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30 April 2006
  Civil War News Roundup
Civil War show returns to fairgrounds Saturday (OH)

Authenticity reigns at Civil War Days (IN)

Re-enactors display other side of Civil War life (WI)

Organized hunts for Civil War relics raise dust between participants, historians (VA)

A novel born of her witness to war (MN)
  Today in Civil War History
1864 - Battle of Jenkin's Ferry, Arkansas
29 April 2006
  Today in Civil War History
1862 - Union captures New Orleans
28 April 2006
  Civil War News Round-Up
You are there: Past is vivid at Civil War Days (IN)

Phillipsburg to go all out over Civil War monument (NJ)
  Today in Civil War History

1810 - Daniel Ullmann born
27 April 2006
  Civil War News Round-up
Civil War soldiers to be honored Saturday (TX)

Klan plans rally at Antietam Civil War battlefield (MD)

Seeing the ‘big picture’ was part of Civil War (MS)

Civil war reenactors aim to educate, entertain (CA)

JoLane holds Civil War demonstration (WA)
  Happy Birthday, Sam

1822 - Ulysses Grant is born in Point Pleasant, Clermont County, Ohio
  Today in Civil War History

1865 - Sultana Disaster
Still the largest maritime disaster in U. S. History...
26 April 2006
  Civil War News Roundup
North seeks revenge in Civil War Days (CA)

List of Civil War dead found (NJ)

Civil War rifles shown, discussed(VT)

Local Author Writes Book on Arizona Civil War (AZ)

Civil War History on display at State Park (AR)
  Resident Proposes Program to Preserve City Civil War Monument

Craig A. Chicoine presented his "Adopt-A-Monument" program to the North Adams (MA) City Council on Tuesday night during the open forum portion of the meeting. His program would allow a "single group or company to adopt the monument by agreeing to underwrite its conservation and maintenance." He also asked for the creation of a Monument Square Conservation Commission and the establishment of a fund to be used to conserve the statue as well as to promote it.
  Today in Civil War History

1865 - Death of John Wilkes Booth
  New Link(s)
I have established a link to Cornell University's "Making of America" Journal Collection, in particular to "The War of the Rebellion: a Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies" which was published by the U.S. Government in 1880.

The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, the Official Records are compiled in 127 volumes, plus a General Index and accompanying Atlas. Editor Robert N. Scott divided the OR into four major topical areas:

Series I contains 53 volumes (Books 1-111) and focuses on military operations. These include the battle reports for both Union and Confederate armies, arranged chronologically by campaign and theater of operations. Union reports are followed by Confederate accounts. The intent is to provide a complete history of the event in the same volume.

Series II contains 8 volumes and 8 books, and includes Union and Confederate correspondence, orders, reports, and returns relating to Prisoners of War, as well as political prisoners.

Series III contains 5 volumes and 5 books, and includes "miscellaneous" Union correspondence, orders, and reports pertaining to the organization and logistics of the Union war effort. Series III also includes calls for troops, correspondence between National and State authorities, and correspondence between Union and Confederate authorities.

Series IV contains 3 volumes and 3 books, and includes "miscellaneous" correspondence, orders, and reports of the Confederacy. Also found in Series IV are the General and Special Orders of the Confederate States Army, as well as correspondence relating to conscription and blockage running.

A word of caution must be made here about the value and limitations of the Official Records. As primary source material, the Official Records are, without question, the most complete and impartial documentation on the American Civil War. They provide a foundation for serious research into virtually any aspect of the war. On the other hand, no study of the American Civil War should rely exclusively on the Official Records. The accounts contained in the OR were not edited for accuracy, and due to space considerations, only excerpts of reports were often included. Researchers should thus verify the information found in these reports with other source material to gain as complete a picture of events as possible.
25 April 2006
  I've Been Linked!
George Mason University's "History News Network" has its own Blog, called "Cliopatria," where Strike the Tent has been added to their Blogroll under "Wars and Warriors." Blogger "Fortypounder" has added Strike the Tent to his blog, "Cromwell's Warts," perhaps the best blog name I have heard so far. I, in turn, have added links to them also.

P.S. I have also added a link to The American Civil War Blog, a new blog by screenwriter, teacher, and journalist Chris Wehner. Welcome aboard!
  Today in Civil War History
1864 - Battle of Mark's Mills, Arkansas
24 April 2006
  Confederate Memorial Day

Confederate Memorial Day, also known as Confederate Decoration Day (Tennessee) and Confederate Heroes Day (Texas), is a holiday in parts of the United States. It is recognized by several states of U.S. South as a day to honor those who died defending the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War.

Mississippi - Last Monday in April (TODAY)
Alabama - Fourth Monday in April (TODAY)
Florida - April 26 (WEDNESDAY)
Georgia - April 26 (WEDNESDAY)
North Carolina - May 10
South Carolina - May 10
Kentucky - June 3
Louisiana - June 3
Tennessee - June 3
Texas - January 19
Virginia - Last Monday in May (same as Memorial Day)


How many springs have gone since they
Who wore the uniform of gray
Last looked upon summer snow of dogwood, blooming below
Their southern skies and friendly sun,
Or watched the winding rivers run
Or knew when spring wind's gentle hand
Stretched forth to heal their wounded land.
They sleep where the azaleas spread
Their glorious colors, where the red old hills
And mountain peaks
Stand listening while nature speaks.
And from the woodlands sound the strains
Of memories; where coastal plains
Run down to join the ceaseless tide
Ebbing and flowing as they died.
Let us remember them as time
And tide move on in endless rhyme.
When spring is wearing her bouquet
For the lost legions of the gray.
While bud and blossom, hill and tree
Remember them, so shall we.
Oliver Reeves
  Civil War News Roundup
Civil War group battles over legacy (TX)

Library presents Civil War program (MS)

Book Review: Seldom-told side of the Civil War (TX)

Local students attend Civil War Bucktail Seminar (PA/NY)

Civil War hobbyists rough it at Lambert Castle (NJ)

Re-enactors simulate Civil War (MO)

Archaeologist to search for Civil War clues in battlefield (KS)

What To Read (OR)
  Today in Civil War History
1863 - General Orders No. 100 issued

History 320-02 Topics in History: The Civil War
Professor: Dr. Frances Jones-Sneed Ph.D
Office: 72 Porter Street
Office Hours: Tu & Th 11:00am-12noon We 1:00pm-2:00pm
Or by appointment
Phone: 413-662-5541

Course Description:
The American Civil War was one of the most important events in United States history; some have even referred to it as the Second American Revolution. This course will discuss the development of Southern and Northern society, how their differences led to the worst war in American history, the course and impact of the war, and the different attempts to reestablish the country after the fighting. This course examines the causes, character, and consequences of that great American tragedy, the Civil War. We will consider the failure of antebellum political mechanisms, the growth of sectionalism, justifications for and against secession, the methods and implications of war, competing constitutional systems during the conflict, efforts to eradicate Southern separatism and the lingering cultural implications of the nation’s fratricidal dispute.

Goals and Objectives:
  1. To develop intellectual interests and analytical skills acquired by students in the first two years;

  2. To offer the opportunity to study previously unfamiliar methodological approaches, chronological periods and geographical area by offering a wide and flexible choice of option;

  3. To offer the opportunity to develop skills in historical computing, as well as basic IT awareness;

  4. To introduce complex historical debates and interpretations, to develop skills in interpreting primary sources where appropriate, and to inform the discussions with new ideas derived from lecturers’ current research;

  5. To encourage the development of transferable skills by fostering individual initiative, personal choice, group discussions, and, where appropriate, problem-solving.

Course Requirements:
Discussion and dissection of assigned readings will serve as the center for class meetings, so preparation, attendance, and participation in discussion is mandatory. Although there will be occasional presentations or lectures, we will usually conduct the class much like a seminar, wherein discussion and dialogue rather than monologue and lecturing characterize the class. Student participation in discussion is REQUIRED and will figure as 10 percent of each student’s final grade.  Independent thinking is highly encouraged as long as it is informed thinking – that is, thinking informed by credible sources (your readings, for instance) – but especially as long as diplomacy, respect, and tact govern its sharing and expression. Because the emphasis in this class is on collaborative learning and discussion, attendance is mandatory and will count as a significant portion of the class participation grade.
                 Each student will be required to do two class presentations that include a 3-5 page summary of the day’s reading assignment, keep a daily journal (1-2 pages) in reaction to the readings, do film summaries and their connection to primary and secondary sources, and a final project to be approved by the instructor.

Required Texts:

Donald, David Herbert , Baker Jean Harvey, and Holt Michael F. The Civil War and Reconstruction. 1st ed. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2001.

Gienapp, William E. The Civil War and Reconstruction: A Documentary Collection. 1st ed. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2001.

Toplin, Robert Brent, ed. Ken Burn's The Civil War: Historians Respond. 1sy ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996.

Schedule of Readings

1/19     Introduction to the Course
1/24    Donald, Chapters 1-3
1/26    Donald, Chapters 4-5
             Gienapp, pp. 1-70
1/31     Donald, Chapters 6-7
             Gienapp, pp. 71-82
2/2      Donald, Chapters 8-9
             Gienapp, pp. 83-114
2/7      Donald, Chapters 10-11
             Gienapp, pp. 115-130
2/9      Donald, Chapters 12-13
             Gienapp, pp. 131-146
2/14     Donald, Chapters 14-15
             Gienapp, pp. 147-164

2/16    Test # 1: Take Home (Please E-mail)

2/21     Donald, Chapters 16-17
             Gienapp, pp. 165-178
2/23    Donald, Chapters 18-19
             Gienapp, pp. 179-218
2/28    Donald, Chapters 20-21
             Gienapp, pp. 219-248
3/2       Donald, Chapters 22-23
             Gienapp, pp. 293-316
3/7       Donald, Chapters 24-25
             Gienapp, pp. 377-418


3/21     Test # 2: Take Home (Please E-mail)

3/23      Toplin, Chapter 1, Burns’ Civil War
3/28      Toplin, Chapter 2
3/30      Toplin, Chapter 3
4/4        Toplin, Chapter 4
4/6        Toplin, Chapter 5
4/11       Toplin, Chapter 6
4/13       Toplin, Chapter 7
4/18       Toplin, Chapter 8 & Test # 3: Take Home (Please E-mail) "You came into class with a predisposition on the Civil War. What will you take away from the books, movie, and class discussions to show your growth in the topic...both educationally and personally?" Also, 250-500 word letter to Mr. Ken Burns in response to seeing The Civil War and reading Historians Respond
4/25       Toplin, Chapter 9
4/27       Final Projects: Tracy, Ivy, Emily, Andy.
5/2         Final Projects: Robert, James, Pat, Nate.
23 April 2006
  Shaara's New Book Due Tuesday
Jeff Shaara's Civil War Battlefields : Discovering America's Hallowed Ground
Shaara is the author of two "nonfiction novels" that completed the Civil War trilogy begun by his late father, Michael, with the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Killer Angels (2001). Here Shaara provides a guide to 10 of the most significant Civil War battlefields. He begins with the first great bloodletting at Shiloh, and he concludes with Petersburg, a sustained seige with World War I-style trench warfare. Shaara superbly provides context for the actual battles by describing the physical settings as well as the military environment that precipitated the battles. Shaara is at his best, however, in describing the ebb and flow of the fighting. He describes in vivid--and often necessarily gruesome--detail episodes like the death of Albert Johnston at Shiloh, the famed charge of the 20th Maine at Gettysburg, and the machinelike mowing down of Union troops at Cold Harbor. The text is amply supported by maps and photos. This is an informative and moving examination of "hallowed ground" that will appeal to both scholars and Civil War buffs, especially those planning to visit these sites. Jay Freeman
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

Other upcoming or recently released books:
Manhunt : The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer

Lincoln's Melancholy : How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness

The Southern Journey of a Civil War Marine : The Illustrated Note-Book of Henry O. Gusley

With Lincoln in the White House: Letters, Memoranda And Other Writings Of John G. Nicolay, 1860-1865

Lincoln Mailbag: America Writes to the President, 1861-1865

An Oral History of Abraham Lincoln: John G. Nicolay's Interviews And Essays

Dear Mr. Lincoln: Letters to the President

For Cause & For Country
  Today in Civil War History
1865 - "Panic has seized the country," writes Davis
22 April 2006
  Civil War News Roundup
Donate to monument at Civil War festival (IL)
Local Civil War historian an army of one(PA)
Civil War Veteran Finally Gets Honored In Hammond (ID)
Horses of Gettysburg
  Vermonters Proved Mettle in Battle of Wilderness
The Battle of the Wilderness, fought near Frederickburg, Va., was one of the bloodiest in the Civil War, but it provided an opportunity for Vermonters to show their mettle. (Bennington Banner)
21 April 2006
  Today in Civil War History
1864 - Battle of Poison Springs, Arkansas
  More Documents
  Today in Civil War History
1863 - Steight's Raid begins
  Opinions / Writings Needed
"Strike The Tent..." is still soliciting (close to begging) historians and/or college professors to give their honest opinion about this blog. I am also looking for contributors to add stories, writings, opinions, and discussion to the blog. If you are interested. please email me at Thanks...
20 April 2006
  Civil War News Roundup
Astronomy editor and Civil War historian takes new look at downfall of Dixie (WI)
  Historic Documents
These are some of the papers we have of my Great-great Grandfather, Lewis (Louis) Erdman from his service with the 5th New York Cavalry.

19 April 2006
  Today in Civil War History
1861 - Baltimore Riots

1862 - Battle of South Mills (NC)

1865 - Lincoln's Funeral
18 April 2006
  Civil War News Roundup
Civil War-style encampment planned for Utica (MS)

Brooks Wins Pulitzer for Civil War Fiction

Gettysburg Address For Casino Splits Town Famed For Civil War (PA)

Overlooked Oregon History in Civil War Sees Light of Day (OR)
17 April 2006
  Today in Civil War History
1864 - Battle of Plymouth, North Carolina, begins
16 April 2006
  Today in Civil War History
1863 - Passage of Vicksburg
  I Report. You Decide
Did Alabama Governor Bob Riley(R) give false information, stating the Civil War was fought over slavery, and subsequently insult the memory of the approximately 122,00 Alabamians who fought in the Civil War in his proclaimation naming April as Confederate History and Heritage Month in the State of Alabama? Did he need to include the apology for slavery? And what about this letter writer? Are they wrong in stating that the Civil War was started over Lincoln's taxation policy?

What about this gem I found while surfing? Agree or disagree?

Help me out here, folks....
  Civil War News Roundup
Rmembering Rev. Harrison (MA)
  Reverend Samuel Harrison

I attended a celebration today of the 188th birthday of Reverend Samuel Harrison, born a slave, who was one of the pioneering equal rights advocates for African Americans in the United States. Reverend Harrison was appointed by Massachusetts governor John Andrew to be Chaplain of the famed "54th" Massachusetts Infantry, the subject of the movie "Glory." The Samuel Harrison Society is currently working on raising matching funds to repair and renovate the home of Reverend Harrison in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, about a 20 minute ride from here. Interestingly, Dept. Of Massachusetts SUVCW Councilor Stephen Twining sits on the Society's Board of Directors. Their Mission Statement reads:
"It is the mission of the Samuel Harrison to restore and preserve Reverend Harrison's homestead; and use it as a place to teach the values embodied by his noble life, his enduring beliefs, his extraordinary writings; and to define a chapter in the story of us as a people by providing greater insight into African-American history."
In January of 2005, Pittsfield was the site of the world premiere of a documentary about Reverend Harrison. In July of that same year, Congressman John Olver (D-MA) announced a $250,000 federal matching grant for restoration of his longtime house into an African American museum and history center. But, as you know with any matching grant, you can't spend a dime unless you match that dime. And they need 2.5 million dimes. Harrison was also the first African American student at Western Reserve Academy. If you would like to make a donation to help preserve Reverend Harrison's house, you can send it to:

Samuel Harrison Society
P.O. Box 378
Pittsfield, MA 01202

Let them know you heard about the efforts here.
15 April 2006
  How To Site Blogs
I found this useful post on Dimitri Rotov's blog "Civil War Bookshelf" and brazenly borrow it to post here to help the rest of my classmates who have had the exact same question recently:

"Here's the Chicago Style that book publishers prefer:
1. Joseph Pellegrino, "Homepage," 12 May 1999, (12 June 1999).

They break it down this way:
Author's name
Title of document, in quotation marks
Title of complete work (if relevant), in italics or underlined
Date of publication or last revision
URL, in angle brackets
Date of access, in parentheses

That covers the bases, I think.

Unfortunately, web sites being as emphemeral as they are, you could be left holding onto a citation as worthless as "McClellan's letters to his wife" after a few years.

One key reason to use Blogger is that being a free service, the site will survive my death or disinterest for some time. Additionally, it is indexed and, I hope saved to a Google backup somewhere that can be retrieved in the future if needed."

I apoligize, Dimitri, for the brazen borrowing.

1. Dimitri Rotov "Internet citations" Civil War Bookshelf
7 April 2006, (9 April 2006) 9:27pm
  Civil War News Roundup
Civil War love story being filmed at Gardner-Webb (NC)
Upcoming Civil War Strategy Game
  Today in Civil War History

1865 - President Lincoln dies
14 April 2006
  Another Reference Link
Fields of Conflict - The American Civil War website is a work in progress. New URLs are constantly being added. It seems like it will be a welcome addition to Civil War Research. As always, a permanent link has been added in the right column.
  Following the Maryland Campaign with Maps
AotW is in the process of preparing a sequence of detailed maps on the Battle of Antietam, one for each day of the Campaign from September 4th through 20th. These will show more detail within the area of the box on the large area map here. Click on the boxed area to begin with the map for 4 September, or click on a date on the calendar to jump to that day. The available days' maps are also listed below this overview map. Good job. These are very good maps.
  Civil War News Roundup
Fredericksburg Gets A Working Cannon (VA)
  Today in Civil War History

1865 - Lincoln is shot
13 April 2006
  Civil War Letter: April 4, 1864
You want to know how I am situated, well about five miles to the east of Richmond, in dry weather a very good camp in wet very good rice field. The water is now four inches deep in my tent, not quite up to my pine pole bed but expect it will reach it before night - as it is rising very fast, that don't bother us at all as we have learned to sleep with only our heads out of water and might forget where we were if it were not for traveling barefoot in the snow or sleeping in a mud hole occasionally. We can't complain though the winter has been mild and wood plentiful.

~ John Kerr Beaton, in a letter to his sister. Beaton would be killed in action just a month later.
  Civil War News Roundup
Civil War comes to life (NY)
Civil War buff spreads his knowledge on foot (VA)
Sharing Civil War Treasures (FL)
War musician show to feature Civil War tunes (MD)
A search for Civil War soldiers: Local man documents history (CA)
  Today in Civil War History

1861 - Fort Sumter surrenders
12 April 2006
  Today in Civil War History
1861 - Fort Sumter fired upon.
  Civil War News Roundup
Descendants of Civil War veteran meet (SC)
Civil War Encampment, Artillery School Slated At Fort Ontario (NY)
Take Command 2nd Manassas has gone gold (US)
11 April 2006
  Today in Civil War History

1862 - Fall of Fort Pulaski, Georgia
10 April 2006
  Today in Civil War History

1865 - Lee's last orders
09 April 2006
  Civil War News Roundup
Battle of Selma lacks willing participants (AL)
  Today in Civil War History

1865 - Lee surrenders
08 April 2006
  Civil War News Roundup
A Civil War Squabble (MN)
Civil War author looks for local stories (GA-RI)
  Today in Civil War History
1864 - Battle of Mansfield, Louisiana
07 April 2006
  Historic Document

The Gilder Lehrman Institute regularly features documents from the institutes' Collection. This week's document was written on the morning of April 9, 1865. In it, Robert E. Lee conceded defeat in a mere sentence sent to Ulysses S. Grant. He requests "a suspension of hostilities pending the discussion of the terms of surrender." An endorsement by General Edward O.C. Ord on the lower fold, made at 11:55 AM, indicates that the letter was read and acted upon.

Here's a direct link to the posting:
  Civil War News Roundup
Marketing the Civil War (PA)

Civil War Battlefield (TN)

Pension files can unlock clues to ancestors (NM)
  Today in Civil War History
1862 - Battle of Shiloh concludes
06 April 2006
  Civil War News Roundup
Rebate check helps archives preserve Civil War documents(NV)

Toppling of Civil War headstones generates outrage in Fitchburg (MA)

Civil War Day set in Hillsborough (NC)

Symposium to feature black Civil War troops from area (PA)

Eddyville council lends support to war re-enactment(KY)
05 April 2006
  Winter, 1864 (2003)
  Today in Civil War History
1862 - Siege of Yorktown begins
  Civil War News Roundup
Civil War food prep demonstrated

Lawyer says college owns Civil War tablets

Art History Focus of Civil War Seminar

Tour spotlights forgotten Civil War battle
04 April 2006
  Civil War News Roundup
Civil War's impact on Naperville
  GettysBLOG: 121: “Gettysburg Sold to LeVan for $1 Million”
GettysBLOG: 121: “Gettysburg Sold to LeVan for $1 Million”
  Gettysburg Council Votes To Support Casino

Gettysburg's borough council voted Monday to support a proposed slot-machine gambling parlor near the historic Civil War battlefield in exchange for a $1 million-per-year revenue guarantee. Outrageous. Selling a town for a million bucks per. This is a political farce.
  Today in Civil War History
1865 - Lincoln in Richmond
03 April 2006
  Today in Civil War History
1865 - Richmond captured
  Civil War News Roundup
Coos County (OR) wants to buy back forest land — at Civil War prices

Civil War Hospital Building "not going anywhere"

Town to market its Civil War ties
02 April 2006
  My Great Great Grandfather

Private Lewis Erdman, Chief Bugler, 5th New York Volunteer Cavalry. Enlisted October 21, 1862, Albany New York. Died Andersonville Prison July 18, 1864 from Dysentary.
  Recent Additions
Some recent additions I have added to the links at right include Brett Schulte's "American Civil War Gaming & Reading Blog," Tom Steenhuysen's "Ft. Sumter & Civil War Resources," Novus Livy's "History of the World Blog," and "Yankee Muse." Visit these sites, and expand your mind...
  Slaves Unearthed in Portsmouth, NH
Archaeologists have identified 13 sets of remains, and have removed eight that were damaged by sewer runoff, of some of the earliest African American residents of Portsmouth, N.H. Some of the coffins were stacked, leading researchers to estimate that as many as 200 bodies could be buried in the block-long space on Chestnut Street.
01 April 2006
  Cannon Nightfire
  Civil War News Roundup

1861 witnessed U.S. unraveling, Baltimore riots

Carson City displays Civil War documents

Fla. SCV seeks Civil War history license plate

Ga. fifth-graders get up-close look at Civil War artifacts, clothing

Nashville Civil War site saved by citizens

PA Gov Announces Investment in PA.'s Civil War Trails
  Today in Civil War History
1865 - Battle of Five Forks
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