Regtl. Staff Shiloh 2020
- Dec 9, 2017
- North Mississippi
The War of the Rebellion: a Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies
"Series I: Contains the formal reports, both Union and Confederate, of the first seizures of United States property in the Southern States, and of all military operations in the field, with the correspondence, orders, and returns relating specially thereto, and, as proposed is to be accompanied by an Atlas. In this series the reports will be arranged according to the campaigns and several theaters of operations (in the chronological order of the events), and the Union reports of any event will, as a rule, be immediately followed by the Confederate accounts. The correspondence, etc., not embraced in the "reports" proper will follow (first Union and next Confederate) in chronological order."
I have been reading and studying about the American Civil War for over 50 years and am still a neophyte. The advent of the internet and the digitization of historic documents and records has advanced research of this seminal American event.
In my youth I had to schedule a time and then trudge off to the University of Mississippi Library and search through their collection of the volumes of The War of the Rebellion: a Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. Having to search through various volumes was time consuming and must be done in the library. Copious notes were taken as it was expensive to get photocopies.
But with a computer I have unlimited access to the very documents that contain the actual words of those who were there at the battles and how the battle was conducted and fought.
I am going to list the links and explain how easy it is to access these valuable documents.
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