I know common sense dictates one project at a time, but I’m doing some preliminary research for a second book manuscript. As part of that research I’m trying to find archives holding the personal papers of Alexander C. McClurg.
Newberry Library in Chicago has the business records of his publishing company, most dating from after his death, but I’m hoping that someone out there retained his letters or other personal effects.
If you know of any collection relating to Alexander C. McClurg, you can either respond to this post or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Archaeologists have discovered a POW camp in southeastern Georgia that was briefly used to house Union soldiers. Since they had to leave in a hurry to flee the advance of Sherman’s army, a lot of interesting artifacts were left behind. If you’re interested, here’s a link to the article:
For those of you in Chicago. We had a POW camp here as well in the Bronzeville area: Camp Douglas. It housed Confederate POWs. No traces of the site itself remain. It was built over years ago. But a monument does exist at Oak Woods Cemetary to commemorate the many unknown dead from the camp, called Confederate Mound.
I’m also proud to announce that I will be presenting at Chesnutt Hill College’s “Legacy of the Civil War” conference in November. The paper will explore a personal narrative written by Union veteran Charles Cummings who lost his feet in a work related accident but tries to obscure this fact through his writing. By calling himself a “war relic,” he suggests to the reader that his injuries are actually war related. Cummings’ pamphlet provides an excellent example of late nineteenth century attitudes towards veterans as well as discourses surrounding disability and poverty.
For more information on the conference, visit: http://www.chc.edu/civilwar/
After months of editing, my article on Stephen Crane’s novel “The Red Badge of Courage” is due to be published in the Fall issue of “American Literary Realism. In that article I provide an original perspective on this classic Civil War tale that exposes the resentment of the younger generation of middle class white men coming of age in the 1890s and the aging veterans of the Civil War.