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Resources for Studying the Confederate Veteran

Discussion in 'Post Civil War History, The Reconstruction Period' started by Pat Young, Jan 3, 2017.

  1. Pat Young

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    As the new host of the Post-Civil War History Reconstruction forum I wanted to begin opening up this area for the discussion of Civil War Veterans. I think we should begin this by assembling resources for the study of Union and Confederate veterans. First, let's focus on the Confederates, I'll start a Union Vets thread in a few days.

    Since this is a resource thread, please post links, videos, books, photos, etc. Documents and archives are welcome additions.
     
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    Excellent idea!!! I am currently awaiting delivery of a DVD with all issues of Confederate Veteran magazine all 31 volumes from 1893 to 1923. I think it will be some excellent reading.
     
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    The masthead of the first issue of Confederate Veteran:

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    The first issue contains this statement of purpose:

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    Muh of the first issue is devoted to the erection of monuments, both to Confederate heroes and to the "fallen dead." Here is a typical entry:

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    Later in the same issue is an article on homeless veterans. The author asks, if hundreds of thousands are being spent on monuments to the Confederate dead, why can't money also be spent on housing the homeless men.

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    From the same article on homeless vets:

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    Confederate Veteran magazine has a lot of interesting stuff on the United Confederate Veterans. You can find out the names of the different camps, who the officers were, and what activities they were engaged in.
     
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    The first issue also has this famous poem by Fr. Ryan, the poet priest of the South.

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    The Confederate Veteran also contains social notes, like this report from issue 2 of a celebration of Lee's Birthday in New York:

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    I am really looking forward to receiving that DVD. It will give something interesting and educational to read while recooping from surgery next week. I have been reading a few issues on Archive.org. They are an incredible resource for ACW research. They have memoirs, regimental histories, Confederate govt. documents...you name it.
     
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    The second issue also contains a memoir of the Battle of the Crater, a snippet of which is reproduced here:

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    Good luck with the surgery.
     
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    Will be following the thread with interest. When I was a kid we would visit my grandmother's house for long visits in the summer. It was a large Victorian in a tiny town built by her Confederate vet father, she was born there but was widowed early and returned for the remainder of her life. Two sisters and a brother-in-law lived there as well. Anyway, the place was like a time capsule and I remember stacks of Confederate Veteran magazines along with old books and music, and discarded furniture piled in the old servant quarters behind the house. I didn't pay them any attention at the time but really wish I had.
     
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    Thanks. It's a good time to get it done...I plan on traveling to Gettysburg this summer and hiking the battlefield. Must return to Devil's Den and check out that trough rock more closely among other places I have learned something new about here in the forums.
     
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    Another interesting source is Basil Duke's magazine "Southern Bivouac".it is not the most popular source but it will shed some more light on this subject.
     
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    SHSP's are another great source for research.
     
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