjust the configuration in your Privacy Settings.
For "Receive site mailings" to shut off Admin emails...​
 

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HOW DO I USE CONVERSATIONS

What happened to the Private Message System (PM System)?

In the conversion from our old forum to the new forum PMs became Conversations. The main difference is that conversations can be held between more than just 2 members, and that such discussions are held in a threaded format.

Do I need to worry about my Inbox size?

No! The new system does not require conversation limits, have as many conversations as you like! Also the new threaded format has no Inbox or Outbox, you can find all your conversations here:

http://civilwartalk.com/conversations/

How do I delete a conversation?

In the top right corner of the conversation, click "Leave Conversation". You will have the choice to Leave, but come back if another participant adds another message, or you can leave the conversation permanently. (Note: A conversation is only completely deleted if all parties to the conversation leave the conversation.)
 

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HOW TO LINK TO CIVILWARTALK

Looking for a quick and easy way to link to our site? You can copy paste the following HTML codes in your web page. Please feel free to adjust the links as you see fit. Thank you!

Big Text & Link

CivilWarTalk.com is a forum for students and fans of the American Civil War. Our online community of Historians, Skirmishers, Re-enactors, Educators, and Enthusiasts is dedicated to the exchange of ideas and information related to the War Between the States. Our goal is to become the leading resource for every researcher seeking historical information and opinions relating to the American Civil War.
HTML:
<p><a href="https://civilwartalk.com">CivilWarTalk.com</A> is a forum for students and fans of the American Civil War. Our online community of Historians, Skirmishers, Re-enactors, Educators, and Enthusiasts is dedicated to the exchange of ideas and information related to the War Between the States. Our goal is to become the leading resource for every researcher seeking historical information and opinions relating to the American Civil War.</p>

Small Text & Link

Discuss the American Civil War at CivilWarTalk.com.
HTML:
<p>Discuss the American Civil War at <a href="https://civilwartalk.com">CivilWarTalk.com</a>.</p>
Simple Link

CivilWarTalk.com
HTML:
<a href="https://civilwartalk.com">CivilWarTalk.com</A>
 
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Link Directory FAQ

Link Directory URL: https://civilwartalk.com/link-directory/

Why a Link Directory?
Well, there really isn't a good directory of Civil War sites anymore. The last really good directory was the "Index of Civil War Information Available on the Internet" formally maintained by the LSU Civil War Center, currently maintained by CivilWarHome, but it's sorely out of date with many, many dead links.

So we've gone and built a new one.

A directory is useful if you'd like to discover sites that you've never seen before. Google search is good but it only gets you so far. A directory can give you a curated handful of sites that are guaranteed useful.

Does this Directory have a lot of dead links?
No! At least we hope not! We run an automatic check every week on all the available links in the Directory, and we will delete sites that disappear. We also may re-add the site via the Internet Archive Wayback Machine when possible.

How do I add a link?
Any registered member can add a link to the directory. Haven't joined yet? Register Here!

To add a new link, click the red "Add Link" button on the main directory page or on any category page. You will arrive at the "Add Link" submission page. There are three required steps, and one optional step.

Step 1. You will want to check and make sure the link is assigned to an appropriate category, use the dropdown to select the correct category.​
Step 2. Fill in the "Website URL" with the web address for the link you want to add. We recommend linking to the homepage of sites fully dedicated to the Civil War when possible.​
Step 3. Fill in the "Title" with the name of the page or site you are adding a link to.​
Step 4 (Optional). Add a "Website description".​
Final Step: Click "Save" and the system will automatically create a link with a thumbnail screenshot of the website.​

Can I search the Link Directory?
Yes! The link can be found in the Directory Title Menu at the top of any Link Directory page, or use this link:
https://civilwartalk.com/search/?type=ld_link

What if I try to add a link that is already in the directory?
The system will automatically detect duplicate links. You will get a warning upon submission. You can use the search tool if you want to check for sites already in the directory.

Can I rate a link?
Yes! Click the "Detailed Page" link at the bottom of any listing, then use the stars to rate the link, then give a short review (You can use as few as one word) of the link in question.

What if I see an error message I don't understand? What if I mess up?
No worries, just contact @civilwartalk with a Conversation and tell me what you did, I can usually correct the problem.
 
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Why does my Post Count and/or my Like Count sometimes go down?

At CivilWarTalk we pride ourselves in having a quality easy to use web site, and we also make every attempt to keep up with modern technology and support different photo sharing services. We make every effort to protect the data in our forum because we understand the value of being able to view "yesterday's discussions" can have a lot of value.

However, many photo sharing services over the years have closed, or changed their terms of service, and linked images that were once available in our threads are now broken and missing. This is a problem for us because it's not helpful for users searching for information on CivilWarTalk and Search Engines can penalize us for having broken and/or no content on our site.

So to keep our site clean and working we periodically remove broken images and delete posts and threads with no functional content.

In addition, from time to time, low value content, but high storage demand threads such as "share your shares" are also purged from our servers freeing literally Gigabytes of hard disk space.

So, as a side affect of deleting Threads and Posts, your post count and like count may sometimes go down. It's not something we choose to do, but rather an unfortunate side affect to maintaining a quality web site.

We promise to limit the damage of these lost likes and posts to as few areas as possible, we have invested in new tools to import external images from photo sharing services and instead store them on our servers so that even if one day those services shut down we will still have a copy of the data, preserving your posts and likes for the future.

We hope that in the future this will no longer be necessary. But at least for now, we will continue the cleanup, which I believe may take months....

This is the price we pay to keep the educational side of our site working every day.
 
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