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Subject: Re: [SOUTHERN-UNIONIST] Corinth, Camp Davies and Camp Glendale
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2008 21:20:00 EDT
Ditto here... into my second year as a grad student in my second masters
program (and facing masters comps exams in less than two weeks... Yikes!).
I see this project as a filter for the best info. We read a claim and
discuss our take on it (as unbiased as we can be), along with some valuable quotes
from the claim (we can't forget the value of first person narrative). All of
the claims, whether allowed, barred or disallowed, are of interest. In fact,
I ran across one barred claim that was great. You could read right through the
man applying. He was in it for one thing... to get money, and the real
Unionists ratted him out in the investigation process. He was actually involved
during the war in making iron goods for the Confederacy (especially a lot of
horseshoes, nails, and the like).
In a message dated 10/7/2008 9:14:14 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
I am subscribed to Footnote. The SCC claims are wonderful, and I've had the
same idea and would love to contribute, although I am in school full-time
and don't have a lot of time. I have transcribed a couple of claims for my
historical research and would be glad to share them. I believe Footnote only
gives access to the allowed claims, however; I find the disallowed claims
often just as interesting. The Commission often rejected claims for reasons
that seem so petty to me, in cases in which I know and believe that the
claimants were indeed loyal and suffered. I suppose they necessarily had to
have high standards of proof, but it all underscores how unfair the war was.
Footnote also is gradually adding Union muster rolls (the Confederate rolls
are mostly complete).
--Joseph T. Richardson
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